Columbia Threadneedle Prime Talk in Zürich : Bullish on bonds in 2023 ?

Prime Talk & lunch – March 28th, 2023

Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich

Columbia Threadneedle Investments (Switzerland)
Bullish on bonds in 2023?
Which market is more attractive for fixed income investors: the US, Europe or the Emerging Markets? Why?

Global bond markets were rattled in 2022 by the aggressive policy pivot of major central banks to address persistent inflation. There has also been enough of a fundamental disconnect between Europe and the US, driven by the geo-political crises that this is probably the first time in many years that the US and Europe offer diverging opportunities in fixed income.

Although emerging market bonds have seen significant drawdowns in 2022 putting yields at very elevated level a highly selective and active approach in identifying the rewarding investment is key.

Please join us on on March 27th in Geneva to discuss the opportunity set for fixed income investors with our experts.


11:45  Welcome drink

12:15  Introduction

12:20  Macro Economic Outlook – Inflation vs. Recession ?
Steven Bell, Chief Economist EMEA

12:50  A comeback year for credit
David Oliphant, Head of Fixed Income Client Portfolio Management

13:20  Headwinds or tailwinds? Emerging Market Debt in the post-Covid era
Adrian Hilton, Head of EMD

13:50  Wrap up

Steven Bell is the Chief Economist EMEA for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Steven provides macroeconomic and strategy input, notably as part of asset allocation process for the multi asset solutions unit. He joined F&C Asset management in 2013 which ultimately became Columbia Threadneedle, after seven years running a significant Global Macro hedge fund at GLC Ltd. Before that, he spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank and predecessor companies as Global Chief Economist and Head of Global Markets Research. Steven has economics degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford University and started his career as an Economic Adviser at the UK Treasury. He prepares a popular weekly macro video podcast, appears regularly on TV and radio and has written numerous articles on finance and economics. You can access his weekly podcasts via our website or on LinkedIn.

David Oliphant was born in Perth, Scotland in 1965 and graduated from the University Of St Andrews Perth Academy. He has worked at Columbia Threadneedle Investments since 1989 where he is currently an executive director. David manages a number of bond funds and is a member of the IMMR. Outside of fund management he enjoys skiing, chess, music and the cinema and theatre.



Adrian Hilton joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments in June 2016 as a Fixed Income portfolio manager in the Interest Rates & Currencies team. He became head of Global Rates and Currencies in 2017 and later head of Global Rates and Emerging Market Debt in October 2020. Following the acquisition of BMO Global Asset Management by Columbia Threadneedle Investment in 2021, Adrian became head of the combined Emerging
Market Debt group. Prior to this, he spent eight years as a portfolio manager at Brevan Howard Asset Management, where he traded Emerging Markets local rates and currencies.


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Registration before March 24th: by phone at +41 22 566 17 32, by email at

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Prime Talk & lunch


28th of March 2023


De 11:45 à 14:00


Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich


This event is reserved for professional investors.
Registration before March 24th: by phone at +41 22 566 17 32, by email at


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