Mercer Global Investment Forums 2013 – Amsterdam
10–11 DECEMBER, 2013

The theme for Mercer's Global Investment Forums 2013 is "Smart Investing in a Low Growth World." Although we are now more than five years into the global financial crisis, debt reduction and deleveraging continue to overshadow the medium-term outlook. The challenges associated with fiscal consolidation and banking reform in the major economies are likely to dampen growth for many years to come. Still, with risk premia high and investors defensively positioned, markets can make progress despite the macro gloom. However, investment strategies will need to be stress-tested to ensure they can add value in this unusual environment of abundant liquidity, sluggish growth and episodic financial flare-ups.

The Forums explore how to invest smartly and maximize the opportunities available to long-term investors. Opportunities include;

The Forums have evolved to become a highly anticipated event in the industry; gathering institutional investors, fund managers and Mercer Investments together to transfer knowledge, share ideas and network. As in previous years, we will present some of the finest intellectual capital produced across the investment continuum of Research and Tools, Advice and Solutions.

We aim to bring smart investors together throughout 2013 to explore how to achieve successful investment results despite the subdued economic environment.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Joris Luyendijk
Non-fiction author, journalist, and talk show host
Joris Luyendijk (b. 1971) studied political science, history, Arabic and anthropology. He was editor-in-chief of Move Your World Magazine about young people and development cooperation. Between 1998 and 2003 he lived in Cairo, then Beirut and finally East Jerusalem, working for the newspapers de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad as well as for Dutch radio and television. He has published Egypt–A Good Man Sometimes Hits his Wife (1997), The Corner of the Veil (2001) and Almost Human (2006). In 2002 he was awarded the Golden Pen, the Dutch prize for journalism.

Since May 2011 he lives in London. He writes a blog for The Guardian about the City, the financial heart of London. As with his earlier projects his objective is mainly to observe and describe.
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Photo: Merlijn Doomernik