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

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 – 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.

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.

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: Wyatt Smith, University of Central Florida
2nd Place: Matthew Parks, University of Central Florida
3rd Place: Michelle Gu, University of Chicago
4th Place: Kashif Anwer, Rutgers University
5th Place: Matthew Tarka, Xavier University

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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