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Power of 3 Virtual Event

19 May 2020 | 10.00AM


Join BlackRock, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Schroders on 19 May for the 2020 Power of 3 Virtual Event. Gain insights from portfolio managers and investment specialists on a range of relevant topics for your clients.

The webinar runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes, each group will present once and we will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentations. The webinar is CII accredited for up to 1.5 hours of structured learning and meets the CII member CPD scheme requirements*.


10.00am Introduction
10.05am BlackRock
The fundamentals of absolute equity investing, Stefan Gries
10.30am Q&A
10.35am J.P Morgan Asset Management
Global dividends: Delivering income without sacrificing future growth, Sam Witherow
11.00am Q&A
11.05am Schroders
Global Cities, real estate investing in a Covid-19 world, Tom Walker
11.30am Q&A
11.35am Close



European Absolute Return

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Global Equity Income Fund


Global Cities Real Estate


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BlackRock Presentation Synopsis

The fundamentals of absolute equity investing

In a heterogenous sector which has delivered a large spread of outcomes, Stefan will discuss his experience of running equity long/short absolute return portfolios through the investment cycle. He will describe how a fundamental approach focused on simple stock picking, long and short, can help reduce volatility and beta and assist with drawdown management in a portfolio. Stefan is co-manager of the Blackrock European Absolute Alpha Fund which offers a compelling track record of absolute performance across varying market environments.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how a flexible absolute return fund focusing on capital protection can benefit a broader portfolio
  • Describe how fundamental insights can help identify long-term winners and cut through the noise
  • Provide an approach on how to short for alpha, not just to hedge risk

Stefan Gries, CFA

Director and Portfolio Manager

Stefan Gries, CFA, Director and Portfolio Manager, is a member of the European Equity team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Active Equity Group. He is manager of pan-European flexible portfolios and co-manager on the European Absolute return (long/short) portfolios and Europe ex UK long-only portfolios.

Prior to joining Blackrock in 2008, Mr Gries spent 2 years at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership where he completed a 2 year graduate program. Since joining BlackRock, he has worked both as a portfolio manager and as an analyst covering, at various times, energy, pharmaceuticals, insurance, consumer and business services on behalf of the European Equity team.

Mr Gries earned an MA in Economics & Spanish from the University of St. Andrews in 2005.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Presentation Synopsis

Global dividends: Delivering income without sacrificing future growth

Against a backdrop of attractive corporate profitability but heightened macroeconomic uncertainty, companies around the world have increasingly been favouring shareholder returns over capital investment. Please join Sam Witherow, portfolio manager of the JPM Global Equity Income Fund, to understand how a global approach to dividend investing can capture the best of these opportunities, balancing attractive income today with sustainable future growth.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why a global approach to dividend investing is key in the search for yield
  • Learn how a global equity income fund can be constructed to deliver an attractive, growing dividend yield across a broad range of companies
  • Discuss current investment insights and opportunities

Sam Witherow

Portfolio Manager, Global Equity Income Fund

Sam Witherow, Executive Director, is a portfolio manager in the International Equity Group, based in London. Sam is responsible for co-managing the Global Dividend portfolio. An employee since 2008, he was previously a global sector specialist responsible for covering the global energy sector. Sam obtained a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol and is a CFA charterholder.

Schroders Presentation Synopsis

Global Cities, real estate investing in a Covid-19 world

All areas of real estate are being affected by Covid-19, structural changes are now being dramatically accelerated. It is crucial to understand which real estate sub sectors will emerge from this stronger and those locations and assets which will be materially weaker.

Learning objectives:

  • Impact of Covid 19 on real estate
  • Which sub sectors are most impacted
  • Benefits of diversification

Tom Walker

Co-Head of Global Real Estate Securities

Tom Walker is Co-Head of Global Real Estate Securities at Schroders, which involves being responsible for the investment strategy of the Schroder Global Cities Real Estate, Schroder ISF Global Property Securities, Schroder Global Real Estate Securities Income and Schroder ISF Asia Pacific Property Securities. The total AUM is approximately £1.1bn GBP. He joined Schroders in 2014 and is based in London. Tom was a Deputy Head of Global Listed Real Estate at AMP Capital from 2005 to 2014, which involved being responsible for investment, team management and client relationships. He was in the Valuation, Funds Management, Advisory departments at Jones Lang LaSalle from 1999 to 2005, located in both London and Sydney. Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Real Estate from London South Bank University; MRICS; BA in Politics from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.



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J.P. Morgan Asset Management

At J.P. Morgan Asset Management, we have over 150 years' experience managing money on behalf of clients around the world. Our global reach, with presence in more than 40 countries, brings expertise in every major asset class, including equities, bonds, property and commodities. This allows us to offer a diverse choice of strategies to meet a wide range of investor needs.

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