2016 ETP Spring Forum – New York City

April 6, 2016 – 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 2016. 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 – Opening Market Overview
Jason Trennert, Managing Partner, Strategas Research Partners

9:35-10:25 – New-to-Market 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 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: Kevin Kelly, Chief Investment Officer, Recon Capital Partners

Jay Rhame, Portfolio Manager, Reaves Asset Management
Conor Platt, Co-Founder-& CEO, Etho Capital
Andrew Chanin, Chief Executive Officer, PureFunds
Nick Cherney, Head of Exchange Traded Products, Janus Capital Group

10:25-10:45 – Morning Break

10:50-11:40 – The Evolution of ETP Structures
Time has certainly proven that in the world of Exchange-Traded-Products, Structure matters. Throughout its evolution, we have seen that different ETP structures accomplish different goals. We will hear from experts on a variety of ETP structures as to how each structure facilitates the underlying strategy. We will also explore progressive new structures that may open the door to new entrants and new strategies in the future.

Moderator: Norm Champ, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Brad Vopni, Director Capital Markets, Nextshares
Robert Trumbull, Head of Asset Owner ETF Sales, State Street Global Advisors
John O’Brien, Faculty Advisor, Master’s in Financial Engineering, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Sean O’Meara, ETF Trading, Abel Noser

11:45-12:35 The Continued Growth 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 Advisors are using these strategies in their clients’ portfolios. Our experts will also discuss the benefits and nuances of the different methodologies available.

Moderator: Matthew Goulet, Vice President, Fidelity SelectCo

Eric Pollackov, Managing Director – ETFs, Charles Schwab & Co
Taylor Lukof, Founder, CEO, ABR Dynamic Funds
Deepika Sharma, Managing Director of Investment Research, Astor Investment Management
Joseph Smith, Senior Market Strategist, CLS Investments

12:35-1:30 – Luncheon & Networking Session – Sponsored by BNP Paribas
Sponsors Exhibit Hall

1:30-2:00 – ETF Global Portfolio Challenge, Fall 2015 Top 5 Winners
Presented by Ben Willis, CNBC/Princeton Securities Group & Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg LP

1st Place: Matthew Tarka, Xavier University
2nd Place: Wyatt Smith, University of Central Florida
3rd Place: Vasanthan Thiruvadi, Cal Polytech, Pomona
4th Place: Teng Long Ho, University of New South Wales
5th Place: Matthew Parron, Fairfield University

2:05-2:55 – Today’s Complex World of Fixed Income Investing
Since the financial crisis, 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: A. Seddik Meziani, PhD, Professor of Finance, Montclair State University

Ray Potter, Emerging Market Debt, Stifel
Eric Metz, Chief Investment Officer, SpiderRock Advisors
Steven M. Ivcic, Managing Director Drexel Hamilton
Jay Hatfield, Co-founder and President, Infrastructure Capital Advisors

2:55 – 3:15 Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:05 – Around the Globe: Best Equity Opportunities for this Year?
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: Karl Snyder, Chief Market Strategist, Garden State Securities

David Perlman, ETF Research, UBS
Sebastian Mercado, ETF Research for the Americas, Deutsche Bank
Michael Jabara, Head of ETF and Closed-End Fund Research, Morgan Stanley WM
Paul Kim, Managing Director – ETF Strategy, Principal Global Investors

4:10 – 5:05 – Institutional Asset Owners Roundtable
The business of managing large, institutional pools of capital is a long-term endeavor and Exchange-Traded-Funds have clearly become a growing part of the strategy. As the Institutional Investment community continues to embrace ETFs, many CIOs are evaluating these vehicles as additional methods to achieve various types of exposure. This eclectic panel of institutional asset owners will discuss how ETFs are being deployed by their respective institutions but also what impediments may currently stand in the way of other institutional asset owners using them. The panel will also address the due diligence and selection process for these products.

Moderator: Ken Shoji, Founder/Managing Principal, Stissing Lake Advisors

Eric Alexander, Investment Committee Chairman, Emerson College Board of Trustees
Anne Ford, Director Client Relations, Gatemore
Jeffry Haber, Controller, The Commonwealth Fund

5:25-5:30 – Closing Remarks – Chris Romano, Director of Research, ETF Global

5:30-6:30 – Networking Cocktail Reception (Exhibit Area) – Sponsored by Virtus ETF Solutions
There will be a private reception with a silent auction supporting our featured charity ALTSO**

*IMCA, CFA and CFP have accepted this event for 6 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC®, CPWA®, CFP and CFA certifications.

*A Leg To Stand On (“ALTSO”) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides free prosthetic limbs, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in developing countries who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities. Since 2002, ALTSO has treated more than 12,500 children, offering them the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work and mobility.

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