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  • SUNDAY, January 26
  • MONDAY, January 27
  • TUESDAY, January 28
  • WEDNESDAY, January 29
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SUNDAY, January 26, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration Available
ETF University 2014: Advanced Strategies for Sophisticated Advisors
(Complimentary preregistration is required)

ETF.com is proud to announce ETF University, a complete, in-depth, daylong seminar designed to help investors at all levels better understand and use ETFs. Enter at any level and leave an ETF expert. We encourage you to show up early, sit in front and ask questions.

11:00 - 11:10 a.m.

ETF University Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jim Wiandt
Jim Wiandt
Founder & CEO
ETF.com

11:10 am - 12:00 p.m.

ETFs 101: The Hows & Whys
Exchange-traded funds have changed the investment landscape, bringing institutional-quality products to investors of all sizes, with low costs, tax advantages and liquidity. But how do ETFs really work? This session will examine the true advantages that ETFs offer, as well as the risks investors need to be aware of (and avoid).

  • Understanding the creation/redemption process
  • Tracking error, liquidity and counterparty risk
  • Myths and misconceptions
Session Leader:
Matt Hougan
EVP, Global Head of Content
ETF.com

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.

ETFs 201: How to Trade ETFs
ETFs trade like stocks. ETFs trade nothing like stocks. Which is true? The answer is "both." This practical session is designed to educate seasoned traders as well as buy-and-hold investors on the truth about ETF liquidity, and how to get the best possible price when trading ETFs. Topics include:

  • Best practices for trading ETFs
  • NAV, iNAVs and premium and discounts
  • The two biggest myths in ETF liquidity; plus, hidden liquidity risks
Session Leader:
Ugo Egbunike
Director of Business Development
ETF.com
Panelist:
Cory Laing
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

12:50 - 1:50 p.m.

Working Lunch: ETF Advisor Round Table: Building a Resilient ETF Portfolio
Today's most successful wealth managers use ETFs to build institutional-quality portfolios. Hear from leading ETF-focused advisors on how they compete in today's challenging markets, and how they are delivering value to clients.
Session Leader:
Olivier Ludwig
Managing Editor, ETF.com
ETF.com
Panelists:
Jonathan Shiffer
Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Curian Capital LLC
Michael J. Vogelzang, CFA
President & CIO
Boston Advisors LLC
Linda Zhang, Ph.D.,
Senior Portfolio Manager
and Head of Research
Windhaven Investment Management, Inc.

1:50 - 2:40 p.m.

ETFs 301: How to Choose an ETF
"Not all ETFs are created equal" is a tag line the ETF industry has touted for years. What does it really mean? This real-time look inside the ETF wrapper will help you identify the right ETF for clients in every area of the market. Key topics include:

  • Developing ETF due diligence practices: Critical factors to examine
  • Beyond expense ratios: Why the largest/cheapest ETF is not always the right choice
  • The most common mistakes investors make
Session Leader:
Dave Nadig
President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com

2:40 - 3:30 p.m.

ETFs 401 and 402: Fixed Income & Commodities
Fixed income and commodities have been two of the fast-growing corners of the ETF market. But these ETFs can be more complex—and present different challenges—than equity products. This in-depth session will examine the benefits as well as the risks of ETFs in these challenging markets. Topics include:

  • Fixed-income ETFs: Premiums, discounts and other risks
  • Commodity ETFs: What is contango and why does it matter?
  • Both: The best strategies using these products in a portfolio
Session Leaders:
Paul Baiocchi
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Elisabeth Kashner
Director of Research
ETF.com
Panelist:
Kathryn Sweeney
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break

3:50 - 4:15 p.m.

ETFs 403: Currencies & Currency Hedging
Investors often overlook currency, figuring it's a field for hedge funds and day traders. But currency—both direct investment and as part of your equity portfolio—is one of the largest drivers of returns. How do currency ETFs work? Could currency-hedged equity be the key to outperformance? This session will review:

  • Currency ETFs: Taxes and counterparty risk
  • Currency hedging: What it is, how it works and why it matters
  • Carry-trades and other strategies
Session Leader:
Dennis Hudachek
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelist:
Steve Dunn
Vice President,
ETF Investment Specialist
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

4:15 - 4:40 p.m.

ETFs 404: Alternatives, Leverage & Inverse ETFs
Once considered the poster child for ETFs gone bad, leveraged, inverse and alternative ETFs have come full circle. Investors increasingly realize that, when implemented correctly, these products can be useful. This session will highlight how to use these ETFs … and how not to.

  • Resetting expectations for levered ETF returns
  • Should anyone own VIX ETFs?
  • Can you buy hedge fund exposure in an ETF?
Session Leader:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com

4:40 - 5:30 p.m.

Graduate Seminar: Can You Generate Alpha with Beta Strategies?
Using beta vehicles to produce alpha seems counterintuitive, yet many of today's best asset managers are doing just that. Join us for the final core session of the day as we hear from a leading index researcher on how yesterday's alpha may be today's beta. Topics include:

  • Smart beta and factor investing
  • Is low volatility the real deal?
  • Quantitative and momentum strategies to consider
Session Leader:
Raman Subramanian
Head of Applied Research in Americas
MSCI

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Commencement Address: Why ETFs Are the Right Tool for Advisors
Lee Kranefuss is a legend. The former CEO of iShares built that business into the world's leading ETF firm by using a missionary's zeal to educate advisors on the power of ETFs as a solution for clients. In this memorable commencement address, he'll discuss why ETFs are the right tool for advisors in today's market.
Session Leader:
Lee Kranefuss
Executive-in-Residence
Warburg Pincus

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception in the South Palm Court
BREAKOUT SESSION THEMES: Hot Topics Opportunities Strategy In - Depth Seminar

Monday, January 27, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 a.m.

CrossFit (Sign up in the lobby)
VelocityShares is sponsoring two CrossFit Workouts of the Day with Dan Schmieding, a former CrossFit Games competitor and Level 2 coach. Advance sign-up is required and limited to 20 participants at each WOD.

  • Session I: 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
  • Session II: 7:00-8:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration Opens & Breakfast for Delegates and Speakers

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jim Wiandt
Founder & CEO
ETF.com

8:40 - 9:05 a.m.

CIO Remarks: Tim Buckley—Building Portfolios That Work
Vanguard CIO Tim Buckley started with the firm in 1991. Today he oversees $2 trillion in invested assets. In these opening remarks, Buckley examines how advisors can add value for clients today, and whether the investment principles of the last 20 years still hold water.
Presenter:
TimBuckley
Tim Buckley
CIO
The Vanguard Group

9:05 - 9:55 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address
ETFs Risks: Real & Imagined
Each year, ETF.com's Matt Hougan and Dave Nadig put the state of the ETF market in context, discussing how we got here, where we're headed and what surprises we might see in the coming year. This year's presentation will cover:

  • ETF growing pains: Real and phantom risks in ETFs
  • How ETFs are reshaping financial markets
  • What happens next: Where are we going?
Presenters:
Matt Hougan
EVP, Global Head of Content
ETF.com
Dave Nadig
President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com

9:55 - 10:55 a.m.

The Future of ETFs: A Round Table Discussion
Fee wars. Smart beta. The rise of ETF strategists. Record fund closures. ETFs in 401(k)s. Fixed-income worries. The leaders of the ETF industry gather to discuss the hottest topics in ETFs, as well as where the industry is going and what more it can offer to advisors. Additional topics include:

  • Are there too many ETFs? What's left to uncover?
  • Will active ETFs change the game in 2014?
  • What could go wrong in ETFs?
Moderator:
Jim Wiandt
Founder & CEO
ETF.com
Panelists:
Dan Draper
Managing Director, Global ETFs
Invesco PowerShares
Daniel Gamba, CFA
MD & Head of BlackRock iShares
Americas Institutional Business
iShares by BlackRock
Kevin Quigg, CIMA
Global Head of SPDR ETF Strategy and Consulting
State Street Global Advisors
Michael Sapir
Chairman & CEO
ProShare Advisors LLC
Jonathan Steinberg
CEO & President
WisdomTree Investments

10:55 – 11:20 a.m.

Morning Networking Break

11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

The 2014 Macro Panel: The Fed, Fears & More
The Fed is unsure if the markets are healthy enough to taper. Yet every hint of tapering action sends markets into a tailspin. Are we one headline away from a crisis? With rising tensions in the Middle East, emerging market currencies in free fall and interest rates rising, what are the biggest concerns and opportunities for 2014?
Moderator:
Paul Baiocchi
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
John Canally, CFA
Senior Vice President, Economist
LPL Financial
Thomas McManus
Managing Director/Portfolio Manager
Lazard Asset Management LLC
Mark Yusko
CEO & Chief Investment Officer
Morgan Creek Capital Management

12:10 - 12:50 p.m.

Sallie Krawcheck: The Future of Financial Advice
Financial advisors face greater challenges than ever. As former president of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America, Sallie Krawcheck took these challenges head-on, shepherding the world's largest wealth manager ($2.3 trillion in assets) to record results. Krawcheck discusses how to win and retain clients—and deliver results that truly matter—in today's challenging environment.
Session Leader:
Sallie Krawcheck
Business Leader
85 Broads

12:50 - 2:10 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon Address:
The Winner Within
Presenter:
Pat Riley
President, Former Head Coach
Miami Heat

2:15 - 3:05 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS COMMENCE

The Case for International Fixed Income: Why Your Clients Need to Own It
Home-country bias has dominated investors' fixed-income portfolios for years. But yields are higher—and some say risks are lower—abroad. Hear the pros and cons for international fixedincome exposure, including which markets are poised for a strong 2014. Topics to be covered include:

  • To hedge or not: The effects of currency on international fixed-income exposure
  • Portfolio strategy: What to sell to make room for international fixed income
  • Liquidity challenges: Choosing the right ETF
Moderator:
Elisabeth Kashner
Director of Research
ETF.com
Panelists:
Fran Rodilosso
Portfolio Manager
Market Vectors ETFs
Kenneth Volpert
Principal & Head of Taxable Bond Group
Vanguard
Emerging Markets in Crisis? Critical Choices for the Next 10 Years
Emerging markets are changing. Large, multinational companies — once the darlings of emerging market advocates — are underperforming. Economists believe domestic consumer demand will be the driver of growth. Does classic, broad-based exposure still work? Hear from both sides as they debate:

  • The best approach to emerging markets today with ETFs
  • The effects of global currency wars on emergin market returnsg
  • Can frontier markets fill a valid niche?
Moderator:
Dennis Hudachek
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Benoit Anne
Head of Emerging Market Strategy
Société Générale
Marten Hoekstra
CEO
Emerging Global Advisors
Theodore J. Lucas
Founder and Managing Partner
Lattice Strategies LLC
Michael Orzano
Associate Director, Global Equities Indices
Product Management
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Profiting From Chaos: VIX , VXX & Volatility Strategies That Work
Volatility ETPs like VXX promise that ever-elusive goal: profiting when markets get rough. But strong negative returns and persistent contango have spooked investors. Hear leading volatility investors share insights and best practices for making VIX and volatility ETFs actually work for your clients.

  • Understanding VIX and volatility ETFs
  • State of the market: Persistent contango and what it means
  • How to profit in turbulent markets: Turning volatility on its head
Moderator:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Joanne Hill, Ph.D.
Head of Investment Strategy
ProShares
Scott Ladner
Director of Alternative Strategies
Horizon Investments LLC
Johnny Wu
MD, Head of Investor Solutions, Americas
Barclays Capital
Larry Swedroe: The Warren Buffett ETF Portfolio
According to Warren Buffett, the key to successful investing lies not in your intellect, but in your emotions. In this session, BAM's Larry Swedroe distills the lessons from his book, "Think, Act, and Invest like Warren Buffett." Hear:

  • How to control your emotions and stick to a plan
  • Should you listen to market forecasts?
  • Explaining simple portfolios to clients: Adding value and cultivating loyalty
Moderator:
Olivier Ludwig
Managing Editor, ETF.com
ETF.com
Presenter:
Larry Swedroe
Managing Principal & Director of Research
Buckingham Family of Financial Services
& the BAM Alliance

3:05 - 3:55 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Multi-Asset-Class Yield Solutions: A Playbook for Rising Rates
The search for yield has been a struggle since the crisis of 2008, with investors piling into everything from high-yield bonds to equity dividend strategies. Should investors be turning to multi-asset-class yield strategies? And what ETFs can provide this exposure for clients? Leading investors discuss:

  • Why multi-asset strategies make sense in the current environment
  • The construction of multi-asset yield ETFs analyzed
  • The best multi-asset strategies for 2014
Moderator:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
William Belden
Managing Director, Head of Product Development
Guggenheim Investments
Renee Faltings
Senior Investment Advisor
ClearRock Capital LLC
Daniel Weiskopf
Portfolio Manager
Access ETF Solutions LLC

Commodities 2014: Is the Supercycle Over?
The shock waves of 2008 continue to ripple through the commodity markets. But with emerging market growth slowing and production skyrocketing, is the end of the bull market at hand? If there's still growth, what ETF innovations promise the best exposure? Topics include:

  • Commodities by sector: Energy vs. ags vs. metals in 2014
  • The U.S. energy boom: What it means for oil and how you should invest with ETFs
  • Third-generation commodity indexes: Contango fighters in a backwardated world
Moderator:
Drew Voros
Editor-in-Chief
ETF.com
Panelists:
Oscar Bleetstein
Director, Commodities
Credit Suisse
David Cleary
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Analyst
Lazard Asset Management LLC
David Krein
Managing Director, Head of Research
NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes
Martin Kremenstein
Americas Head of Passive Management
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

ETF Options Strategies: How to Win Clients & Protect Portfolios
Gathering assets and winning clients are constant battles. Used correctly, ETF options offer advisors the opportunity to separate themselves from the pack, enhance returns and reduce risk, while managing issues like concentrated stock risk. This unique session will examine:

  • ETF option strategies for income and downside protection
  • Trading smart: How to execute options strategies
  • Reading the market: What you can learn from options
Moderator:
Ugo Egbunike
Director of Business Development
ETF.com
Panelists:
Howard J. Atkinson CFA, CIMA®, ICD.D
Managing Director
Horizons ETFs Management (USA ) LLC
Michael Khouw
Managing Director & Primary Strategist
Dash Financial
Scott Nations
President & CIO
NationsShares
Kevin Simpson
Portfolio Manager
Capital Wealth Planning
Tom Dorsey: The Quest for Alpha
Tom Dorsey is a legendary technical analyst and one of the foremost traders of our time. In this session, he will demonstrate how relative strength can help ETF investors position their portfolios for growth, and how incorporating technical analysis can protect clients and drive success. Topics include:

  • Point-and-figure charting explained
  • Why technicals work: Beyond the voodoo
  • Explaining the benefits to clients: Enhancing loyalty and getting referrals
Moderator:
Sumit Roy
Managing Editor
ETF.com
Presenter:
Tom Dorsey
President & Founding Member
Dorsey Wright & Associates

3:55 – 4:25 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break

4:25 - 5:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MLP Master Class: Facts & Fantasies About MLP ETPs
With the boom in U.S. energy production and concerns about rising rates, many investors are turning to MLP ETFs and ETNs. Are these products the answer, or a wolf in sheep's clothing, leading investors down a path of complexity and unanticipated tax consequences? Topics include:

  • Understanding the taxation of MLPs
  • MLP ETFs and ETNs compared
  • The outlook for different corners of the MLP market
Moderator:
Paul Baiocchi
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
Katherine Schoen, CFA, CAIA
VP, Private Wealth Management Equity Strategy
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Emily Wang
Director of Operations
Alerian
Currencies & Currency Hedging: The Euro, the Yen & the Dollar
After nine years of dollar weakness, leading voices on Wall Street are calling for a new era of dollar strength. Are they right? If so, what does this mean for client portfolios? This session will examine ways investors can take fundamental trends and gain a leg-up over their peers. Topics include:

  • Currency outlook: Debating the dollar's direction
  • Currency-hedged ETFs: Do they work?
  • Other areas of currency strength
Moderator:
Ugo Egbunike
Director of Business Development
ETF.com
Panelists:
Jennifer Bender
Vice President, Index Applied Research
MSCI
Jonathan Citrin
Founder & CEO
Citrin Group
Luke Oliver
Director, Portfolio Manager
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
ETF Strategists: The Value of Outsourcing: Building Resilient Portfolios
With fixed-income yields down and international equity returns flagging, is a 60/40 portfolio still able to sustain investors? This asset allocation session will focus on how investors should be constructing portfolios in a post-QE world, and how ETF strategists can play a role. Additional topics include:

  • Should investors overweight equities? Should they own any fixed income?
  • Do alternative exposures merit a bigger role in portfolios?
  • Is a strategic approach required?
Moderator:
Brian O'Donnell
Managing Director, Head of Asset Manager Sales
BlackRock
Panelists:
James Breech
President, CEO, CIO
Cougar Global Investments
Paul Ingersoll
CEO
Good Harbor Financial LLC
Chris Mirrione, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Alesco Advisors LLC

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address
Robert D. Kaplan: America, the Middle East & Your Portfolio
Acclaimed American journalist and chief geopolitical strategist for Stratfor, Robert D. Kaplan discusses how the current state of the Middle East could derail growth and why spiking oil prices could further damage emerging market economies. He also shares his long-term outlook on America as a superpower, and what that means for the global economy and client portfolios.
Session Leader:
Robert D. Kaplan
Chief Geopolitical Analyst
Stratfor

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Yacht Reception
This year, the yacht sets sail from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There will also be a dock-side steel drum reception for land lovers.
BREAKOUT SESSION THEMES: Hot Topics Opportunities Strategy In - Depth Seminar

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 a.m.

CrossFit (Sign up in the lobby)
  • Session I: 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
  • Session II: 7:00-8:00 a.m.

07:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Morning Yoga
Class will meet in front of the Spa & Fitness Center

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast for Delegates and Speakers

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Workshop: DIY – A Guide to Building, Registering & Selling a New ETF
Got an idea for a new ETF? The options for going from concept to market have expanded dramatically in recent years. This 45-minute workshop will examine the ABC's of building, registering, marketing, managing and selling an ETF. Topics include:

  • The registration process: Working with the SEC and other regulatory agencies
  • Threshold for success: How big does your ETF have to be to sustain itself?
  • Control: What's given up and what's maintained in different methods for launching an ETF?
Moderator:
Dave Nadig
President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
Frank Koudelka
Senior Vice President, ETF Product Specialist
State Street Global Services
James McGowan
Senior ETF Product Manager & Executive Director
J.P. Morgan
Michael Mundt
Partner
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

8:45 - 8:55 a.m.

Chairperson's Introduction
Martha King
Managing Director &
Head of U.S. Financial Intermediaries
The Vanguard Group

8:55 - 9:45 a.m.

Morning Keynote Address
Liz Ann Sonders: The Economic & Market Outlook

Charles Schwab & Co.'s chief investment strategist shares her insight on the direction of the U.S. and global economies, and what it means for the markets. Learn the leading indicators, trends and opportunities to monitor—and the best ways to capitalize on them for your clients.

Presenter:
Liz Ann  Sonders
Liz Ann Sonders
Senior VP, Chief Investment Strategist
Charles Schwab & Co. Inc

9:45 – 10:35 a.m.

Fixed Income: Do ETFs & Indexing Work for Bond Exposure?
Fixed-income ETF assets are surging. But bond ETFs face special challenges, including illiquid underlying holdings and volatile premiums and discounts. Do fixed-income ETFs really work? And what are they doing to the fixed-income market in general? This hard-hitting session will examine:

  • Answering the hard questions: Premiums, discounts and spreads
  • Could the great rotation wreak havoc on fixed-income ETFs?
  • Are fixed-income indexes fundamentally flawed? The case for and against active management
Moderator:
Matt Hougan
EVP, Global Head of Content
ETF.com
Panelists:
Dave Gedeon
Associate Vice President
NASDAQ OMX Global Information Services
Cory Laing
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
Curtis Mewbourne
MD & Head of Portfolio Management
PIMCO
James (JR) Rieger
Vice President, Fixed Income Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.

Morning Networking Break

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

From Low Vol to High Quality:
Smart Beta & the Future of Portfolio Management
From the 2008 crash to the rise of the "new normal," investors have had to look for new ways to think about the markets. This session will explore and explain the role and use of smart beta and factor products, as well as inform investors about the merits of these funds. Topics include:

  • The theory behind low-vol and smart-beta strategies
  • Understanding the differences of factor-based approaches
  • Are the trades crowded?
Moderator:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Nick Cherney
CIO & Co-Founder
VelocityShares
Vitali Kalesnik, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Head of Equity Research
Research Affiliates
David Koenig
Investment Strategist, Indexes
Russell Investments
Will McGough, CFA
Portfolio Manager
Stadion Money Management
Dan Waldron
Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist
First Trust Portfolios L.P.

12:05 – 1:35 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon Address
Presenter:
TheOnion
The Onion
America's Funniest
News Source

1:45 – 2:35 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS COMMENCE

ETF Trading Seminar: Generating Excess Returns When Executing ETF Trades
This special trading seminar will take attendees through all aspects of ETF trading, with the goal of finding places to add excess returns through smarter executions and intelligent traderouting strategies. Additional topics to be covered:

  • ETF trading basics: The truth about underlying liquidity
  • Step-away trades: Different approaches, different results
  • Asset-class-by-asset-class advice: Finding alpha
Moderator:
Ugo Egbunike
Director of Business Development
ETF.com
Panelists:
Sanjay Chablaney
Head of ETF Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tim Coyne
Global Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets
State Street Global Advisors
Robert Glownia, CFA
Quantitative Analyst RiverFront Investment Group LLC
China: The Outlook & How to Invest in it With ETFs
No one is really sure what to make of China. Is the government going to step in and ensure that growth continues? If not, just how hard of a landing are we in for? Hear from leading China experts about what investors should be expecting. Topics include:

  • Can you trust the data? Financial reporting and its implications
  • The hard landing: What happens if things go wrong?
  • ETF exposure: The best approach to a challenging market
Moderator:
Dennis Hudachek
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Bryan Chan
Chief Executive
China Exchanges Services Company Ltd.
Ben Johnson
Director, Passive Funds Research, North America
Director, Global ETF Research
Morningstar Inc.
James McDonald
CEO/Chief Investment Officer
Index Strategy Advisors Inc.
Jamie Perrett
Director, Index Research
FTSE
Sector Rotation Theory: Momentum vs. Business Cycle Approaches Using ETFs
Academics and advisors are split on their approach to sector rotation: Does a simple momentum strategy carry the day? Or are strategies linked to business cycles more effective? This panel will examine both approaches and discuss the best sectors for ETF investors. Additional topics include:

  • Understanding the differences in sector ETFs
  • Tactical strategies and trends to monitor
  • How to identify and establish a buy-and-sell discipline
Moderator:
Paul Baiocchi
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
Denise Chisholm
Sector Allocation Portfolio Manager
Fidelity Investments
Dan Dolan
SVP
Sector SPDRs
Thomas G. Fox
CIO
Quantitative Advantage LLC
Sebastian Mercado
ETF Strategist, Vice President
Deutsche Bank
Smart-Beta and Factor-Based Investing 2.0: In-Depth Implementation Strategies
Building on the morning plenary, this in-depth workshop goes a level deeper, exploring how the smartest institutions and advisors are integrating smart-beta solutions into client portfolios. Must you choose between traditional indexing and factor investing, or can you have the best of both worlds?

  • Blending factor-based products with market-cap-weighted portfolios
  • What a smart-beta-enhanced portfolio actually looks like
  • Understanding and managing the overlaps and risks
Moderator:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Anthony B. Davidow, CIMA
Vice President, Alternative Beta and
Asset Allocation Strategist
Schwab Center for Financial Research
Scott Kubie
Chief Strategist
CLS Investments LLC
Daniel Morillo
MD & Head of Research & Co-Head of
Model Portfolio Solutions Business
iShares by BlackRock
Raman Subramanian
Head of Applied Research
MSCI

2:35 - 3:25 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

How the Pros Profit: Insight From the Trading Desk
Sophisticated ETF traders use every advantage to enhance returns. This revolutionary session examines advanced fixed-income strategies, dividend arbitrage, high-frequency trading and other strategies used to capitalize on the tradability of ETFs. Learn how to profit and avoid pitfalls from these strategies. Topics include:

  • What is HFT? Why does it matter?
  • Prop shops: What they don't want you to know
  • Why ETFs are the best vehicle for seasoned traders
Moderator:
Dave Nadig
President ETF Analyst
ETF.com
Panelists:
Aaron Kehoe
MD, Global Head of ETF Fixed Income
Cantor Fitzgerald
Tyler Mordy
Director of Research & Co-CIO
Hahn Investment Stewards
Institutional Analysis: Index Construction
Institutional investors have abandoned trying to select the "best benchmark" and instead focus on finding the right exposure. This session will take an in-depth look at why index methodology matters and how index providers construct their indexes. Additional topics to be covered include:

  • Uncovering hidden costs inside indexes
  • Building investable indexes in challenging markets
  • Understanding the effects of rebalancing on your returns
Moderator:
Elisabeth Kashner
Director of Research
ETF.com
Panelists:
Rolf Agather
MD, Research & Innovation
Russell Indexes
David Barclay
COO
Center for Research in Security Prices
David M. Blitzer, Ph.D.
MD & Chairman of the Index Committee
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Jonathan Horton
President, FTSE North America
FTSE Group
Finding Yield Without Interest-Rate Risk:
Short-Duration & Nontraditional Bond Strategies
Fears of a rising-rate environment have investors shortening up on duration and searching for bond yields in nontraditional areas like bank loans, floaters, high-yield munis and enhanced shortduration strategy ETFs. Where can you find the income you need? Topics include:

  • Why taking on credit risk makes sense in today's market
  • What you need to know about nontraditional fixed-income ETFs
  • Active vs. passive: Which is the right approach?
Moderator:
Olivier Ludwig
Managing Editor, ETF.com
ETF.com
Panelists:
Sean Clark
CIO
Clark Capital Management Group
William Housey, CFA
Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager
First Trust Portfolios L.P.
Matthew Sutherland
CEO
SecuredGrowth Quantitative Research Inc.
Anne Walsh, JD, CFA
Head of the Portfolio Construction Group
Guggenheim Investments
Rick Ferri: New Research: Why Active Portfolios Don't Work
The active versus passive debate has raged on for years, but most of the discussion has focused on the performance of individual funds. New research by Rick Ferri suggests this is even truer at the portfolio level. What does that mean for your clients? Topics include:

  • A new approach to an age-old problem
  • The benefit of holding passive portfolios for the long haul
  • How investors are getting diversification wrong
Moderator:
Drew Voros
Editor-in-Chief
ETF.com
Panelist:
Richard A. Ferri, CFA
Founder
Portfolio Solutions

3:35 – 4:05 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break

4:05 - 4:55 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Institutional Use of ETFs: Why the World's Biggest Investors Buy Retail Products
Hear from leading experts as they explain why ETFs make sense for them and why these retail products have found a home in their portfolios. Topics include:

  • Where institutional investors are deploying ETFs
  • ETF due diligence at the institutional level
  • How ETFs can be used in the most sophisticated strategies
Moderator:
Matt Hougan
EVP, Global Head of Content
ETF.com
Panelists:
Ian Merrill
Director, Head of ETNs, Americas
Barclays Capital
Shundrawn Thomas
MD, ETF Group
FlexShares ETFs
Matt Tucker
Managing Director, Head of iShares
Fixed Income Strategy, BlackRock iShares
The Contrarian: Is Now the Time to Invest in Europe?

The ECB's pledge to do whatever it takes to get the European economy back on track appears to be bearing fruit. Economies and stock markets are recovering. With its currency weakening, is now the time to add European equities back into your portfolio? How should you do it? Topics include:

  • From Germany to Greece: The outlook for individual countries
  • Fixed income or equity: What's the best approach?
  • ETF analysis: Comparing available ETFs
Moderator:
Drew Voros
Editor-in-Chief
ETF.com
Panelists:
Vinny Catalano, CFA
President & Global Investment Strategist
Blue Marble Research Advisory
John A. Forlines III
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer
JAForlines Global
Paul J. Simon
CIO
Tactical Allocation Group LLC
ETF Strategists: How to Choose an ETF Strategist: Due Diligence Guidelines
Financial advisors have been outsourcing asset management for more than 70 years, but the rise of ETF strategists has changed the game. Hear leading due diligence officers walk through their selection process and share what questions advisors should be asking. Topics include:

  • Evaluating track record and model risk
  • Understanding execution: Critical concepts for true performance
  • Custodial platforms and distribution issues
Moderator:
Katharine Earhart
Director, Head of iShares Connect Program
BlackRock
Panelists:
Barrett W. Ayers II
Chief Solutions Officer,
Managing Director of Portfolio Management
Adhesion Wealth
Melanie Hardin
EVP Corporate Development
& Investment Platform Solutions
LPL Financial
The Showdown: ETF vs. ETF
Choosing between competing ETFs can be difficult. This unique session will feature ETF.com analysts debating the merits of various ETFs that compete head-to-head for your dollars. Among the ETFs to be debated are:

  • EEM vs. VWO
  • HYG vs. JNK
  • SPLV vs. USMV
Moderator:
Olivier Ludwig
Managing Editor, ETF.com
ETF.com
Panelists:
Paul Baiocchi
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Ugo Egbunike
Director of Business Development
ETF.com
Dennis Hudachek
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Elisabeth Kashner
Director of Research
ETF.com

4:55 - 5:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote speech
Jeremy Siegel: Dow 18,000: A Conversation
The "Wizard of Wharton" closes day 2 with an in-depth conversation with ETF.com's President of ETF.com Analytics, Dave Nadig, on the state of the American economy, and why he's bullish on growth.
Session Leader:
Dave Nadig
President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelist:
Jeremy Siegel
Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance
Wharton School of Business

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

"Celebrating the Power of Innovation" Party

BREAKOUT SESSION THEMES: Hot Topics Opportunities Strategy In - Depth Seminar

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 a.m.

CrossFit (Sign up in the lobby)
  • Session I: 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
  • Session II: 7:00-8:00 a.m.

07:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Morning Yoga
Class will meet in front of the Spa & Fitness Center

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast for Delegates and Speakers

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Chairperson's Recap
Martha King
MD, Head of U.S. Financial Intermediaries
Vanguard

8:40 - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address
Nouriel Roubini
Co-Founder & Chairman
Roubini Global Economics

9:30 - 10:20 a.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Total Returns: Accessing Dividend Strategies Through ETFs
Equity dividend strategies have been all the rage since the inception of QE policies, but are these strategies losing their luster? Join leading dividend investors as they make the case for why equity dividend ETFs are still your best source for income.

  • Should equity-income-focused investors look beyond the U.S.?
  • High yield vs. dividend growth: Which will the market reward?
  • The best dividend ETF for today's markets
Moderator:
Dennis Hudachek
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Kim Arthur
CEO & Founding Partner
Main Management
Steven M. MacNamara
Managing Member & CEO
Horizon West Capital Partners LLC
Robert Michaud
Chief Investment Officer
New Frontier
Nicholas Smithie
Chief Investment Strategist
Emerging Global Advisors
Gold, Central Banks & Inflation
There is much to debate about gold: Should it be in every portfolio? Does it really work as an inflation hedge? Will it rally in times of financial distress? We will answer these questions and much more as we discuss inflation, gold and the global central banks. Topics include:

  • Where will gold finish the year in 2014?
  • Gold miners vs. ETFs
  • Fund flows and demand trends: Parsing the fundamental data
Moderator:
Sumit Roy
Managing Editor
HardAssetsInvestor.com
Panelists:
Mary Ann Bartels
MD & CIO, Portfolio Strategies
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Bank of America Corp.
Paul Nolte
Managing Director
Dearborn Partners
Michael Underhill
Founder & CIO
Capital Innovations
ETF Strategists: The Road to $1+ Billion
ETF strategists face challenges to growth. How do you compete in an increasingly crowded market? This session will discuss distribution strategies, how to get on platforms, how to negotiate trading challenges and where to find growth. Hear from gatekeepers and strategists alike as they discuss:

  • Barriers to entry: Getting on platforms and then getting noticed
  • What can go wrong: Trading challenges and client headaches
  • Sales strategies and sales force management
Moderator:
Randy Bullard
CEO
ETF Solution Group
Panelists:
Michael Abelson, CFA
Senior Vice President
AssetMark
Tim Clift
Chief Investment Strategist
Envestnet Asset Management
Scott E. Silverman, CIMA
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Innealta Capital

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Morning Networking Break

10:40 - 11:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The ETF Media: A Conversation
As ETFs have gone from institutional trading vehicles to widely used products for retail investors, has the press kept up? In this provocative panel, leading journalists covering ETFs talk about the challenges of covering the broad-ranging and sometimescontroversial landscape of exchange-traded products. The session will address:

  • Does the media have a pro-mutual fund bias?
  • What are the biggest mistakes reporters new to the space make?
  • What stories will drive ETF media coverage in 2014?
Moderator:
Dave Nadig
President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
Eric Balchunas
ETF Analyst
Bloomberg
Brendan Conway
Columnist & Blogger
Barron's
Tom Lydon
Editor & Publisher
ETF Trends
Tail-Risk Hedging & Protecting Portfolios From Black Swans
No one can predict when, where or how the next black swan event will occur. With that in mind, can advisors do more to be proactive in protecting portfolios and preparing for the next big financial catastrophe? Topics to be covered include:

  • What can we learn from previous black swan events?
  • What areas of the markets are primed for a crisis?
  • Does the ETF structure make exposure to a black swan event more likely?
Moderator:
Paul Britt
Senior ETF Specialist
ETF.com
Panelists:
Joel Dickson
Senior Investment Strategist & Principal
Vanguard
Jared Dillian
Publisher
The Daily Dirtnap
Dennis Gartman
Editor and Publisher
The Gartman Letter
Jan-Carl Plagge
Associate Director & Senior Market
Development Manager
STOXX Ltd.
How Future ETF Regulation Will Impact Your Business … and Clients
Regulatory change hovers over the future of the ETF industry as a significant threat … and a major opportunity. This regulationfocused session will highlight what future regulations might look like, how they will affect ETFs and what it means for your practice. Additional topics include:

  • The regulatory outlook for 2014: From nontransparent active ETFs to position limits
  • ETF strategists and backtested performance: What's next?
  • Remaking the '40 Act?
Moderator:
Paul Baiocchil
Vice President, ETF.com Analytics
ETF.com
Panelists:
Kathleen Moriarty
Partner
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Eric Pollackov
Managing Director, ETFs
Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.

11:30 - 12:10 p.m.

Closing Conference Keynote Speech
Jeb Bush: Leading in a Climate of Change
Presenter:
Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida
(1999-2007); President of
Jeb Bush & Associates
 
 
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