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 – Opening Market Overview
John Jacobs, Distinguished Policy Fellow
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
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.
10:25-10:45 – Morning Break
10:50-11:40 – Market Expectations of Our New U.S. President
With the Presidential race finally decided and a new President elected, join our series of experts as they assess the road ahead for the markets given our new Commander-in-Chief. Our panelists will bring their respective market and political expertise to the examination of what may lie ahead for the markets and discuss both the benefits and challenges that the markets could experience given our new leadership. The panel will address the main themes facing investors and relay their key insights to help craft strategies for 2017.
11:45-12:35 The Evolution of Strategic Beta Strategies
As more products come to market and existing ones continue to gather assets, do these transparent, rules-based investment strategies that provide a specific exposure to market segments or factors truly offer alpha at a lower cost than active management? Learn how PMs and Advisors are using these strategies in their portfolios. Our experts will also discuss the benefits and nuances of the different methodologies available.
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
2:05-2:55 – 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.
2:55 – 3:15 – Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:05 – Leaders in Wealth Management: Life after the DOL Fiduciary Rule
This eclectic panel of Financial Advisors will discuss the different approaches taken by each in achieving their successful practices. The discussion will include topics such as the Dynamics of a Team Approach vs. Individual Practitioners, challenges in the age of the “Robo-Advisor” and Client Acquisition as a trusted advisor. The panel will also address the challenges now thrust upon them with the DOL Fiduciary Rule that will go into effect on April 10, 2017.
4:10 – 5:05 – Around the Globe: Best Equity 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.
5:25-5:30 – Closing Remarks – Chris Romano, Director of Research, ETF Global
5:30-6:30 – Networking Cocktail Reception (Exhibit Area)
There will be a private reception for attendees immediately following the program.
*This event has been submitted to IMCA and the CFP Board for 6 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC®, CPWA® and CFP certifications.
* The Expert Series reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice, including substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.