Saturday, July 4th, 2015
10:49 PM
Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks from:

SPEAKERS:

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

SPEAKERS:

  • 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?

SPEAKERS:

  • 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Ronald DeLegge, Founder & Chief Portfolio Strategist (ETFGUIDE.COM)
  • James Picerno, Editor (CAPITALSPECTATOR.COM)
  • Larry Steinberg, Financial Quarterback (FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS)
  • Joe Burgoyne, Director (OPTIONS INDUSTRY COUNCIL)
10:49 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Thomas Schneeweis, President, ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT ANALYTICS, LLC, Professor of Finance (UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS)
  • Ronald Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Architect, 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)
10:49 PM
Networking Refreshments
10:49 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Joseph Witthohn, VP (EMERALD ASSET MANAGEMENT)
  • Vinny Catalano, President & 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)
10:49 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?

SPEAKERS:

  • Tom Lydon, Editor and Publisher (ETF TRENDS)
  • Stephen Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Global ETFs (BNY MELLON ASSET SERVICING)
  • Mark Sladkus, Founder & President (RED LIGHTHOUSE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT)
1:05 PM
Networking Luncheon
10:49 PM
INDUSTRY UPDATE

SPEAKERS:

  • Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & 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

SPEAKERS:

  • James Bicksler, Professor of Finance & Economics - Business School (RUTGERS UNIVERSITY)
  • 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)
10:49 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Seddik Meziani, PhD, Professor of Economics and Finance (MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • Jerry Davis, Principal (AMERICAN PENSION PROFESSIONALS)
  • Ed Lynch, Vice President (PAX WORLD MANAGEMENT LLC)
10:49 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)

SPEAKERS:

  • Ronald Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Architect, Founder (RYAN ALM, INC.)
  • Daniel Weiskopf, Principal (FOREFRONT CAPITAL LLC)
  • Larry Steinberg, Financial Quarterback (FINANCIAL ARCHITECTS)
10:49 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?

SPEAKERS:

  • Rob Ivanoff, Director of Research (FINANCIAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH)
  • 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)
10:49 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?

SPEAKERS:

  • Michael Johnston, Managing Director (ETF DATABASE)
  • 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)
10:49 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Lloyd Davis Raines, First Vice President (RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT)
  • Louis Randazzo, Senior Enforcement Counsel (U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION)
  • Kevin Kelcourse, Assistant Director, Enforcement Division (U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION)
10:49 PM
Networking Refreshments
Plenary Sessions
10:49 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

SPEAKERS:

  • Vinny Catalano, President & Global Investment Strategist (BLUE MARBLE RESEARCH)
  • 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)
10:49 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?

SPEAKERS:

  • Mark Sladkus, Founder & President (RED LIGHTHOUSE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT)
  • Mark Abssy, Senior Index and ETF Manager (ISE ETF VENTURES)
  • Rob Ivanoff, Director of Research (FINANCIAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH)
  • Rick Ferri, Managing Partner (PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS, LLC)
6:00 PM
Networking Reception
7:00 PM
IMN’s 2nd Annual World Series of ETFs and Indexing Concludes
Event Contacts
Managing Director
Andy Melvin
(212) 901-0542
amelvin@imn.org
Head of Conference Coordination
Jill Rockett
(212) 901-1897
jrockett@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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