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- Many have written Robo-Advice off as a fad--however with models projecting AUM between $500bn and 2T by 2020, Robo-Advising appears to be here to stay. How do you plan to adapt to this phenomenon?
- Robo-Advisors have tapped into a segment of the marketplace that had previously been underserved, offering lower fees, personalization, immediacy and lower minimums. Now that these barriers have been opened, how will you take advantage?
- Another contributing factor to “Robo’s” success has been traditional advisors co-opting robo-techniques and partnering with Robo-Advisors. What lessons can be learned from these early adopters?
- What will you do to stay competitive? Buy, Build or Buddy Up with a Robo Advisor? Stick to your knitting?
- Presentation by Cerulli Associates, providing unique insights, analysis and recommendations.
Presentation of Jennifer Muzerall
Presentation of Robert Arnott
- What do people want when they seek financial advice?
- How do women perceive the financial services industry?
- What are the greatest myths about men, women and money?
- How are fears about current and future personal finances playing out in the presidential election?
- What goes into making a Beta strategy “Smart”?
- Is Smart Beta truly an active strategy dressed as passive, or a passive strategy that apes active?
- How do investors mange Implementation Risk? Exposure Risk? Absolute/Relative Risk?
- How can you use Smart Beta to enhance portfolio returns in a down cycle?
- What is driving the fund flows from pensions into ETFs?
- How are pension plans utilizing ETFs and what strategies are they exploring?
- What ETFs would you most like to see introduced? What strategies are you avoiding?
- Is there any room in your portfolio for active strategies, or are you fully converted?
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Kaye Scholer LLP
In addition, the industry’s contributions during the past year will be recognized in the following categories:
- Best ETF and Indexing Research Paper
- Indexing Product of the Year
- Indexing Innovation of the Year
- ETF Product of the Year
- ETF Innovation of the Year
- Now that ETFs are no longer strictly tied to broad indexes, what nooks and crannies of the market are you looking to explore?
- As the ETF universe broadens and diversifies, there is no shortage of products being brought to market. What are some of the most successful new products? What are you considering?
- Recent product launches have included emerging markets and fixed income, what other products are in the pipeline?
- Investors are also showing an increased appetite for risk, with the emergence of leveraged ETFs. Are more volatile and less liquid products on the horizon? What would they look like?
- Assembling an ETF from the ground up can be a costly and complex process. When it goes smoothly it is wonderful, but what are the snags and pitfalls? How many product die on the vine? What steps must go into product assembly? How do you sourcing seed capital. Who operates in this model? How long does it take? Success stories?
- A less frustrating route is white labeling or partnering with another firm. What firms have you worked with? Suggestions? How does a manager vet these service providers? How does the white label firm select their managers? What is the most successful model? How much control does the ETF manager retain or give up in each instance?
- Another option is acquisition, in other words, why build when you can buy? Recent consolidations of note? Why would you buy an ETF rather than develop on in house? Benefits? Risks?
- After selecting a launch option (Assembly, Partner, Acquire) that suites your needs and goals, what are the next steps in your launch? Which method provides the easiest glide path? What channels of distribution do you consider? How much marketing do you need to do?
- How do you approach volatility? Are you short or long vol? If you are long what is your approach, how are you protecting your portfolio? If you are short vol how are you harvesting risk premiums? How do you enhance your return on risk?
- What are you concerns regarding transaction costs? How are you approaching commodities? How do you mitigate contango and roll cost?
- What sectors are less volatile? How are you weighting your allocations? Are you churning and rotating? What are the costs associated with volatility linked Indexes and ETFs?
- What else can you do? Have you considered actively managed ETFs? Are you not worried? What do you know that we don’t?
- What sorts of index/ETF strategies can be used to mitigate volatility? Should long-term investors care about short-term volatility?How should investors evaluate low volatility strategies?
- Is low volatility or low beta a return-generating “factor” in the same way that value or small size are thought of as factors?
- What causes this effect?
- Will it persist?
- Have low volatility strategies become too crowded/popular for their own good? Should low volatility be a tactical or a strategic position?
Presentation of Matt Moran
- How will tighter monetary policy test liquidity in global bond markets?
- How have dealers responded to the post-crisis environment?
- What role are “macro” products including CDX, TRS, and ETFs as an alternative to the OTC bond market?
- How do bond ETFs perform in more volatile markets?
Presentation of Stephen Laipply
- Who are the early adopters? How are actively managed ETFs being used?
- Weighing the daily disclosure and front running concerns for equity managers
- Do actively managed mutual funds cleanly translate into active ETFs?
- Do active ETFs offer more value in fixed income than in equities?
- Rules based tactical indexing: Combines the best of Indexing and Active Management
- Can pension plans better meet their return goals by avoiding bear markets via tactical Indexes?
- Why would you want to currency hedge? Which investors are doing it? Who is it suitable for? Is it too complex?
- How does it work? What are the hot plays today? Is there much demand?
- Are you worried about the dollar? Or are rumors of its weakening greatly exaggerated?
- Other than the Dollar and the Euro, which currencies do you have exposure to?
- Institutional investors and active managers have been using factors to build portfolios for decades. With the development of new technologies, investors are increasingly viewing their asset allocation decisions through a factor lens.
- How are institutional investors implementing the Risk Factor Paradigm to control risk or enhance returns?
- How can investors efficiently access targeted risk factor exposures?
- How have investment regimes impacted performance historically?
- From a practitioner’s perspective, what lies ahead in the risk factor space?
Presentation of Scott Williamson
- Which kinds of institutions are using ETFs? How are they using them? Is this a growing trend or is it an aberration?
- With their sophistication, are they using them in complex ways? Are they using them for short term gains? Or are ETFs becoming core portfolio holdings?
- Which type of ETFs are most attractive? Is there a demand for Fixed Income? Real Estate?
- How much money could potentially flow into the space?
- How can an ETF provider attract the institutional investors? What products are you considering offering?
Presentation of Kevin Nichols
- Which strategies form the core of your approach?
- Which new strategies are you considering?
- What are clients asking you to do?
- How are you beating the market for them?
Presentation of Larry Tint
- Do the current crop of bond ETFs provide enough Yield for investors? Is the corresponding liquidity adequate? Are corporate yields juicy enough—or do investors need to look to more exotic options?
- Are REIT ETFs something you would consider? Do they provide enough Yield? Do BDC ETFs offer enough benefits to be attractive?
- Are the risks involved with HY international bonds sufficiently mitigated by ETFs transparency and liquidity? Which regions and countries present the best opportunities? Are the fears of LATAM and Puerto Rican defaults overwrought?
- Do you have exposure to MLP ETFs? Do you feel that the risk/return profile is attractive, or that the energy market is still in too much flux?
- How do today’s advisors use ETFs to stay competitive? Have we moved beyond the traditional models?
- What do you think your edge is? How do you manage risk? What do you do to keep current?
- What areas of the market scare you? What excites you? What is your biggest bet?
- How are you expanding your client base? How are you managing your existing relationships?
- What are ETF strategists? How many of them exist? How do they operate?
- Why would a client use one? What are their needs?
- What are managed ETFs? What are their benefits? How do they work?
- How much do they cost? And are they a replacement for my mutual fund exposure?
- What sort of internal governance does an Index need to be effective? Whose interests are getting served?
- How repeatable is your process? Can it be proven to be successful? What have you included in your index? What have you excluded? What are you considering adding or subtracting?
- How do you gather your data? How do you interact with your community? How do you provide clarity and transparency?
- What are you doing to remain innovative? Is the space stale? Where do you see it heading?
- What is your approach to emerging markets? What is the demand? Where is the demand coming from?
- Are the BRICS overrated? What other areas are you evaluating?
- Why are you investing in emerging markets? If not, why not?
- How are you investing in EM? Broad products? Target products? Are you considering Sov. Debt? What are your best bets?
- What sort of infrastructure do you need in place to succeed? What sort of operations suite do you need to build? What sort of controls must be in place?
- Which technologies are the most helpful in streamlining business operations?
- How do you evaluate professional service firms to help you grow? What services are you looking for?
- What is your marketing and distribution strategy? What channels are you hoping to tap into? What is your AUM goal? How are you presenting yourself?
Michal Foriest Settles
Presentation of Jerome Schneider
- Do indexes increasingly lead markets, or do they follow? What are the next stages of evolution and innovation?
- Has indexing caused bubbles? Are mangers too tied to their benchmarks?
- Not all indexes are made the same. How are they differentiated? Which ones carry the most risk?
- Can any single index truly be considered “The Market” or is the segmentation in the market too great?
Raman Aylur Subramanian
- How are endowments using ETFs and indexing?
- How does passive fit into the endowment model?
- What challenges are endowments facing? How can ETFs and indexing help?
- What happens when endowments get taxed? How will that impact the investment model?
- Are you investing in energy and commodities today? Is there demand? Is there confusion? What is your play?
- Where are you finding value? Which areas of the energy market are you interested in? What risks concern you?
- Are you bullish or bearish? Which product offerings are you most interested in?
- Other than GLD, which commodity trades are you exploring? Will precious metals make another run like in 2009? Do you have the bug?
- What is the size of ETF Fixed Income Market? What are the flows like?
- Who is investing in Fixed Income ETFs? Why? Are they selecting ETNs as well?
- What sort of product offerings are available? What are the risks?
- What are you allocating to? Where do you see the market heading? What happens if Treasuries pick up?
James 'JR' Rieger
Presentation of Jim Bondelid
- What sort of goals do you have when you set up a portfolio? What are you mainly looking for today? What is the risk appetite? Do investors today stick to long term horizons, or are they more inclined to make shorter term plays?
- How do you diversify your portfolio? Any sectors you avoid? What sectors are in favor? Where are you finding value? What sectors are played out?
- How are you sizing your portfolios? Do investors prefer bigger blocks or are they happy with smaller slices of wider exposure?
- What do clients turn to you for? What is your specialty?
- How are you approaching ESG investing? Which factor is most important?
- Some products opt to focus on all three components, while others will single out one criteria.
- As in other areas, ETFs offer low cost and transparent entry points for investors.
- As they are new and still considered a niche, rather than a standard, SRI ETFs carry a greater expense. However, they are still much less expensive than 40Act Funds or other actively managed vehicles.
- What are the hottest niches to invest in today? Which ones are liquidity traps?
- Are you exposed to High Yield Bonds? Are you exploring leverage? Why or why not?
- Which sectors present the most compelling opportunities? Which ones are toxic? Which ones are fallen angels?
- What are the most esoteric niches you would consider? What niches do you see opening up in the future?
- How has the regulatory environment in Europe impacted the demand for ETFs?
- Who are the main players in Europe? How large is the market? What sort of product is being offered?
- Given the volatility in Europe, what are the risks involved investing in Europe? Are there Non-EU or EMU options?
- What are the strongest plays? Which plays are undervalued? What is the currency risk?
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- remember your login session so you can move from one page to another within the Site;
- store your preferences or your user name and password so that you do not need to input these every time you visit the Site;
- customise elements of the layout and/or content of the pages of Site for you;
- record activity on our Sites so that we understand how you use our Sites enabling us to better tailor our content, services and marketing to your needs;
- collect statistical information about how you use the Site so that we can improve the Site; and
- gather information about the pages on the Site that you visit, and also other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in a “market segment”. This information is only collected by reference to the IP address that you are using, but does include information about the county and city you are in, together with the name of your internet service provider. This information is then used to place interest-based advertisements on the Site which it is believed will be relevant to your market segment. For more information about this type of interest based advertising, and about how to turn this feature off please visit www.youronlinechoices.co.uk. (Please email us at email@example.com if you have any queries about cookies)
Some of the cookies used by our Sites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services (such as interest based advertising directed at your market segment) on our behalf.
To see a list of the cookies and similar technologies used on this Site and instructions on how to turn them on and off click here. (Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about cookies)
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking, deleting or turning off cookies used on the Site you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.
Email tracking: So that we can better understand our users' needs, we track responses to our emails - for example, to see which links are the
most popular in newsletters, and to log and follow up responses to our marketing messages. To do this, we use pixel GIFs, also known as "pixel tags" - these are
small image files that are placed within the body of our email messages. They enable us to tell if a message has been opened and to track click-throughs on links
within the message.
Any other purposes for which Euromoney wishes to use your personal data will be notified to you and your personal data will not be used for any such purpose without obtaining your prior consent.
Consents and opt-outs
You can give your consent to or opt out of particular uses of your data as indicated above by:
- Indicating at the point on the relevant Site where personal data is collected;
- Informing us by email, post or phone; or
- Updating your preferences on the applicable Site;
For turning cookies and similar technologies on and off, see the information in paragraph 5 above.
Information collected at one Site may be shared between Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, Institutional Investor Inc. and other group companies for the purposes listed above.
Your personal data may also be sold to other companies in the form of lists and directories, but only after permission from you in accordance with the provisions above.
We may also disclose your personal data to other third parties, including, without limitation, professional advisers, or governmental or State institutions or regulatory authorities, where necessary in order to exercise or defend legal rights or where required by law.
We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.
Public forums, message boards and blogs
Some of our Sites make message boards, blogs or other facilities for user generated content available and users can participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.
Transfers outside the EEA
Services on the Internet are accessible globally so collection and transmission of personal data is not always limited to one country. Euromoney Institutional Investor plc may transfer your personal data, for the purposes listed above, to other group companies, service providers or other third parties which may be located in countries outside the European Economic Area, whose laws may not give the level of protection to personal data as within the UK. This will include transfers to Institutional Investor Inc. in the US (and Institutional Investor Inc. will collect some data directly from you, in relation to the Sites which it operates) and to third parties who provide us with email and marketing services. Where we conduct any transfers we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
Confidentiality and Security of Your Personal Data
We are committed to keeping the data you provide us secure and will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data from loss, misuse or alteration.
The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features described above to try to prevent unauthorised access.
We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:
- unauthorised access
- improper use or disclosure
- unauthorised modification
- unlawful destruction or accidental loss
All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal data on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of your personal data, are obliged to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose than to carry out the services they are performing for us.
We also give you the option of using a secure transmission method to send us personal data identifiers, such as credit card details and bank account number.
How to Access, Update and Erase your Personal Information
- Postal mail to this address: Data Protection Officer, Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, Nestor House, Playhouse Yard, London EC4V 5EX, UK
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7779 8600
- Email: email@example.com
Upon request, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you. We may require proof of your identity and may charge a small fee (not exceeding the statutory maximum fee that can be charged) to cover administration and postage.
Euromoney allows you to challenge the data that we hold about you and, where appropriate in accordance with applicable laws, you may have your personal information:
- rectified or amended
Changes to this Privacy Statement
We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement to reflect new legislation or industry practice, group company changes and customer feedback. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement periodically to be informed of how we are protecting your personal data.
This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2012.
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