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Diamond Sponsor

Since its beginning in 1975, Vanguard has become one of the largest investment management companies, with over $3.06 trillion in U.S. fund assets as of June 30, 2015. Vanguard provides an array of investment products, including a full range of low-cost ETFs and mutual funds designed to help financial advisors grow and preserve the wealth of their clients. In addition to our many investments and client-focused services, our commitment to financial advisors includes innovative practice management solutions that can help advisors attract and retain clients, build their practices and enhance their professional development. Vanguard is owned by the Vanguard funds, which are owned by our clients. We make every decision with only our clients’ needs in mind. Our unique structure, along with our commitment to provide outstanding performance, provides financial advisors with many opportunities for building their businesses and enhancing their client relationships. Connect with Vanguard® at advisors.vanguard.com or 800-997-2798.

Platinum Sponsors

FactSet helps the world’s best investment professionals outperform. For more than 35 years, financial professionals have relied on FactSet’s streamlined solutions and unmatched client support to get their jobs done, better. FactSet’s global data sets, powerful analytics and comprehensive data feeds let users stay ahead of market trends, access extensive company and industry intelligence, and monitor performance of their equity and fixed-income portfolios in the office or on the go. Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, FactSet conducts operations with over 6,800 employees in 35 global office locations. Learn more at FactSet.com, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/factset.

First Trust Portfolios L.P. is a privately held company that was established in 1991. First Trust invests across a range of asset classes, offering them through investment vehicles including unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds, variable annuities and separate managed accounts. Many of these portfolios are selected using their proprietary fundamental and quantitative research as well as outside teams from leaders within the industry. First Trust is committed to helping financial professionals better serve investors with superior products, services and results. First Trust currently has assets under management or supervision of over $118 billion as of 6/30/15.

With 717 ETFs and $1.03 trillion in AUM,1 iShares helps clients build their portfolios’ core and meet investment goals. iShares ETFs make investing easy and efficient for investors of all sizes. We are the leading ETF provider, with over a decade of commitment to investors.1  iShares delivers quality funds that clients rely on to invest for the future.2 We harness the experience of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money for investors than any other firm.3

1At 12/31/14.

2iShares Index funds seek to track the investment results of their underlying benchmarks, less fees and expenses. Tracking error is a measure of how closely a fund follows its benchmarked index. Over a 3-year period, as of 12/31/2014, 64% of iShares funds were within 25 bps, and 82% were within 50 bps of their benchmarks, based on the funds’ NAV. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

3$4.65 trillion AUM at 12/31/2014.

For more than 40 years, MSCI’s research-based indexes and analytics have helped the world’s leading investors build and manage better portfolios. Clients rely on our offerings for deeper insights into the drivers of performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and innovative research. Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models, data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research. MSCI serves 98 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the most recent P&I ranking. For more information, visit us at www.msci.com.

Nasdaq Global Information Services leverages reliable, scalable technology and robust distribution channels to provide comprehensive benchmarks and market data solutions across asset classes and regions. Our Global Data Products business provides innovative real-time and historical market data products, as well as analytic data solutions designed to meet new industry challenges. Our diverse families include the Dividend Achievers, Global Equity, Fixed Income, Nordic, Green Economy and Commodity indexes, based upon rules-based, transparent indexes. And with the 2015 acquisition of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, we are one of the largest index providers of smart-beta strategies worldwide (based on AUM).

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $100 billion as of December 31, 2014 PowerShares ETFs trade on both US stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is the world’s largest global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®, S&P Dow Jones Indices has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 1 million indices covering a wide range of asset classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones Indices defines the way investors measure and trade the markets.

Gold Sponsors

Bloomberg Tradebook is a leading agency broker and multi-asset execution technology platform that partners with both the buy side and sell side to provide access to high-quality liquidity, market insight and customized solutions based on innovative technologies, adding value throughout the investment cycle.

At Charles Schwab Investment Management (CSIM), we build and manage funds that can serve as the foundation for well-diversified portfolios. We are leaders in ETFs and mutual funds, including asset allocation and money funds, as well as Fundamental Index® strategies. We invite you to compare our funds to any others – both in terms of product design and cost. Our experienced and dedicated teams are committed to creating and providing access to foundational investment products. They work with clear and focused objectives, rigorous processes and a vision of what is most important – constantly striving to achieve reliable, consistent performance regardless of the environment.

Emerging Global Advisors (EGA) is a leading provider of strategic beta portfolios in emerging markets, and we employ a disciplined, rules-based investment process rooted in research and portfolio strategy. Our investment strategies, including our EGShares suite of ETFs, are designed to help investors generate alpha within their emerging and frontier market allocations. We offer core equity, thematic and equity income emerging and frontier market exposures.

Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions provides investment products and services through Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc., working with investment professionals at financial institutions nationwide, including wire houses, regional and independent broker/dealers, registered investment advisors, banks, trust companies, and insurance companies. The company offers Fidelity Advisor Funds®, exchange-traded funds, variable insurance product portfolios, systematic investment plans and institutional money market funds. For more information about Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions, please call 800-544-9999 or visit advisor.fidelity.com. Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc., 500 Salem Street, Smithfield, RI 02917

FTSE Russell is a leading global provider of benchmarking, analytics and data solutions for investors, offering a precise view of the market relevant to their investment process. A comprehensive range of reliable, accurate indexes provides investors worldwide with the needed tools to measure and benchmark markets across asset classes, styles or strategies. FTSE Russell index expertise and products are used extensively by institutional and retail investors globally. For over 30 years, leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers and investment banks have chosen FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create ETFs, structured products and index-based derivatives.  www.ftserussell.com

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is one of the world’s leading investment managers. GSAM provides institutional and individual investors with investment and advisory solutions, encompassing fixed income, money markets, public equity, commodities, hedge funds, private equity and real estate. We capitalize on the market insights and risk management expertise of Goldman Sachs, helping our clients navigate today’s dynamic markets, identifying opportunities that shape their portfolios and investment goals. We extend these capabilities to the leading pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, individuals and family offices, for whom we invest or advise on over $1 trillion AUM.

Guggenheim Investments is one of the nation’s top ETF providers. Our investment teams have been breaking new ground in ETFs for more than a decade. We offer one of the broadest ETF lineups in the industry, which investors can use to access new markets and asset classes, and potentially invest more efficiently in traditional assets—through strategies like target-maturity fixed-income and innovative equity-index ETFs.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s strategic beta ETFs leverage the same depth of global resources, research capabilities and portfolio management expertise used to guide our actively managed mutual funds. The goal is to deliver better risk-adjusted returns than traditional indexing through a combination of disciplined portfolio construction and informed security selection. Our ETFs continue a 150-year commitment to meet investors’ evolving needs through changing market environments. Today we manage $1.8 trillion across asset classes worldwide while providing market insights and support services to help financial advisors enhance portfolio diversification, client relationships and investment outcomes.

KCG offers leading services that address trading needs across asset classes, product types and time zones. As one of the largest independent market makers, we combine advanced technology with exceptional client service to deliver unique liquidity, lower transaction costs and improve pricing. For every order, we provide a solution—market making or agency, lit or dark, voice or automated. Through KCG’s Global Execution Services, clients have access to sophisticated algorithms and experienced trading desks to access liquidity, maintain anonymity and minimize market impact. We build connections that deliver maximum value for our clients and create more efficient, resilient global markets.

Legg Mason is a leading global investment company committed to helping clients reach their ­financial goals through long-term, actively managed investment strategies. Our diverse family of independent investment managers offer a broad mix of equity, ­fixed income, alternative and cash strategies for clients in six continents.

ProShares offers the nation’s largest lineup of alternative ETFs. We help investors go beyond the limitations of conventional investing and face today’s market challenges. ProShares helps investors build better portfolios by providing access to alternative investments delivered with the liquidity, transparency and cost effectiveness of ETFs. Our wide array of alternative ETFs can help you reduce volatility, manage risk and enhance returns.

Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG) is one of the world’s largest privately held firms servicing major financial markets and trading partners globally. SIG’s ETF Group is a leading ETF liquidity provider with 20+ years’ experience as an on-exchange ETF market maker and 15 years’ serving clients directly. We have developed strong relationships with over 500 customers and trading partners. We take a consultative approach to our business, spanning the ETF usage life cycle: from developing in-depth analysis and customized trading strategies, to providing high-quality liquidity in all market conditions, and serving as a resource on relevant topics across the industry. 

STOXX Ltd. is a leading index specialist, which started in Europe. The launch of the first STOXX® indices in 1998, including the EURO STOXX 50® Index, marked the beginning of a unique success story. Since then, STOXX has been at the forefront of market developments and has expanded its portfolio of innovative indices. STOXX operates globally across all asset classes. STOXX indices are licensed to more than 500 companies, which include the world’s largest financial products issuers, capital owners and asset managers. STOXX indices are used as underlyings for financial products  as well as for risk and performance measurement. www.stoxx.com

Founded in 1984, WBI’s goal is to help investors stay comfortably invested by aiming to reduce risk to capital. Our tactical, low-volatility, alternative strategies can provide investors with a smoother ride than traditional buy-and-hold approaches. The firm’s unconstrained process invests globally to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities or raises cash in an effort to protect capital. WBI targets an optimal blend of bear market capital preservation and bull market return. We offer SMAs, mutual funds and ETFs, with more than $3.5 billion in AUM across all of our product lines (as of June 2015).

Silver Sponsors

ALPS offers innovative portfolio solutions that help financial advisors and institutional investors build better portfolios. We provide satellite and alternative investment solutions focusing on MLPs, alternative income, listed private equity, high-dividend stocks, commodities, global real estate, sectors and emerging markets. We offer these asset classes primarily through ETFs and open-end funds to provide registered, liquid and fully transparent access. We strive to deliver portfolio solutions that allow investors to diversify their core holdings and obtain exposure to attractive investment themes.

Global X is a client-centric, New York-based sponsor of exchange-traded funds that seeks to provide clients access to high-quality, custom and often unique investment solutions. Founded in 2008, Global X is recognized by individual and institutional investors for our smart core, income, alpha, risk management and access suites of ETFs. With over 40 funds available across U.S. and foreign exchanges, Global X is one of the fastest-growing, nimblest issuers of ETFs.

Founded in 2006, IndexIQ is focused on offering institutional class alternative investment strategies that are liquid, transparent, low cost and tax efficient. IndexIQ is a pioneer and leading provider of alternative solutions focused on absolute return, real assets and international strategies that seek to democratize investment management by enabling a broad range of investors to take advantage of the attractive risk/return characteristics of alternatives, while also benefiting from the structural strengths of ETFs and mutual funds. 

Since 1969, Janus Capital Group has stayed true to our mission: deliver better client outcomes through actively managed investment solutions. Today, we offer a broad range of fixed income, equity, alternative and multi-asset strategies managed by Janus, INTECH and Perkins, as well as a suite of exchange-traded products. Through expertise in security selection, portfolio construction and asset allocation, we help investors meet their goals of growth, volatility management, uncorrelated returns and income.

John Hancock Investments provides asset management services to individuals and institutions through a unique manager-of-managers approach. We search the world to find proven portfolio management teams with specialized expertise for every fund we offer, then apply vigorous investment oversight to ensure they continue to meet our uncompromising standards. Our approach to investing has led to a diverse set of investments deeply rooted in investor needs, along with strong risk-adjusted returns across asset classes.

Morningstar Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. We offer an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers and retirement plan providers and sponsors.

PIMCO is a leading global investment management firm with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our goal is to provide attractive returns while maintaining a strong culture of risk management and long-term discipline. We offer a wide range of innovative solutions, including active and index ETFs. PIMCO ETFs offer convenient access to our time-tested investment process, with daily transparency, intraday pricing and low investment minimums. Our active ETFs target attractive, risk-adjusted returns by harnessing our 40+ years of portfolio management expertise, our robust investment process, which combines macroeconomic forecasting with extensive security analysis, and our global resources.

State Street Corporation is the leading global provider of ETF services. A pioneer in the ETF industry, State Street has assisted our clients with many “firsts” through innovation and deep expertise. State Street’s end-to-end ETF service offering, TotalETFSM, is the only global solution that helps you manage uncertainty, capitalize on opportunities, and enhance the value of your services in all major global ETF markets. For more information, visit www.statestreet.com or contact Frank Koudelka at francis.koudelka@statestreet.com.

Founded in 1955, Van Eck Global was among the first U.S. money managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. The firm offers actively managed investment portfolios in hard assets, emerging markets and other alternative asset classes. Market Vectors ETPs have been offered since 2006 and span multiple asset classes. Many of our ETFs are based on pure-play indexes, whose constituents must derive a majority of revenues from the target region/sector. 

WisdomTree launched its first ETFs in 2006 and is the industry's fifth-largest ETF provider. We sponsor 75 ETFs that span asset classes and countries—, U.S. & int’l equity, currency, fixed income and alternatives. WisdomTree pioneered fundamentally weighted ETFs and active ETFs, and is an industry leader in each category. We are the only publicly traded asset manager exclusively focused on ETFs. As of 6/30/15, WisdomTree had $61.9B in AUM. WisdomTree is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under WETF.

Bronze Sponsors

When you Execute with Instinct® through Bank of America Merrill Lynch, you have a global platform to access the natural liquidity from one of the largest private client and institutional networks. Our Trader Instinct® platform helps you achieve high-quality execution via our expansive market presence, financial capital and liquidity destinations.

The Horizons ETFs Group comprises innovative financial services companies offering regional families of ETFs in Canada, the U.S., Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Colombia. With approximately $8.6B in AUM and 141 ETF listings worldwide, the Horizons ETFs Group is one of the largest collective families of ETFs.

Lattice ETFs are based on the belief that the disciplined and intentional allocation of risk is the most influential contributor to long-term growth. The firm’s suite of ETFs spans global equities and provide investors the tools to take better risk in pursuit of capital growth.

Principal Funds delivers global investment management, asset allocation expertise and retirement leadership. Principal Funds, which uses many leading subadvisors in the management of its funds, is one of the largest life cycle fund managers and a leading retirement solutions provider.

REX Shares, LLC (REX) delivers intelligently designed ETFs that seek to solve specific challenges for investors. REX is the sponsor of a suite of S&P 500 and FTSE Emerging Market gold hedged equity ETFs. REX's founder designs exchange-traded products for Barclays Capital, VelocityShares, Credit Suisse and Global X funds.

SEI’s Investment Manager Services supplies investment organizations advanced operating infrastructure to compete among escalating challenges. We were among the first to provide outsourced ETF order-taking capabilities tailored for accuracy, speed, flexibility and transparency. Our customizable platform handles authorized participant processing, accounting, administration, custody and transfer agency, distribution and compliance support.

With nearly 12,000 professionals in over 34 countries, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking tailors issuer and investor solutions via our worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance and global markets. For issuers, we provide a global advisory approach and capital-raising solutions. For investors, we offer investment opportunities and risk management.


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