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The One Belt One Road Initiative: A New Paradigm in Global Investing

The One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR) is a primary focus of Chinese President Xi Jinping. OBOR is an extensive long-term infrastructure initiative modernizing the original Silk Road trading routes. OBOR will connect 69 countries (including China)1 representing 62% of the world’s population and 30% of global GDP2. A recent Chinese government report estimates the OBOR initiative could see upwards of $6 trillion in investment in the coming years3.

We Believe the OBOR initiative could reshape global trade and provide a long term catalyst for the countries and sectors involved with the initiative.

We will discuss the following topics:

  • The background and history of the One Belt One Road Initiative.
  • China's strategy for this long-term initiative, and sources of funding.
  • The rising demand for infrastructure development across countries participating in the OBOR initiative.
  • How the OBOR ETF portfolio exposure compares to emerging markets indexes.

Participants will include:

  • Brendan AhernChief Investment Officer
  • Dr. Xiaolin ChenHead of Investment Solutions
  • Mark SchlarbaumHead of Capital Markets / Portfolio Manager

1.) “The Belt and Road Initiative: Country Profiles”, as of 7/31/2017
2.) Hellen Chin, Winnie He, “The Belt and Road Initiative: 65 Countries and Beyond”, Global Sourcing Fung Business Intelligence Centre, May 2016
3.) “’One Belt One Road’ Infrastructure Investment Could Total Up To $6 trillion US dollars”, People's Daily Online, 6/20/2015

When: Thursday, September 21,
11:00am – 12:00pm EST

About the Speakers

brendan_ahernBrendan Ahern
Chief Investment Officer

Brendan Ahern is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at KraneShares where he is in charge of the firm’s research, education and investor outreach efforts.

Previously, Brendan worked at Neuberger Berman and Salomon Brothers, and was also an early pioneer of the US exchange traded fund (ETF) industry as one of the first 20 employees of iShares by BlackRock.

Within iShares, Brendan experienced the proliferation of ETFs and the growth of the ETF industry first hand. During his tenure he saw AUM grow from a few billion to $1.5 trillion. This “from the ground up" experience forged his comprehensive expertise with all aspects of the ETF industry including product development, marketing, branding, business strategy, operations, portfolio management, and trade execution.

Xiaolin ChenDr. Xiaolin Chen
Head of Investment Solutions

Prior to joining KraneShares, Xiaolin was a lead portfolio manager with JPMorgan Private Bank where she managed portfolios for high net worth individuals totaling $70 billion collectively.

Over the last ten years Xiaolin has extensive experience in both London and New York in developing and managing investment solutions to help clients meet a wide range of investment targets and objectives.

Xiaolin holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science, both obtained from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Mark SchlarbaumMark Schlarbaum
Head of Capital Markets / Portfolio Manager

Mark joined KraneShares in October 2015 as a Managing Partner, portfolio manager and global head of trading. Mark has over 25 years of investment experience consisting of equity trading in both international and domestic markets as well as managing diversified investment portfolios for some of the largest advisory platforms in the U.S. He previously worked for T. Rowe Price for 7 years where he was responsible for trading over $40 billion of assets consisting of domestic and international equities, options and futures. In 2003, Mark left T. Rowe price to pursue his own successful entrepreneurial endeavors, which ranged from managing equity long-short portfolios to domestic small cap long-only separately managed accounts (SMAs), the latter of which grew to over $400 million AUM.