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ASI2021: Investment outlook: how long can the good times last?

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ASI 2021 Investment  COVID-19  Risk  Leadership

Against a backdrop of stellar investment returns, our panel examines the outlook moving forward. Will inflation trigger a correction or is the pandemic a more pressing concern?

Published Date: 19 August 2021


Carol Austin, Board Director, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation)

Carol Austin is an experienced investment professional with a deep interest in public policy.  She started her finance career with the Reserve Bank of Australia and has held senior positions in asset management, economics and mining. She is currently a director of HSBC Bank Australia, State Super, the Grattan Institute and Infoxchange. She is also Chairman of the ACT Investment Advisory Board. Carol was previously a Guardian of the Future Fund and has served on a number of advisory boards including the Australian Office of Financial Management.

Carol has a Science degree from Monash University and an honours degree in Economics from the Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

David Neal, Chief Executive, IFM Investors

David is IFM Investors’ Chief Executive, responsible for executing the firm’s strategy and delivering strong results for IFM Investors’ clients, shareholders and staff. David leads IFM’s global business, with nine offices and four investment teams: Infrastructure, Debt Investments, Listed Equities and Private Equity.

David joined IFM Investors from the Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, which he joined in 2007 as its inaugural Chief Investment Officer before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2014. At the Future Fund, he established the investment team and built and designed the Fund’s investment model. Prior to joining the Future Fund, David spent 15 years with Willis Towers Watson, where he started his career in the UK. He went on to establish and lead the firm’s investment consulting business in Australia. As Head of Investment Consulting at Willis Towers Watson Australia, David led the team providing advisory services to the Future Fund when it was established in 2006.

Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital

Shane Oliver joined AMP in 1984, becoming Chief Economist in 1994 and is now Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy of AMP Capital. Shane has extensive experience analysing economic and investment cycles and what current positioning means for the return potential for different asset classes such as shares, bonds, property and infrastructure. Shane is a regular media commentator on economic and investment market issues and engages regularly with investors at public events and forums.

Shane is Head of the Investment Strategy and Economics team, responsible for the provision of economic and macro investment analysis which is applied across AMP Capital’s multi-asset funds.

Shane has a PhD in economics which focussed on the validly of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (it isn't) and asset price bubbles (there are). Apart from economics and macro investing, Shane enjoys boating, garden rearrangement, fantasy novels and pop music (particularly Elvis, Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, the Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Katy and Taylor) and is married with two children.



Elysse Morgan, ABC's The Business

Elysse Morgan is a respected business journalist with more than a decade covering and commentating on business, economics and finance in Australia. Elysse is host of The Business, Australia's leading business news television programme broadcast on ABC and ABC News and she co-hosts 7pm Finance on ABC News. Elysse serves on the board of Media Super and donates her time as a director of the Hornsby Kuringgai Women’s Shelter.

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