Professor Deborah Ralston, Director, Australian Centre for Financial Studies, stated today that the ACFS-Finsia Banking and Finance Conference running Thursday and Friday this week in Melbourne is “a must attend for finance practitioners and academics to swap experiences and share knowledge, and to develop contacts across their disciplines.” She noted that the prac-academic conference, now in its 15th year, serves as “a rare interface between academics and professionals in the banking and financial services industry”.

Professor Kevin Davis, Research Director, Australian Centre for Financial Studies, added that in an environment where financial markets are undergoing marked change, understanding recent developments in both theory and practice, and the results of applied research are crucial.

There are many highlights of the event including:

1. Conference Dinner with keynote speaker Steven Munchenberg, CEO, Australian Bankers Association speaking onBanking, for fun and profit on Thursday 30th September 2010 at the RACV Club 501 Bourke Street Melbourne.

2. Eight Morning Plenary Financial Services speakers over the 2 days, cover a breadth of industry critical issues:

  1. Ben Gray, Head, TPG Capital Aust: Private equity investing during & post GFC
  2. Prof Stephen Gray, University of Qld: How to use economic models in practice
  3. Mark Joiner, Executive Director Finance, NAB: Australian Bank Management in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis
  4. Greg Medcraft, Commissioner ASIC: Financial Services: What is on the Forward Agenda for ASIC?
  5. Colin Nicol, Partner, McGrathNicol: Current issues in Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
  6. Dr Don Russell, Chairperson, State Super: Post-Cooper review, do super funds need to reconsider their investment strategies?
  7. Justin Wood, former Barclays Global Investors Australia: Retirement system development and implications for financial market participants
  8. Prof Kevin Davis, ACFS – on the Recommendations from Australia-New Zealand Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee meeting on Repairing Retailing Finance

3. Each afternoon there are 3 concurrent sessions of peer reviewed research, ACFS Research Grant papers and Finsia PD workshops. Research topics covered include:

  • Bank Credit Rating
  • High Frequency Trades
  • Hedge Fund fees
  • Contrarian Investment Strategies
  • Networks in Financial Markets
  • Rating Triggers in Loan Contracts
  • Islamic Banks
  • Consumer behaviour and Margin Lending
  • Basel capital adequacy and Australian bank risk


Deborah Ralston

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