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.


Our Spring Agenda Is Coming Soon
Below is a look at our Fall Agenda (Held in November, 2016)

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.

Moderator: Mike Castino, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services

Jamie Anderson, Managing Principal, Tierra Funds
Andrew Chanin, Chief Executive Officer, PureFunds
JD Gardner, Founder, Aptus Capital Advisors
Dodd Kittsley, Director, Davis Advisors

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.

Moderator: David Perlman, Exchange-Traded-Fund Sector Strategist, UBS

David Weild, Chairman, Weild & Co.
Max Wolff, Market Strategist, 55 Capital Partners
Nick Colas, Chief Market Strategist, Convergex
David Levy, Chairman, Jerome Levy Forecasting Center

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.

Moderator: Julie Abbett, Executive Director, Head of ETF Sales, J.P. Morgan

Stephen Hammers, Chief Investment Officer, Victory Capital Management
Matthew Goulet, Vice President, Fidelity SelectCo
Robert Nestor, Head of iShares Smart Beta & Fixed Income Product Strategy at BlackRock
Mark Nordman, ETF Specialist, Principal Global Equities

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

1st Place: Michelle Gu, University of Chicago*
2nd Place: Alexander Parker, University of Texas at Austin
3rd Place: Ramiro Diaz, University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
4th Place: Chau Bui, Cal Fullerton**
5th Place: Aaron Lidawer, University of Pennsylvania

* Presented by Nathalia Pryce, Director of Marketing & Distribution, SEI Investments & SEI Women’s Network
** Presented by Jeffrey Scott, Director, Virtual Research Center, WorldQuant

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.

Moderator: Seth Kadushin, Director, Capital Markets, Virtus ETF Solutions

John Bartlett, Portfolio Manager, Reaves Asset Management
Jonathan Stanley, Managing Director – Fixed Income, Newfleet Asset Management
John Cole Scott, Chief Investment Officer, CEFA
Kevin D. Mahn, President and Chief Investment Officer, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management

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.

Moderator: Nicholas Antaki

Craig Siena, Financial Advisor, Stifel
Jason S. Fitz, Private Wealth Advisor, Lincoln Financial Advisors
J. Emmett Towey, Managing Director, Hightower Advisors
Monique Castillo, Financial Advisor, Oppenheimer & Co.

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:Mansi Singhal, Principal, qplum

Brad Vopni, Director Capital Markets, Nextshares
Dana D’Auria, Director of Research, Symmetry Partners
Eric Pollackov, Global Head of ETF Capital Markets, Invesco PowerShares
Matthew Tuttle, CIO, Tuttle Tactical Management

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.