2015 Finance Professionals seminars

2015 Finance Professionals seminars

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11 November 2015
The Rocks, Sydney

Chris Condon
Geoff Warren

and others

Contextualising Retirement Income Issues and Solutions

An event supported by Macquarie Applied
Finance Centre

There has recently been an increasing amount of discussion on solutions for the retirement phase of the superannuation industry. Unfortunately, there also appears to be much confusion and misinformation.

Macquarie Applied Finance Centre supports Q Group Australia's initiative to reduce confusion and misinformation about solutions for the retirement phase.

26 October 2015
Sydney CBD

James Lockyer
Development Director at Association of Corporate Treasurers

Current Issues in Treasury

Presented by the Association of Corporate
Treasurers (UK) and Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

James will discuss some of the key issues facing treasurers today, their potential impact on the business, and the timescales involved.  He'll provide a European perspective alongside consideration of the Australian market.

The world is developing faster than ever, so today’s business needs to be actively thinking about tomorrow’s strategy - historic experience is no longer a reliable basis to anticipate the future.  Hear James address issues facing treasury and its ability to facilitate sound investments,
source appropriate funding for those investments, and help manage the risks to stakeholders.

20 October 2015
Singapore, joint event with SAA Global Education

Tony Carlton
Program Director, Corporate Finance,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

How the CFO can use corporate finance skills to contribute to value creation

15 October 2015
Sydney CBD, hosted by KPMG

14 September 2015
Melbourne CBD

Elizabeth Sheedy Associate Professor, Program Director, Financial Risk Management Stream,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

What we know about risk culture

The Risk Culture Project has developed the world’s first rigorously validated survey instrument for assessing the risk culture of large banks.

Now that the methodology has been rolled out to multiple large banks, what do we know about the nature of risk culture and how it varies? Come for an update on the first major empirical investigation of risk culture.

Based on Sheedy and Griffin ‘Empirical Analysis of Risk Culture in Financial Institutions’.

9 October 2015

6 August 2015
Sydney CBD

27 July 2015
Melbourne CBD

Max Morley
Honorary Fellow,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Credit decisioning: the human factor

It’s now well established that humans frequently make cognitive errors in decision making. This session looks at what we can learn from psychology about making better credit decisions.

9 September 2015
Melbourne CBD

17 August 2015
Sydney CBD

Stephen Reid 
Partner | Corporate Finance, National Leader – Valuations, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Optimising project design for value: better decisions for large capital expenditure projects

The value of resources projects is routinely overestimated and poorly understood when projects are sanctioned. Why is this the case?

There is a better way to consider value than the normal base case with a low and a high, to enable better decisions to be made when sanctioning resources projects.

A better approach combines tools and techniques from decision analysis, corporate finance and valuation, portfolio management, data analytics, and behavioural economics to provide tailored insights.

21 August 2015
Sydney CBD

28 July 2015
Melbourne CBD

6 July 2015

Paul Kennedy
Honorary Fellow,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Operational risk and eliciting expert opinion

Risk analysis is relatively easy to perform for high frequency events and in stable environments, such as assessing the potential for credit card fraud in the next month. But some risks are much harder to assess due to either lack of data or a changing business environment.

You'll hear how the research provides insights into how to use expert judgement to produce effective risk assessments.

30 July 2015
Melbourne CBD

10 July 2015
Sydney CBD

Simon Schwarz
Honorary Fellow,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Credit analysis: accounting vs. market or both

In recent years the controversy has raged about the best information upon which to base credit decisions. Is it best to use data from the markets (where available) or the accounts or both? New research provides useful guidance for institutional bankers.

14 May 2015
Sydney CBD

Elizabeth Sheedy
Associate Professor, Program Director, Financial Risk Management Stream,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Cashflow-at-risk modelling

A vast literature exists to guide VaR modelling for short-term trading positions. But what about modelling strategies for longer-term exposures?

With a focus on practical guidance for simulating currency and commodity price exposures, this seminar is based on De Mello, Sheedy and Storck (2015) Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

30 April 2015
Sydney CBD

Susan Edwards
Senior Lecturer,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Secured financing: an essential up-date on the Personal Property Securities Act

If you are a financier do you have enforceable security?  If you are a borrower could you lose ownership of your property? Do you even know what the PPSA is?

This session looks at the first three years of the PPSA, its impact on secured financing, and how the Act is applying to transactions. Some of the Act's consequences include owners losing their property and some financiers losing their security.

The Act has revolutionised security law in Australia and is here to stay.  With the final Review of the Act having just been released, and Review will be debated, those working in the area need to deal with the law on a daily basis.

11 March 2015
Sydney CBD

Professor Rudi Zagst
Mathematical Finance
Director of the Center of Mathematics 
Head of the Chair of Mathematical Finance at Technische Universität München, Germany

A Quantum of Solace – Mathematical lessons from turbulent times

Rudi will examine the burst of the dotcom bubble (2000) and the latest financial crisis (2007–2009) initiating frustrations among investors and quants.

You'll enjoy comprehensive discussion on how best to model financial markets, and in particular, how to forecast market downturns and other economic crises.

Rudi will look at possible answers to this question even if remaining unsolved for generations. He'll start with a weather forecast for the financial market, and continue via the pricing of CDOs under changing market conditions, progressing to a new index for measurement of illiquidity. Finally, Rudi
will attempt to provide solace to all those who thought that the invention of new quantitative models ended with the credit crunch.

19 March 2015
Sydney CBD

19 February 2015
Melbourne CBD

Wai-Yee Chen 
CPA MAppFin (Macq) ADA2(ASX)
Senior Adviser - Derivatives Specialist
Ord Minnett

Instinct vs. Logic: Neuroscience and Finance Professionals - What, when and how

As professionals in finance and numbers-based sectors, we engage in logic, data, facts, research and analysis in almost all of our work.

Well-meaning colleagues, friends and family advise us not to be impulsive in our decision making, not to be led astray by emotions, to have self-control, and to use logic in our daily considerations.

What about when it comes to the big decisions in life and at work? Is it all logic? Or is another type of intelligence at play?

What is this "other" intelligence that we naturally engage in some decisions?  How do we know when to use it?  What is it, anyway?  Do
I have it, can it be trusted, or how do I engage more of it?

explore these questions and gain insight into the interaction of
instincts with logic, and how neuroscience gives us clues to our
integrated intelligence.

27 March 2015
Melbourne CBD

Natasha Hall
Associate Director, Financial Services
Standard & Poor's

Can effective enterprise risk management impact credit ratings?

Examining the way in which the adequacy of enterprise risk management (ERM) can impact credit ratings in the insurance sector, Natasha will also discuss the regulatory drivers of ERM advancement and the consideration of regulatory frameworks within S&P’s industry and country risk assessments.

S&P's approach to detailed ERM, economic capital modelling assessments for insurers, and the  advancement of ERM practices across the Asia-Pacific region, will be explored. 

10 February 2015

Tony Carlton
Program Director, Corporate Finance,
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre

Tips for Improving Valuations

You'll learn of:

  • ways to incorporate mean reversion of earnings, growth options and downside risks into a valuation; and
  • benefits of modelling residual income.
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