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7th Deutscher Investment-Hochschultag at Goethe University Frankfurt

The 7th Deutscher Investment-Hochschultag was held by Lehrstuhl für Investment, Portfolio Management und Alterssicherung, Goethe University Frankfurt, in close co-operation with BVI, Bundesverband Investment und Asset Management. Professor Dr. Raimond Maurer, as the host President, opened the event on November 25th, 2009, in Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt.


It brought together over 200 participants. This comprised of policy makers, representatives from the supervisory bodies, business leaders from regional ("German") and international asset management companies, accounting, law and consulting firms, as well as professors, researchers, and students from different institutions and universities. The huge presence of the industry practitioners underscored the importance of this event which seeks to enhance the partnership between the academic world and the practical approach.

There were four sessions on the program. Mr. Pablo Antolin-Nicolas, principal economist from the financial affairs division of OECD, made a keynote speech on "Investment Regulations and Defined Contribution Pensions". He gave an overview of his analysis with regard to the impact of different quantitative approaches to regulate investment risk on the retirement income stemming from Defined Contribution Pension Plans. He called for greater attention to the individual pension accounts' wealth and careful regulation consideration due to the ongoing financial crises. Professor Dr. Hato Schmeiser, from University St. Gallen, and Dr. Daniel Guennewig, from Union Investment, hosted the session of "Investment Guarantees: the Perspective of Providers and Customers". They focussed on the consumers view on guarantees and their willingness to pay for it. Professor Dr. Antje Mahayni, from University Duisburg-Essen, and Mr. Herold Rohweder, the director of Allianz Global Investors, gave talks on "Dynamic Portfolio Insurance Strategy in Asset Management" and discussed the pros and cons of a derivative-based approach versus a CPPI-model. The last session about "Open-end Real Estate Funds" was discussed by Professor Dr. Marcel Tyrell, from Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, and Mrs. Barbara A. Knoflach, the managing-committee member of SEB Asset Management AG, the issues on long-term investment and liquidity problem intrigued energetic discussions by the participants. Finally Dr. Wolfgang Mansfeld, BVI-President, gave an outlook on important political topics for the European Asset Management Industry in the next coming years.

All the participants, their great contributions and high spirit of co-operation, have made this event a success. The outcome is truly a remarkable achievement which provides a unique platform for the academicians and practitioners to exchange knowledge in the application of theoretical and empirical analysis to practical problems provokes inspiring discussions on the fields of Investment and Asset Management.

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