The conference
IMN's World Series of ETFs & Indexing is an intense one day conference designed to arm attendees with education and knowledge to thrive in the world of investment management. With 12 in-depth sessions and network opportunities, this exciting one-day conference brings together public and private plan sponsors, fund managers, financial advisors and planners, traders, index and service providers, researchers and academics for a full-day of learning and networking. Sessions include: * Enhancing the Asset Allocation Process: Creating the Right Balance * The ETF Revolution: What Roads to Conquer Next * How to Analyze ETFs and Make Product Decisions * Global Investment Strategies * Risk Based Asset Allocation: Balancing Risk and Return * Target Date Indexes and Products * The Role of ETFs and Indexing in an Institutional Portfolio * Active ETFs: Will They Succed Indexed ETFs * Gaining Exposure: Incorporating Commodity and Currency ETFs in Your Portfolio * Finding Your Portfolio Fix With Fixed Income Indexes * Index Construction Methodology: Choosing the Best * Trading ETFs and Getting Best Execution
Who should attend
Plan Sponsors including: Public plans, Corporate plans, Union plans and Non-Profit plans. Endowments, Foundations, Health-Care organizations and Non-Profit investors Other institutional investors such as Sovereign Funds, Native American Groups, Family Offices, High Net Worth Individuals Fund managers Researchers Academics Index and service providers Traders Investment consultants Financial advisors/planners/RIAs
Friday, June 24th, 2016
7:48 PM
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks from:


  • Jacqualine Rubbo, Vice President & Producer, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT NETWORK
8:05 AM
Conference Chairperson’s Opening Comments

  • Joseph Witthohn, VP, EMERALD ASSET MANAGEMENT
8:10 AM
STILL LIVING AND LEARNING THE LESSONS OF LEHMAN BROTHERS
· How we got into the Financial Crisis · Dodd-Frank to the Rescue? · How do we get out of this mess? · Are we in a gold bubble?

  • Mark Williams, Educator, Author and Risk Management Expert, BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
9:05 AM
ENHANCING THE ASSET ALLOCATION PROCESS: CREATING THE RIGHT BALANCE [ Related Content ]
- Determining the best strategy: Strategic, Dynamic, Tactical - Portfolio Rebalancing: Deciding when the time is right - Washington’s impact - Choosing the right asset to compliment your current mix

  • Ronald DeLegge, Founder & Chief Portfolio Strategist, ETFGUIDE.COM (Moderator)
  • James Picerno, Editor, CAPITALSPECTATOR.COM
  • Larry Steinberg, Financial Quarterback, FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS
  • Joe Burgoyne, Director, OPTIONS INDUSTRY COUNCIL
7:48 PM
THE ETF REVOLUTION: WHAT ROADS TO CONQUER NEXT
- A review of the current ETF landscape and future opportunities and challenges - Where is the industry going in terms of new products? Is this the direction it should be going in? - A look at the continuing evolution of ETFs in investors' portfolios - ETF trends: A focus on environmental issues

  • Thomas Schneeweis, President, ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT ANALYTICS, LLC, Professor of Finance, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS (Moderator)
  • Ronald Ryan, Founder, RYAN ALM, INC.
  • Michael Dieschbourg, Board Member, INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION, Managing Director, BROADMARK ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC
  • Joseph Keefe, President and Chief Executive Officer, PAX WORLD MANAGEMENT LLC
  • Thomas Porrazzo, Managing Director, BNY MELLON
7:48 PM
Networking Refreshments

7:48 PM
HOW TO ANALYZE ETFs AND MAKE PRODUCT DECISIONS
- When to use certain products to capture efficiency: ETFs, ETPs, ETNs, Closed-End Funds and Mutual Funds - Ranking product features and strategy fit: Not all products are created equal - Are people analyzing ETF’s correctly - Are end users misusing the products and if so how? - Defining tracking error and tracking risk - Managing ETF growth: Capturing opportunity

  • Joseph Witthohn, VP, EMERALD ASSET MANAGEMENT (Moderator)
  • Vinny Catalano, Global Investment Strategist, BLUE MARBLE RESEARCH
  • Ed McRedmond, SVP- Business Development Director, INVESCO POWERSHARES
  • William Rhind, Head of Sales & Marketing, ETFS MARKETING, LLC
  • Douglas Wolfe, Managing Partner, SADDLE RIVER CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC
7:48 PM
GLOBAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES [ Related Content ]
- A look at Emerging Market equity and bond ETFs - Measuring liquidity and exploiting the markets - Opportunities in Frontier markets - Regulatory risk and ownership limits - What is the source of growth of interest in global markets?

  • Tom Lydon, Editor and Publisher, ETF TRENDS (Moderator)
  • Stephen Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Global ETFs, BNY MELLON ASSET SERVICING
  • Mark Sladkus, Founder & President, RED LIGHTHOUSE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
1:05 PM
Networking Luncheon

7:48 PM
INDUSTRY UPDATE

  • Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner and Co-founder, ETFGI
12:00 AM
 
Please Note Concurrent Sessions Are Divided Into Track A and Track B

Track A

2:05 PM
RISK BASED ASSET ALLOCATION: BALANCING RISK AND RETURN
- Risk Parity: Improving Risk Diversification - Minimum Variance Based Investing - Benefits to a Plan Sponsor of a Risk Parity approach to asset allocation over the traditional 60/40 framework - Rebuilding assets and reducing future loss with reducing volatility exposure - Comparing different environments: When to rebalance - Exploring the hidden risks and misuses

  • James Bicksler, Professor of Finance & Economics - Business School, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (Moderator)
  • Jack Ablin, Chief Investment Officer, BMO PRIVATE BANK
  • Richard Michaud, President and Chief Investment Officer, NEW FRONTIER ADVISORS, LLC
  • Philip Gocke, Managing Director, OPTIONS INDUSTRY COUNCIL
7:48 PM
THE ROLE OF ETFs AND INDEXING IN AN INSTITUTIONAL PORTFOLIO
- Changing the portfolio: Liquidity, Low Cost and Transparency - Using ETFs to exposure a portfolio to an array of asset classes - Choosing which ETFs work for your plan - Active vs. Passive Investing

  • Seddik Meziani, Professor of Economics and Finance, MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY (Moderator)
  • Jerry Davis, Chief Investment Officer, PIEDMONT FAMILY OFFICE
  • Ed Lynch, Vice President, PAX WORLD MANAGEMENT LLC
7:48 PM
TARGET DATE INDEXES AND PRODUCTS
- Target Date Investing: diversifying and gaining exposure - Investing to maintain your lifestyle - Traditional 401(k) plans vs. ETF-based 401(k) plans - Active ETFs in 401(k)

  • Ronald Ryan, Founder, RYAN ALM, INC. (Moderator)
  • Daniel Weiskopf, Principal, FOREFRONT CAPITAL LLC
  • Larry Steinberg, Financial Quarterback, FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS
7:48 PM
Networking Refreshments

Track B

2:05 PM
ACTIVE ETFS: WILL THEY SUCCEED INDEXED ETFs
- Has their time to shine finally arrived? - Are most markets sufficiently inefficient to make active management work? - Where and when should active investors look for opportunities? - Is regulatory uncertainty impeding Active ETF product development? - Where is the line between passive and active management? - Is the liquidity for active ETFs as robust as it is for passive ETFs?

  • Rob Ivanoff, Director of Research, FINANCIAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH (Moderator)
  • David O'Leary, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, AER ADVISORS, INC.
  • William Donahue, Director, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
  • Alex Gurvich, Founding Member / Managing Partner, THE ROCKLEDGE GROUP
7:48 PM
GAINING EXPOSURE: INCORPORATING COMMODITY AND CURRENCY ETFs IN YOUR PORTFOLIO [ Related Content ]
- Exploring vehicles used to gain exposure to commodities: What’s your strategy? - Are Commodities getting physical? Creating a physical demand - Future based commodity indices vs. commodity related equity investments - Implementing a long/short strategy as a compliment or as an alternative to employing inverse ETFs - Cashing In: What is likely to be the next global currency hot-spot? - How is the European Debt Crisis affecting the currency market?

  • Michael Johnston, Managing Director, ETF DATABASE (Moderator)
  • John Serrapere, Director of Research, ARROW INSIGHTS, LLC
  • Patrick Finn, Director, ETF Business Development, VAN ECK GLOBAL
  • Rick Harper, Director of Fixed Income, WISDOMTREE ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC.
  • John Hyland, Chief Investment Officer, UNITED STATES COMMODITY FUNDS LLC
7:48 PM
STAY CURRENT: MEETING QUALIFICATION AND REGULATORY OBLIGATIONS
- New and proposed SEC and MSRB rules: Who does it affect? - New Procedures for individual and entities dealing with public pension funds - Breaking down the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

  • Lloyd Davis Raines, First Vice President, RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT (Moderator)
  • Louis Randazzo, Senior Enforcement Counsel, U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
  • Kevin Kelcourse, Assistant Director, Enforcement Division, U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Plenary Sessions

7:48 PM
Networking Refreshments

7:48 PM
TRADING ETFs AND GETTING BEST EXECUTION [ Related Content ]
- Examining new efficiencies out of the trading process: Reducing market impact and opportunity costs - Using Transaction Cost Analysis for analyzing, monitoring and enhancing trading performance - High Frequency Trading: How has this impacted cost over last 3 years? - Best Practices in ETF trade execution and access to liquidity - The Future of Quantitative Investments

  • Vinny Catalano, Global Investment Strategist, BLUE MARBLE RESEARCH (Moderator)
  • Paul Zubulake, Senior Analyst, AITE GROUP
  • Briton Ryan, Head of ETF Sales & Trading, NEWEDGE USA
  • Kevin O'Connor, Managing Director, ITG
  • Adam Sussman, Partner & Director of Research, TABB GROUP
7:00 PM
IMN’s 2nd Annual World Series of ETFs and Indexing Concludes

6:00 PM
Networking Reception

7:48 PM
INDEX CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY: CHOOSING THE BEST
- Explore how various providers construct and adjust the content of individual products - Withstanding downturns and benefiting from boom: Managing market exposure - Constructing products vis-à-vis an index - What constitutes good practices, what questions trustees should be asking a prospective provider about fees, liquidity, correlation with other ETFs - Post financial crisis, what are some of the problems index providers are looking to address with new products? - What kind of choices do investors have in accessing alternative investments via indexing strategies?

  • Mark Sladkus, Founder & President, RED LIGHTHOUSE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT (Moderator)
  • Mark Abssy, Senior Index and ETF Manager, ISE ETF VENTURES
  • Rob Ivanoff, Director of Research, FINANCIAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH
  • Rick Ferri, Founder & Member, PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS, LLC
Event Contacts
Managing Director
Andy Melvin
(212) 901-0542
amelvin@imn.org
Vice President, Meeting Planning Department
Jill Rowe
(212) 901-1897
jill.rowe@imn.org
Venue
Seaport World Trade Center

Phone: 800-440-3318
Website: http://www.seaportboston.com/

200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA, 02210
USA


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