INFINITI Conference TCD 2011: Update

For all your lovers of conferences on international finance, heres one coming up. Its eligible for CFA and ACA continual professional education credits. Thanks to Pioneer , IBM Institute for Business Value and Eventus for sponsorship. Here is a link to the latest draft.

Main highlights :

Monday 13 June 1115-1230 Keynote ” Downsizing financial safety nets: missing elements in crisis driven financial reform” Ed Kane, Boston College. 

Financial reform in Europe and the US is being led by macro economists and industry leaders who turn a blind eye both a regulatory capture and to the deleterious distribution effects it engenders. Although everyone agrees that regulators should control systemic risk, official definitions of systemic risk either the role that government officials play in generating it. Policymakers support of creative forms of risk-taking and their proclivity for absorbing losses in crisis situations encourages opportunist firms to foster and exploit incentive conflicts within the supervisory sector. To restore faith in the diligence, competence and integrity of officials responsible for managing financial safety net, reforms need to rework Information Systems and incentives in the government and financial sectors. The goal should be to align the incentives of private risk managers, accountants, credit rating firms, and government supervisors with those of ordinary citizens. Emphasising the ease of arbitrageur reforms that focus only on strengthening capital requirements, this paper proposes a program of complimentary ways of advancing towards the goal. The most important steps would be to measure regulatory performance in terms of its effect on taxpayer risk exposures and require insured institutions to develop information to support this effort. This entails estimating the explicit and implicit safety net benefits they receive and issuing extended liability securities designed to improve the accuracy of these estimates

Monday 13 June 1600-1800 Industry Roundtable: “The Future of Financial Services” Moderator: Constantin Gurdgiev, Institute for Business Value, IBM; St Columanus AG  & Trinity College Dublin. Speakers include senior thought leaders from IBM Global Banking and Financial Markets Services, Citibank, Bank of New York Mellon, and other leading international financial institutions.

As the global financial system continues to reform and rebuild, the industry is faced with a number of opportunities and challenges. More than ever before, the winners will be those organisations that find the ways to create competitive differentiation, deal with operational complexity and raise their risk and client management capabilities. The roundtable will discuss some of the core future themes for the financial services providers, including:• Where is value being added versus destroyed? • What will financial markets and leading financial institutions look like in 2020? • How will financial institutions compete in the new economic environment? • How will financial institutions regain the trust and mind-share of their clients? • What are the roles that academic and industry partnerships can play in the areas of thought leadership and analytics research in shaping the future of financial services?

Tuesday 14 June 1130-1300  Plenary Session “Alternative Views of the Crisis” Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University, USA

Three broad views of the crisis will be discussed, in particular how financial institutions got themselves into so much trouble. The three views are “too big to fail”, “distorted compensation arrangements”, and “neglect of tail risk”. In particular, it will be argued that the third view provides the most coherent explanation of the various aspects of the crisis.

Plus over 150 papers in all areas of international finance.

  • Banking
  • Banks & Bank Capital
  • Bank Competition & Globalisation & Bailouts
  • Bank Lending
  • Asset Pricing
  • Capital Flows
  • Systemic Risk and Tail Risks
  • BRIC Countries and investments
  • Commodities
  • Cross listings
  • Finance and the macroeconomy
  • International Financial Integration
  • Real Estate
  • International Personal Finance
  • Ratings agencies
  • Modelling contagion
  • EU Sovereign Rates
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy
  • Cross Border Banking
  • Emerging markets
  • Information and trading
  • Credit Default Swaps
  • Development and Finance
  • Precious metals
  • Institutions and culture
  • Portfolio allocation
  • and more!

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