Mercer’s 2012 Global Investment Forums

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Mercer's 2012 Global Investment Forums

Let's not lose the decade - Stepping up to the investment challenge

Asia , Asia


Mercer announces its Global Investment Forums programme for 2012 with events to be held throughout the year in Tokyo, Sydney, Washington DC and London. The Forums will explore what positive actions investors can take to capture existing investment opportunities and manage risk effectively in the current environment. The Forums are designed for investment managers, pension trustees and other institutional investors.


Andrew Kirton, Global Chief Investment Officer at Mercer, commented: "There is no doubt the global economic environment presents significant challenges for investors. We are likely to continue to experience severe volatility in the near term and investors, therefore, may be forgiven for wanting to bury their heads in the sand. However, we believe that by focusing on sound investment practices such as diversification, inflation protection and capital preservation, investors can construct robust portfolios that can weather the financial storm."


Key Mercer investment professionals will be joined by other industry leaders in exploring the Forums' theme, 'Let's not lose the decade: Stepping up to the investment challenge.' Noriko Hama, a specialist in international economics and the Japanese economy, will be the keynote speaker at the Tokyo event and General Sir Rupert Smith, one of Britain’s finest thinkers on geopolitics, will headline the Sydney Forum.


Mercer's Global Investment Forums draw on Mercer’s intellectual capital and research providing institutional investors with valuable insights and thought leadership on the current investment market.


The forums will examine a range of relevant topics including:

  • Practical steps to survive and prosper in the future, based on lessons learnt - or ignored - from past economic scenarios
  • Portfolio construction strategies to drive growth in varied market conditions
  • Intelligent investment solutions for individuals that adjust to different life phases
  • Ideas to create efficient and durable investment portfolios
  • Asset allocation and manager search trends
  • Risk management


Simon Eagleton and Stephen Roberts, Heads of Mercer’s Investment businesses in the Asia Pacific region, said the Forums have been highly praised by delegates in the past and the 2012 conference series is shaping up to be one that no institutional investor or fund manager should miss.


"The Forums are designed for institutional investors, wealth management organisations and fund managers who want to be at the forefront of the latest trends and practices, as well as hear about innovative ideas and solutions," said Mr Roberts.


Mr Eagleton added, "We take great care to construct the Forum agendas so that attendees come away with practical knowledge and insight that will help them achieve their investment objectives. They're designed to enable them to both take advantage of Mercer’s latest thinking, as well as to contribute and discuss their own ideas, so it’s a very interactive experience."


The three key benefits of attending the Forums, they said, were:

  1. Practical tips to achieve investment and risk management objectives
  2. Access to Mercer's views, research, surveys and other intellectual capital
  3. Opportunities to network within the institutional investment community to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.


The cities and dates for the 2012 Forums are:

  • Tokyo – 29 March
  • Sydney – 2 & 3 April
  • Washington DC – 21 & 22 June
  • London – 4 & 5 September



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For more information about Mercer’s 2012 Investment Forums, please visit 
www.mercer.com/investmentforums2012 or contact Linda Russheim.



Mercer is a global leader in human resource consulting, outsourcing and investment services. Mercer works with clients to solve their most complex benefit and human capital issues by designing, implementing and administering health, retirement and other benefit programs. Mercer’s investment services include investment consulting, implemented consulting and multi-manager investment management. Mercer’s 20,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., which lists its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges.