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WSJ City: Investing in a Turbulent World

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Central banks are moving more aggressively than ever. Emerging markets and Europe's banks have sunk and soared. Trade flows are ebbing. And Britain threatens to roil global markets with a possible exit from the EU. We gather together leading investors to discuss the state of the markets and how to navigate them in such volatile times.

Hear in-depth thoughts and analysis from PIMCO's CIO of Global Fixed Income, Andrew Balls, BlackRock's MD and Chief Investment Strategist, Richard Turnill, Wadhwani Asset Management's CEO, Dr Sushil Wadhwani CBE and WSJ's EMEA Editor, Thorold Barker and Senior Columnist, Markets, James Mackintosh.

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  • 07.00 - Doors open
  • 07.30 - Breakfast served
  • 08.00 - Discussion commences
  • 08.45 - Q&A session
  • 09.00 - Conclusion

Andrew Balls | Chief Investment Officer Global Fixed Income, PIMCO

Mr. Balls is PIMCO's CIO Global Fixed Income. Based in the London office, he oversees the firm’s European, Asia-Pacific, emerging markets and global specialist investment teams. He manages a range of global and European portfolios and is a member of the Investment Committee and the Executive Committee. Previously, he was head of European portfolio management, a global portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office and the firm’s global strategist. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, he was an economics correspondent and columnist for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington, D.C. He has 17 years of investment and economics/financial markets experience and holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford and a master's degree from Harvard University. He was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford. Mr. Balls was nominated by Morningstar in 2013 for European Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year.

Richard Turnill | Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock

Richard Turnill, managing director, is global chief investment strategist, BlackRock, leading the investment strategy function within the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). Prior to his current role he was chief investment strategist for the Alpha Strategies Group, responsible for developing strategic plans around the Alpha Strategies product range. He has also served as head of the global equity team within the fundamental active equity division of BlackRock's portfolio management group. He was responsible for leading the team which manages large cap global equity portfolios. Mr. Turnill's service with the firm dates back to 1996, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he led the global equity team and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the investment process. Earlier, Mr. Turnill was a group economist in MLIM's central strategy group, head of MLIM's asset allocation and economics team, and was the chief investment officer for the Merrill Lynch Global Private Client discretionary business in EMEA Pacific. Prior to joining MLIM in 1996, Mr. Turnill worked in the international division of the Bank of England as an economic adviser and the global economics team of Paribas Capital Markets in London. Mr. Turnill earned an MA degree in economics from Cambridge University in 1991.

Dr Sushil Wadhwani, CBE | Chief Executive Officer, Wadhwani Asset Management LLP

Dr. Sushil Wadhwani is currently CEO of Wadhwani Asset Management LLP and a partner of Caxton Associates. Dr. Wadhwani was a full-time external member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England between June 1999 and May 2002. From 1995-1999, Dr. Wadhwani was head of the Quantitative Systems Group, a member of the Management Committee and Partner at Tudor Proprietary Trading LLC. He was previously director of equity strategy at Goldman Sachs International (1991-95) and before that reader/lecturer in economics at the London School of Economics (1984-91). Dr. Wadhwani was educated at the London School of Economics, where he obtained a BSc (Econ), MSc (Econ) and PhD (Econ). He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He is also a governor of the National Institute of Economic & Social Research and a member of the Scott Trust Ltd. board. Dr. Wadhwani was designated a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002.

Thorold Barker | Editor, EMEA, The Wall Street Journal

Thorold Barker is editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In that role he oversees the combined editorial resources of the newspaper and newswires. Mr. Barker began working at the Journal in 2008 when he relaunched Heard on the Street as a global commentary and analysis product, with a team of 16 reporters in seven countries covering business, finance and macroeconomics. Prior to joining the Journal, he worked at the Financial Times from 1998 until mid-2008 as a correspondent and an editor. From 2004 to 2008 he was the U.S. Lex editor writing commentary on technology, media, telecoms, macroeconomy and Wall Street. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Barker worked for Bain & Company, a global business and strategy consulting firm. Mr. Barker graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University with a degree in modern languages (Spanish and Italian).

James Mackintosh | Senior Columnist, Markets, The Wall Street Journal

James Mackintosh is senior columnist, markets for the Wall Street Journal. He joined the WSJ in 2016 from the Financial Times, where he was most recently investment editor and writer of the Short View column. During almost 20 years at the Financial Times he covered banking, the motor industry, hedge funds and personal finance, before becoming comment editor and then a columnist. He started at the FT as the first reporter for FT.com, shortly before the website launched. He is a graduate of St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he gained a first-class degree in Philosophy and Psychology. He spent two further years at the university in postgraduate study of philosophy before entering the real world.



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