We were proud to be a delegate of the UK Fintech Trade Mission to Amsterdam. During this 2 day event (13-14 Mar), we were in a great company with groundbreaking entrepreneurs and startups. This was our second Fintech Trade Mission with the Department of International Trade, UK. We had been selected for the Fintech Trade Mission to Poland as well in Nov 2018, where we delivered the keynote speech.
The programme was very insightful for us as it gave us exposure to companies and their practices in the Netherlands. We appreciated the opportunity to interact with local offices of world-class asset managers – APG, PGGM, KEMPEN, MN, NN, Robeco and Aegon Asset Management. All of these managers are active managers and showed a great interest in the unique offering of Parity One which helps the active managers produce alpha by channelling right research into their portfolios.
We learnt that the Dutch are fond of insuring everything and savings for long term. Hence there is a huge pension corpus coming out of this small country. This is a unique and positive deviation compared to the global trends. The majority of the asset managers end up managing that corpus, mostly in-house with roughly 15-20% external allocations.
We got a good reception to our cloud-based platform Parity One. There was palpable interest in the rooms when we presented our platform and how it can help asset managers and research providers to collaborate better and objectively evaluate research and investment strategies.
We return to the UK with good memories, valuable insights and relationships to grow in the Netherlands.