LONDON (HedgeWorld.com)--The hot run of the commodities sector and its investment prospects will come under scrutiny next month in a forum called Focus on Commodities: 'Distinguishing Between Fact an Fiction'.
The event, which takes place in London on May 11, is being hosted and organized by ABN Amro Global Futures, and promoted in conjunction with Stanley Marchon, the event's lead coordinator and logistical consultants IC LINK. It is being organized in association with the Chicago Board of Trade, NOMOS Capital Partners, Diapason Commodities Management and Amplitude Capital.
Among the speakers are: Richard Sandor, chairman of the Chicago Climate Exchange, Sean Corrigan, chief investment officer of Diapason as well as ABN Amro's global country head Robert Lindo and its managing director of global futures Robert MacArthur.
"Increased use of commodities as an asset class within hedge fund portfolios as well as the demand seen in our existing client base made it necessary for us to create this group," said David Phipps, ABN Amros' global head of commodities, referring to the banks Commodity Investor Sales Group.
"One of the primary objectives of the conference is to promote education in commodities," said Saleha Osmani, co-head of Commodity Investor Sales with ABN Amro. "There are certain myths about investing in commodities as an asset class, and this event aims to explore the thin line between reality and perceived reality within this sector."
"The goal of these 'EDUnars' is to take away the fizzy sales pitches seen in normal forums and stamp out the boredom felt in the more heavy educational events," said Stanley Marchon, head of investor relations, Amplitude Capital. "Debate will be encouraged, with wisdom and knowledge transferred by worldwide experts."
ABN Amro's Commodity Investor Sales Group targets commodity trading advisors, global macro managers, fund of funds, pension funds and family offices. The group is based in London, positioned between specialist metals, softs and the energy desk. The group members are Jamie Philip, Saleha Osmani, Oliver Wilkinson and Joe Walsh.
Over 200 delegates have already registered for the forum.
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