Agenda 2017-04-07T05:28:01+00:00

2017 ETP Spring Forum – New York City

April 7, 2017 – New York Athletic Club

With more than $2 Trillion in U.S. listed ETF assets, the demand from the Financial Advisor and Institutional communities continues to grow for what many hail as the premiere investment vehicle of the future. This comprehensive 1 day program has been built upon the premise of allowing Advisors & Institutions the opportunity to take a deep dive into the most relevant investment themes heading into 2017. Our 5-star speaking faculty will be at your disposal to address cutting edge topics and answer questions.


8:00-8:45 – Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 – Chairman’s Welcome
Chris Romano, Director of Research, ETF Global

9:00-9:30 – Market Outlook – The First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

David Levy, Chairman, Jerome Levy Forecasting Center

9:35-10:25 – New-to-Market ETF Roundtable
This panel of successful Asset Managers will highlight their firm’s ETFs that have recently gone public and reflect some of the strategies that are currently most in demand by investors. Our expert panelists will bring you timely insights on their most cutting-edge investment strategies and discuss what drove their respective decisions to embrace the ETF structure.

Moderator:  Paul Fearday, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services

Kevin Quigg, Chief Strategist, ACSI Funds
Jacob Hutchinson, Managing Director, Premise Capital
Dodd Kittsley, Director, Davis Advisors
Rahul Sen Sharma, Partner, Indxx

10:25-10:45 – Morning Break

10:50-11:40 – Best Execution: What Are The Implicit Challenges Practitioners Face?
The term Best Execution is difficult to define, measure and obtain on a consistent basis. Brokers are legally required to seek the best execution reasonably available for their customers’ orders. While it is not possible to always know our customers objectives, we have a rich framework for discussion. Issues to be discussed include the interrelationships between the different market participants, investors and the rules by which we need to follow. Our industry experts will discuss the major considerations and drivers of liquidity for a wide range of asset classes.

ModeratorJulie Abbett, ETF Sales, JP Morgan

Ethan Kahn, Principal, Wolverine Trading
Bruce Saltzman, Vice President, SPDR ETF Capital Markets
William Stush, Institutional Trading, Flow Traders US
Cory Laing, Managing Director, Equities Market Making, Citadel Securities

11:45-12:35 – The Need to Differentiate Among Smart Beta Strategies
Smart Beta has become a “catch-all” category for many, very different strategies that need to be evaluated, analyzed, selected and managed on the merits, metrics and against the benchmarks that are relevant to their respective individual strategies. Our panel of experts will examine the trap that can be created by aggregating all these rules-based strategies into one general category as well as examine how PMs and Advisors are using these strategies within their portfolios. Our experts will also discuss the benefits and nuances of the different methodologies available.

Moderator:  Alex von Obelitz, Exchange-Traded-Funds, Goldman Sachs

Robert Nestor, Head of iShares Smart Beta & Fixed Income Product Strategy at BlackRock
Mannik Dhillon, Head of Investment Solutions, Product and Strategy, Victory Capital Management
Brendan Ahern, Chief Investment Officer, Kraneshares
Mo Haghbin, Head of Product, Beta Solutions, OppenheimerFunds

12:35-1:30 – Luncheon & Networking Session
Sponsors Exhibit Hall

1:30-2:00 – ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge honoring the Spring 2016 Top 5 Winners
Jim Pacetti, Director of Marketing, ETF Global
Opening remarks, Matt Horne, Fidelity Investments Portfolio Challenge Executive Sponsor

1st Place: Wyatt Smith, University of Central Florida, presented by Matt Horne, Fidelity Investments
2nd Place: Matthew Parks, University of Central Florida
3rd Place: Michelle Gu, University of Chicago, presented by Joyce Rosely, Managing Director, Convergex
4th Place: Kashif Anwer, Rutgers University, presented by Jeffrey Scott, Director, Virtual Research Center, WorldQuant
5th Place: Matthew Tarka, Xavier University, Bruce Dorey, Consultant & Executive Coach

2:00-2:50 – Today’s Complex World of Investing for Yield
The fixed income markets have undergone a series of significant changes, re-defined the current role of bank trading desks, regulatory capital and the implementation of Dodd-Frank. In an environment of rising rates and volatile equities, credit has become an asset class of increasing interest both in terms of the yield potential and uncorrelated returns. In addition to “traditional” fixed income instruments, we will discuss more complex strategies, investment structures and their suitability within a managed portfolio.

Moderator:  Dr. A. Seddik Meziani, Tenured Professor, Accounting & Finance, Montclair State University

John Cole Scott, Chief Investment Officer, CEFA
Paul Kazarian, Portfolio Manager, Saba Capital
Francesco Ossino, Senior Portfolio Manager, Newfleet Asset Management
Francis Rodilosso, Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management, VanEck Securities

2:50 – 3:10 Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:05 – The Future of ESG and Social Impact Issues in Investment Management
The practice of considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investing has evolved significantly from its origins in the exclusionary screening of listed equities on the basis of moral values. A variety of methods are now being used by a wide spectrum of investors from value-motivated to values-motivated. In considering ESG issues across asset classes, we will explore the difference between SRI, CSR, RI, Sustainable investing and ESG. Join these thought leaders in discussing how the application of ESG ratings and other social impact factors can lead to more complete investment analyses and better-informed investment decisions.

Moderator – Paul Kovarsky, Director, Institutional Partnerships at CFA Institute

Mac Ryerse, Director, Responsible Investment, Columbia Threadneedle
Thomas Kuh, PhD, Executive Director, ESG Indexes, MSCI
Conor Platt, Co-Founder-& CEO, Etho Capital
Jamie Kramer, Global Head of Strategic Product Management, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

4:10 – 5:05 – Around the Globe: Best Opportunities for 2017
Today’s managers can increase their levels of success by gaining a thorough understanding of the macro environment from policy and economic cycle perspectives, particularly when combined with proper time horizons. Both domestically and internationally, we will examine where the best opportunities lie as well as discuss relative sector performance and asset allocation methods.

Moderator:  Mike Hogan, Senior Managing Director, Overlay Capital

Jason Orlosky, Chief Investment Officer – Equities & Asset Allocation Strategies, Ziegler Capital Management
Jay Hatfield, Co-founder and President, Infrastructure Capital Advisors
Sara Prager, ETF Strategist, UBS Investment Management
Ed Coyne, EVP, National Sales, Sprott Asset Management USA, Inc.

5:05-5:15 – Closing Remarks – Chris Romano, Director of Research, ETF Global

5:15-6:15 – Networking Cocktail Reception (Exhibit Area) sponsored by Exchange Traded Concepts
There will be a private reception for attendees immediately following the program.

The CFA Institute has approved this event for 6 hours of CE credit, IMCA® has accepted this event for 6 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC®, and CPWA® certifications and the CFP Board has accepted this event for 6 hours of CE credit towards the CFP certifications.

* The Expert Series reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice, including substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.