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2018 Agenda

September 24, 2018

7:15 am - 8:00 am
Registration And Breakfast In Exhibit Hall
 
8:00 am - 8:10 am
Opening Remarks

8:10 am - 9:00 am
General Session
Keynote Address:
Dr. Ed Yardeni
, Yardeni Research
Predicting Markets In Trump World
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
President Donald Trump’s policies have been both bullish and bearish for stocks. His deregulation moves and tax cuts have been good for earnings. His “America First” protectionism has increased the risks of a trade war, which would be bearish for stocks. Dr. Ed Yardeni will discuss some insights from his 40 years as an eminent Wall Street prognosticator to predicting how this tug of war between Trump’s bullish and bearish policies will play out.

9:05 am - 9:55 am
• Session A

Multi-Alternative Strategies
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Advisors seeking to provide alternative investments to clients may want an expert to decide how to allocate assets. Hear several experts describe the methodology they use to they combine various alternative strategies and generate both alpha and uncorrelated returns.
Moderator:
Rick Lake, Lake Partners
Speakers:
Brian Murphy, Vivaldi Asset Management
Benjamin Deschaine, Balter Liquid Alternatives
Christopher Lvoff, Goldman Sachs

Session B
Option Strategies To Protect Clients’ Capital Gains
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
As many advisors’ clients enter or approach retirement, they are sitting on significant capital gains. If the markets suffer a serious downturn, their retirement lifestyle could be compromised. This session outlines ways advisors can use options to protect portfolios from that outcome.
Moderator:
Eric Cott, Options Industry Council
Speakers:
Peter Raimondi, Dakota Wealth Management
Eric Metz, SpiderRock Advisors
Dominick Paoloni, IPS Strategic Capital

This Is How You Hit The Client Jackpot!
Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session - Communicating Impact
IWI CE Credit Approved
How to elicit and align client goals with impact investments.
Speakers:
Patrick Drum, Saturna Capital
Joe Levin, BlueStar Indexes

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Morning Network Break In Exhibit Hall

10:30 am - 11:20 am
• General Session
The Value And Growth Investors’ Challenge Today
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Historically, academic research has suggested that value investing has proven to be the best strategy for long-term investors. For the last nine years, investors’ faith in looking for cheaply valued stocks has been challenged. Nonetheless, a handful of gifted value mavens who have managed to thrive will present explain how they are winning against the odds.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Jerome Dodson, Parnassus Fund
Steven Romick, FPA Crescent Fund

11:25 am - 12:15 pm
• Session A
International Equity Allocations: How Much And Where
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Allocating a portion of clients’ assets to international equities is a widely accepted principle of portfolio diversification. But global investing entails a vast universe, and determining where to deploy assets offers opportunities and pitfalls. In this session, global managers will discuss their philosophy about risk and reward attributes of different markets and which ones make sense today.
Moderator:
Perth Tolle, Founder, Life + Liberty Indexes
Speakers:
Steven A. Schoenfeld, BlueStar Indexes
Abhay Deshpande, Centerstone Investors

• Session B
Real Estate: The Boom Isn’t Over
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Real estate shortages looming in many markets. As the economy keeps growing, builders are racing to keep up with demand. In this session, several experts will debate discuss what sectors and regions offer the best prospects.
Moderator:
John Coyne, Crystalview Partners
Speakers:
Scott Recknor, Black Creek Group
Miguel Sosa, Artivest
Jack Goldberg, Time Equities

Learn New Ways To Gather Intelligence!
Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session - Portfolio Monitoring
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
From sector analysis to gender equality -- data are more than numbers.
Speakers:
Mitali Prasad, Trillium
Kelly Coyne, Pax Ellevate Management and Impax Asset Management

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch Keynote

Charlie Cook
Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report
“Charlie Cook Discusses The Upcoming Mid-Term Election”
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
The Current Political and Legislative Environment. For more than two decades Charlie Cook has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, his expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of American politics has been featured on myriad news outlets. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dessert Break With Exhibitors

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
• Session A
Global Long-Short Equity Strategies
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
The synchronized global economic recovery is aging. Few signs of a recession have surfaced but fissures in the system are starting to appear, creating opportunities for long-short strategies. Several top strategies will address both the upside and the downside.
Moderator:
Christopher Robbins, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Jason Horowitz, John Hancock Seaport Fund
Mitch Rubin, RiverPark Funds

• Session B
Blockchain And The Crypto-Assets Craze
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Most advisors believe that blockchain technology is for real and that crypto-assets are a fad. Find out the real story behind the hype.
Moderator:
Dusty Granet, Digital Bridge Partners
Speakers:
Steven McClurg, ARCA Funds
Shiliang Tang, LedgerPrime
James C. Row, Entoro Capital

Don't Gamble, Find Out How To Choose Winners!
Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session - Investment Selection & Portfolio Reporting

CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Choosing the right investments and going beyond financial statements to increase capital values, relay performance, and gain marketing opportunities.
Speakers:
Benjamin Allen, Parnassus Investments
Doug Lopez, Aristotle Credit Partners
Theresa Gusman, Folio

2:55 pm - 3:45 pm
• Session A
Unconstrained Bond Funds: Top Managers’ Best Ideas
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Any advisor seeking to learn about top managers’ highest convictions should look at unconstrained bond funds. In this session, several bond market gurus will discuss their best ideas.
Moderator:
Christopher Robbins, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Gregg Loprete, Water Island Capital/The Arbitrage Funds
Mark Simenstad, Thrivent Financial

• Session B
Alternative ETFs For Low-Cost Diversification
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Some advisors consider alternatives to be expensive. Today, there is a new class of ETFs that seek to deliver alternative strategies at lower costs. Get an overview of alternative ETFs, and find out how do they structure and manage their portfolios. Can the risk/return characteristics of alternative ETFs help advisors enhance portfolio returns?
Moderator:
Rick Lake, Lake Partners
Speakers:
Max Gold, Aberdeen Standard
Ed Coyne, Sprott Asset Management
Mario Manfredi, First Trust Portfolios

The Hottest Investing Trend You Don't Know About!
Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session - Industry Trends

CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Investing in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with managed accounts, exchange traded funds, mutual funds, and alternative securities.
Speaker:
Perth Tolle, Life + Liberty Indexes
Evan Caron, Swytch

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Afternoon Networking Break With Exhibitors

4:15 pm - 5:05 pm
General Session
Different Flavors: Market Neutral Vs. Long-Short

CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Market neutral funds are a subset of long-short funds and they are favorites of institutional investors. In this session, advisors can listen to two gifted managers who have five-star funds compare the two styles and share their best high-conviction ideas.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Ali Motamed, Invenomic Capital
Jon Angrist, Cognios Capital

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Cocktail Reception

September 25, 2018

7:15 am - 8:00 am
Registration And Breakfast In Exhibit Hall

8:00 am - 8:10 am
Day Two Introductions

8:10 am - 9:00 am
General Session
Keynote Address:
David Callahan,
Inside Philanthropy
Giving Like Never Before: Rising Philanthropy Among High-Net Worth Individuals
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
A growing number of wealthy Americans are engaging in philanthropy. They're looking to back a range of causes and institutions they believe in, often working closely with their spouses and children to decide where to focus. But giving away money is harder than it looks and new donors can feel overwhelmed by choices, starting with what kind of vehicle is right for their giving—a donor-advised fund or a private foundation? This session will explore the fast changing landscape of American philanthropy and discuss the challenges facing those looking to become major givers.
Moderator:
Eric Cott, Options Industry Council

9:05 am – 9:55 am
General Session
Top Advisors Explain Where Alternatives Fit In

CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Advisors considering alternative need to figure out how to research and select specific investments and determine where they fit in a client’s overall asset allocation plan. In this session, several experienced leading advisors will discuss why they use alternatives, how they select them and what asset classes alternatives replace as a substitute.
Moderator:
Nicole Tanenbaum, Chequers Financial Management
Speakers:
Paul Pagnato, PagnatoKarp
Laura Tarbox, Tarbox Family Office

10:00 am – 10:50 am
• Session A
Risk Arbitrage Event And Driven Investing
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Investing in event-driven catalysts such as M&A, restructuring or government policy changes offers clients lucrative returns. Although more than 94% of announced deals are completed, regulatory delays and negotiations may make the timing tricky. Similar opportunities for event-driven and catalyst investing drives long-term outperformance and uncorrelated returns over market cycles. In this session, several experts will examine how they deliver differentiated returns to clients.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Dan Petersen, IndexIQ
Roy Behren, Westchester Capital Management
Ben Phillips, EventShares

• Session B
Applying Artificial Intelligence To Asset Allocation And Beyond
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Artificial intelligence is already starting to change the world. In the next decade, it will start to play an increasingly importance role in investment decisions like asset allocation. In this session, several quantitative investing experts will detail how advisors can expect the AI explosion to effect them and their clients.
Moderator:
Chris Robbins, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Steve Cucchiaro, 3EDGE Asset Management
Art Amador, EquBot

10:50 am - 11:25 am
Morning Networking Break With Exhibitors

11:25 am - 12:15 pm
• Session A
Understanding The Private Equity-Venture Capital Boom
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
As the number of public companies has shrunk over the last two decades, the market for private businesses has surged. Funds allocated to both venture capital projects and private equity investments accounts for a growing share of the U.S. economy and provides an array of new opportunities for clients. Discover if the emerging world offers promise for your clients.
Moderator:
Brendan Finn, Artivest
Speakers:
Doug Keller, Pantheon
Christopher Rock, BlackRock Private Equity Partners

• Session B
Alternative Credit And Other Income Strategies
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Alternative strategies can provide clients with extra yield many traditional fixed-income asset classes can’t. As banks have curtailed small-business lending in recent years, other providers have sought to fill the gap. This session will examine opportunities in the credit arena that can be an important part of fixed-income allocations.
Moderator
Nick Veronis, iCapital
Speakers:
Jens Ernberg, Capital Dynamics
Steve Watkins, Entrex Capital Market LLC
Philip Hasbrouck, Cliffwater

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch Keynote

A Look Forward One Decade After The Great Recession:
A Conversation 
With Dennis Gartman & Mark Yusko
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Listen to two iconoclastic investors with strongly held beliefs and no shortage of opinions. Find out what asset classes they like and which ones they pan. Prepare for a few outside-the-box surprises and some entertainment.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Dennis H. Gartman, The Gartman Letter
Mark W. Yusko, Morgan Creek Capital

2:05 pm – 2:55 pm
• Session A
Lessons Learned Building A Billion-Dollar RIA
Building a billion-dollar RIA involves years of client acquisition and engagement, strategic thinking and personnel development. Along the way mistakes, including periods of unsustainable growth, occur all too frequently. Learn some of the most important lessons leading RIA founders discovered the hard way.
Moderator:
Tracey Longo, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Peter Raimondi, Dakota Wealth Management
Paul Pagnato, Pagnato Karp

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
• Session A
Understanding The Importance Of Private Markets
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
Most economic growth today is taking place outside of the public markets, seemingly beyond the reach of most investors. The number of public companies has shrunk by half over the past two decades, the large majority of which were high-growth small caps. At the same time, companies are staying private longer allowing most of their value creation to be reaped by a relatively small number of private investors. iCapital's Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Nick Veronis, discusses why private markets exposure may provide qualified investors with diversification and longer-term fundamental growth opportunities that are no longer available in the public markets.
Speakers:
Nick Veronis, iCapital Network

4:00 pm
Conference Ends

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Post-Conference Workshop
"The Lifeguard In The Storm: A New WHY For A New World!"
CFP Board and IWI CE Credit Approved
The financial services profession is undergoing a massive revolution, but the future is brighter than we can imagine. To succeed in this new world, advisors will need advanced skills and more powerful ways of understanding and communicating the unique and extraordinary value we bring our clients.
Speaker:
Frank Maselli, The Maselli Group

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2018 Inside Retirement Registration Open