POSTPONED: Active vs Passive Investing – A Risk Worth Taking?

Event Type
CPD Event

Tea/coffee and sandwiches: 12.00 pm

Event start time: 12.30 pm

Event end time: 2.00 pm


The Davenport Hotel, 8-10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin

*** Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed until further notice ***


Debate addressing the relative merits of an Active Investment strategy approach over the growing trend of Passive strategies with respect to several important factors that should be considered by Investors and Trustees including:


  • Price discovery and risks of assets bubbles
  • Corporate governance in the world of large passive holdings
  • Delivering long term value for investors
Brendan Moran, Director, Business Development, Setanta Asset Management and Paul Henderson, PhD, Director, BlackRock Investment Institute
Biographical details

Brendan Moran, Director, Business Development, Setanta Asset Management

Brendan joined Setanta, a boutique active manager, in 2014. He has over 28 years’ investment experience, previously as Head of Equities with Irish Life Investment Managers. He has held various investment roles at Irish Life, including those of Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst, before being appointed Head of Equities in 2006. Brendan has worked closely with both the consultant community and directly with clients in this role, understanding client requirements and implementing active equity strategies.  He qualified with a BComm from University College Dublin and has since received his CDipAF from the ACCA, and MSC (Investment and Treasury) from Dublin City University.

Paul Henderson, PhD, Director, BlackRock Investment Institute

Paul is a member of the Portfolio Research Group within the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII). The team are responsible for developing and curating the core principles and intellectual property that underpin BlackRock's approach to portfolio design, such as capital market assumptions and optimisation tools.  Dr. Henderson joined the firm in 2007. Prior to joining BII, he worked in BlackRock's solutions business, working with a wide variety of clients to construct portfolios to meet their investment outcome needs, taking into account liabilities, capital constraints and investment market conditions.  Dr. Henderson earned an MSci degree in physics from Imperial College London in 2004, a PhD degree in space plasma physics from University College London in 2008 and a Certificate in Quantitative Finance in 2011

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