Absolute Return Symposium 2014

The 11th annual Absolute Return Symposium took place on Wednesday March 19 in New York

The 2014 Symposium once again brought together the industry's leading and most influential managers and investors from across the globe.

The hedge fund industry continues to evolve and thrive, with cumulative assets of the largest firms approaching the pre-crisis peak. A key discussion in the industry revolves around the issue of marketing; while most firms remain undecided about how to navigate a post-JOBS Act environment, the issue of branding and marketing in traditional ways remains as vital as ever.

This year's Symposium therefore paid homage to some of the greatest marketing campaigns.  Themed on famous slogans, this year's program addressed the key trends affecting the industry, as well as evaluating the opportunities and risks associated with core investment strategies.

Michael Lewitt, co-founder and chief investment officer of Eccles Street Asset Management, opened the conference with an insightful presentation entitled: Living on Borrowed Time, which outlined his views on the state of the global economy, as well as highlighting the opportunities to be found in the current environment.

Our second keynote speaker, Steven Tananbaum, chief investment officer of GoldenTree Asset Management , spoke about the opportunities in today's credit markets. Mr Tananbaum gave an engaging presentation, providing a macro economic outlook for the year ahead and explaining the key drivers of opportunities in today's credit markets. During his speech, Mr Tananbaum also took an in-depth look into investments that provide attractive risk-adjusted total return.

Highlights of the day's program included an equity focused panel, entitled: When it rains, it pours, during which four successful managers discussed how they are positioning themselves to take advantage of the current opportunities in equity markets and their strategies for managing the risk.

The Symposium audience also heard from leading allocators and end investors, during two investor-focused sessions: Have it your way: The evolving expectations of institutional investors and Your potential, our passion: Family Offices, which examined the requirements and expectations of investors and explored where investors are planning to allocate in the year to come.

The program also incorporated a 'best ideas' session, Imagination at Work , where three fund managers took to the stage for a round of quick-fire presentations to pitch their best investment ideas.

Full coverage of the Symposium is available on the Absolute Return website:  http://www.hedgefundintelligence.com/AbsoluteReturn-News.html

Absolute Return would like to thank all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and delegates for helping to make this year's Symposium such a great success. We look forward to welcoming you to the Symposium once again next year.