The Broadcast PR Business has just hosted the first international webcast from the top of The Gherkin for The 2013 Behavioural Finance Forum. Singapore, the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Russia and the Phillipines joined the event via the forum’s microsite and webcast: www.behaviouralfinanceforum.com
Barclays, Standard Life Investments, ETX Capital, Russell Investments, Fenchurch Advisory Partners and Rockpool Investments were joined by academics from Cambridge Judge, Bath University, the ICMA Centre and The Open University to hammer out the issues involved in avoiding future financial crashes. Other topics included emotions and trading, emotional corporate finance and can behavioural finance explain investors’ fund choices? Editors from The Economist, Reuters, and Sky News added commentary.
Greg B Davies of Barclays remarked about the event:
“Behavioural finance is becoming a really important part of financial decision-making so any forum like this that takes it to a larger audience, that shows that a focus on personality, on psychology and on emotions is at least as important in getting good investment returns as more technical approaches, is really helpful.”
Brian Scott-Quinn, Chairman of the ICMA Centre at Reading University, added:
“This event was undoubtedly of value…it is an education process.”
Leny Jaubert of Mexico’s Nacional Financiera, said:
“The Forum was very well managed and organised – I was fascinated to hear how sophisticated investors and traders are so affected by emotions.”
Nicola Horlick of Rockpool Investments, commented that she thought the event was valuable:
“It is very interesting to talk about these things…we have had so much stuff going on in the last five years that it’s a good moment to stop and pause.”
Joe Rundle, Head of Trading at ETX Capital, said:
“It’s very interesting to see different parts of the industry with so many common themes on emotions affecting investments and transactions – a really useful event.”
Interest in the event was taken up by a wide range of media, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CBS and NBC websites.
This is one of many business events run by The Broadcast PR Business, www.broadcastprbusiness.com on the top financial issues of the day.
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