Agenda 2018-04-17T20:26:12+00:00

2018 ETP Spring Forum – New York City

April 24, 2018 – 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. 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 – sponsored by Nottingham

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

9:00-9:30 – Opening Keynote
Doug Peta, Global ETF Strategy, BCA Research

9:35-10:25 – New-to-Market ETF Roundtable – sponsored by US Bancorp Fund Services
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: Michael Castino, SVP, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services

Graham Day, VP of Product Development and Research, Innovator ETFs
Lance McGray
, MD and Head of ETFs, Advisors Asset Management
Toby Loftin
, Managing Principal, Triline Index Solutions
Scott Sacknoff
, CEO, Serenity Shares

10:25-10:45 – Morning Break

10:50-11:40 – Leaders in Wealth Management – sponsored by Alps/Sector SPDRS
This distinguished panel includes four Wealth Management leaders to help us explore the different approaches taken by each of these high achieving Financial Advisors to grow their respective practices. The discussion will include topics such as the Dynamics of a Team Approach vs. Individual Practitioners, optimizing the Client Acquisition process, Product and Process segmentation and specialization and the challenges in the age of the “RoboAdvisor” and the Client Acquisition of the Millennial as a trusted advisor……

Moderator: Corey Franco, Founder and Managing Partner, NobleBridge Wealth Management

David Sherrill, CFA, The Vector Group, Morgan Stanley WM
Craig Siena, Financial Advisor, Stifel Nicolaus
Stephen Ruvituso, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch PBIG
Lou Cannataro, FA NorthWest Mutual Life

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

Scott Kefer, Senior Portfolio Manager, VictoryShares
Michael Venuto, CIO, Toroso Investments
Ryan Cvrkel, Senior Vice President, Institutional ETF Strategist, Direxion Investments
Steve Deroian, Head of ETF Strategy, John Hancock

12:35-1:40 – Luncheon & Networking Session sponsored by Innovation Shares
Sponsors Exhibit Hall

1:40-2:00 – ETF Global® Portfolio Challenge honoring the Fall 2017 Top 5 Winners
Jim Pacetti
, Director of Marketing, ETF Global

1st Place: Ryan Hannifan, University of Wisconsin – Madison presented by Matt Clements, Chief Policy Strategist, EventShares
2nd Place: Patrick Michael, Saint Joseph’s University presented by Linda Zhang, Purview Investments
3rd Place: Edwin Lee, Rutgers University
4th Place: Berenice Andaur, Pace University presented by Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director, Innovation Shares
5th Place: William Zhu, University of California, Santa Barbara

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: Chris Hempstead, Head of ETF Sales, Deutsche Bank Securities

Jay Hatfield, CEO and PM, Infrastructure Capital Advisors
Chris Harms
, Portfolio Manager, Natixis
Chris Ferreri
, Chief Operating Officer, HTD
Francis Rodilosso
, Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management, Van Eck Securities

2:55 – 3:10 Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:05 – Artificial Intelligence in ETFs: A New Frontier? Sponsored by Nasdaq
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is computer science focusing on the development of intelligent machines that replicate the behavior of human beings. Artificial Intelligence ETFs potentially stand to benefit from increased adoption and utilization of artificial intelligence. Could artificial intelligence redefine the path of investing in the future? This cutting-edge panel will examine the application of AI and data science to the world of Exchange-Traded-Funds.

Moderator: Conor Platt, CIO, Confluence Capital Management

Ruggero Gramatica, CEO and founder, Yewno
Shalin Madan, CEO, Bodhi Tree Asset Management
Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, Robo Global
Solomon Shields, Product Manager, Analytics Hub, Nasdaq

4:10 – 5:05 – Around the Globe: Best Opportunities for 2018
Today’s asset 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. Our experts will discuss relative sector performance and asset allocation methods as they examine where the best opportunities remain for this year, as well as, look ahead to 2018 to see where they may lie.

Moderator: Patrick Shaddow, Director of Index Operations, S-Network Global Indexes

Tim Seymour, CIO, Seymour Asset Management
Michael Obuchowski, CIO, Merlin Asset Management
Darshan Bhatt
, Co-Founder & Deputy CIO, Glovista Investments
Sean O’Hara
, President, Pacer ETFs

5:05-5:10 – Closing Remarks – Chris Romano, Director of Research, ETF Global

5:10-6:10 – Networking Cocktail Reception – sponsored by Pacer ETFs
There will be a private reception for attendees immediately following the program.

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