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13th Melbourne Money and Finance Conference

Recent Developments in Australian Debt Markets

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The Melbourne Money and Finance Conference series was established in the late 1980s and there have been 11 such conferences with the last held in 2006. The aim of the Melbourne Money and Finance Conference series is to bring together academics, bank and business economists, finance practitioners and public sector professionals to promote informed discussion on financial and monetary issues. It provides an excellent opportunity for meeting colleagues with similar interests but with possibly different perspectives reflecting their academic, business, or public policy backgrounds. The papers presented at prior conferences have been published either as special issues of journals or in book form.


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Sunday 1 June 2008

  7.00 pm Buffet dinner and informal pre-conference get-together

Monday 2 June 2008

  8.50 – 9.00 am Welcome and Housekeeping
  9.00 – 10.30 am Recent Developments in Securitization?
Susan Black, Reserve Bank of Australia


Discussant: Robin Miller, Industry Funds Management



Credit risk models: why they failed in the credit crisis
Wilson Sy, APRA
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Discussant: Harald Scheule, University of Melbourne

  10.30 – 11.00 am MORNING TEA
  11.00 – 1.00 pm Will the real AAA please stand up?
Bill Whitford, Victorian Treasury Corp


Discussant: Owen Covick, Flinders University



Kangaroo Bonds
Jonathan Batten, Macquarie GSM


Discussant: Mervyn Lewis, UniSA

    Australian Hybrids: The evolution continues
Michael Saba, GSJBW

Discussant: Graham Maloney, Macquarie

  1.00 - 2.00 pm LUNCH
  2.00 – 3.30 pm The Future of Fixed Income: An Alternative for Structuring Investments
Geoff Warren, Russell

Discussant: Terrence Hallahan, RMIT University

    Fixed Income Management: Evolution or Revolution?
Susan Buckley, QIC
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Discussant: Howard Pender, Australian Ethical Investments
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  3.30 – 4.00 pm AFTERNOON TEA
  4.00 – 5.30 pm Corporate Bond Spreads
Adam Donaldson, CBA

Discussant: Ben Hunt, UTS

    The Risk Free Interest Rate in Thin Debt Markets
Michael Lawriwsky, ACG Corporate Advisory and the Allen Consulting Group

Discussant: David Tripe, Massey University

  6.30 – 7.30 pm PRE-DINNER DRINKS, including an informal address by Ivan St Clair who took on the role as? acting CFO for Centro Properties from late Dec 07 till March 08.

Tuesday 3 June 2008

  9.00 – 10.30 am Unrated, Unlisted Debenture Markets
Alex Erskine, ASIC

Discussant: Steve Keen, University of Western Sydney

    Household Borrowing/Housing markets
Andrew Worthington, Griffith University

Discussant: Nick Hossack, ABA

  10.30 – 11.00 am MORNING TEA
  11.00 – 12.30 pm Fair Value Issues and Subprime Crisis
David Robinson and John Nguyen, Ernst and Young

Discussant: Peter Matthey, KPMG

    Policy Responses to Sub-prime Market Turbulence
David Love, Treasury

Discussant: Michael Skully (Monash University)