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IMCA and CFP CE Credit Pending For All Sessions!

October 22

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pre conference reception sponsor by
wintergreen

October 23

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

8:10 am - 9:00 am
Sustainability, Vice And Beyond: Investing In The Trump Era
Sustainability is increasingly displacing socially responsible investing as a favored style, while certain out-of-favor industries labelled vice are performing as the economic and political worlds experience major disruptions. Three leading money managers will examine how these changes are affecting the markets.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff
, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Jeff Davis
, LMCG Investments
Jerome Dodson
, Parnassus
David Winters, Wintergreen Funds

9:05 am - 9:55 am
• Session A
Multi-Alternative Strategies
Many advisors want access to alternative investments but prefer to delegate the decision on how to allocate assets in this space to experienced professionals. In this session, several experts will explain how they combine various alternative strategies to provide clients with both alpha and uncorrelated returns.
Moderator:
Keith Black, CAIA Association
Speakers:
Brian Murphy, Vivaldi Asset Management LLC
Adam Blitz, Evanston Capital
Rob Swan, Swan Global Investments

Session B
Alternative Income Products
It increasingly appears that the low interest-rate environment of the past decade could last a lot longer than many experts expected. With more clients entering retirement, advisors need to understand the pros and cons of alternatives designed to address the income problem. In this session, several professionals will explore a variety of investment vehicles in this space.
Moderator:
Rick Lake, Lake Partners
Speakers:
Cleo Chang, American Century
Jack Chee, Litman Gregory
David Wright, Sierra Investment Management, Inc.

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
Origins
CFP Board and IMCA CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour each
The shift from philanthropy to profit-making. How impact, ESG, SRI and ethical ETFs began and are flourishing.
Speakers:
Joan Trant, TriLinc Global
Steve Schueth, First Affirmative

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

10:35 am - 11:25 am
• Session A
Alternative Credit Strategies
In a world where income is increasingly scarce, alternative strategies can provide clients with yield many more traditional fixed-income asset classes can’t. These vehicles include long-short strategies, asset-based loans and mezzanine debt, among others. This session will examine opportunities in the credit arena that can be an important part of fixed-income allocations.
Moderator:
Tim Leary, BlueBay Asset Management
Speakers:
Aaron Peck, Monroe Capital
Dan Vetter, Money360 Inc.
Brett Klein, Colony NorthStar, Inc.

Session B
New Ways To Deploy Factor Strategies
Factor strategies are assuming a role of increased importance in major institutions portfolios as research reveals that fact investing can outperform many traditional indexes. In this session, several professionals will discuss in detail how they are utilizing these vehicles to deliver strong returns.
Moderator:
Robert D. Nestor, CFA BlackRock iShares
Speaker:
Abdur Nimeri, PH.D., Flexshares
Joe Hohn, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
Segregations
CFP Board and IMCA CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour each
Good money for good returns and good money for good causes. Divvying the sectors where impact has taken hold.
Speaker:
Matt Blume, Appleseed
Ben Allen, Parnassus Investments

11:30 am - 12:20 pm
• Session A
Risk Arbitrage And Event-Driven Investing
Mergers and acquisitions remain a key strategy for multi-national corporations and investing in these transactions offers clients lucrative returns. Although more than 94% of announced deals are completed, regulatory delays and negotiations may make the timing tricky. In this session, several experts will examine their approach in investing in these transactions and how they deliver differentiated returns to clients.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Roy D. Behren, Westchester Capital Management LLC
Ted Chen, Water Island Capital
George Kellner, Kellner Capital

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
Women & Investing

IMCA Only CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour
Gender and equality make for good financial bedfellows.
Speakers:
Joan Trant, TriLinc Global
Perth Tolle, Life + Liberty Indexes
Luan Jenifer, Miller/Howard Investments

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
LUNCH KEYNOTE
Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist
The world today is increasingly volatile and the political and economic models that served as foundations for the last century are no longer adequate. Persistent low economic growth and declining globalization and trade continue to plague the global economy and marketplace. With the recent Brexit, inclusive policies that foster economic growth and improve living standards will be crucial to economic prosperity and human progress. Dr. Moyo will discuss the future of the global economy, global markets and investment opportunities in the context of these shifting political dynamics and geopolitics.

1:30 pm - 2:05 pm
Dessert Break With Exhibitors

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm
• Session A
Private Equity: A Rare Way To Access Value
With public equities setting daily records eight years into a bull market, many advisors are looking for new ways to find less expensive investment vehicles for clients. Learn about this asset class that can enable you to access equity for clients at more attractive prices.
Speakers:
Michael G. Ricciardi, Mercury Capital Advisors
Bill Dodson, Pomona Capital
Jeremy Held, ALPS Portfolio Solutions

• Session B
Alternative ETFs for Low Cost Diversification
With equity valuations high and bond yields low, advisors are looking to alternative investments for diversification. But some advisors consider alternatives to be expensive. Today, there is a new class of ETFs that seek to deliver alternative strategies at lower costs. An expert will provide an overview of the growth of alternative ETFs, and will interview innovative managers for their insights: How do they structure and manage their portfolios? How may the risk/return characteristics of alternative ETFs help advisors enhance portfolio diversification?
Moderator:
Rick Lake, Lake Partners
Speaker:
Sal Bruno, NYLIM/IndexIQ
Mario Manfredi, First Trust Advisors

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
ESG & Risk
CFP Board and IMCA CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour each
How to evaluate risk and maintain portfolio objectives.
Speakers:
Craig Churman, Saturna
Patrick Drum, Saturna
Scott Klimo, Saturna

3:05 pm - 3:55 pm
• Session A
Risk Parity, A Novel Approach To Asset Allocation
A popular strategy in the institutional pension world, risk parity portfolios equalize risk allocation by overweighting low volatility asset classes and using leverage when appropriate. Hear experts explain why many view them as complements to 60/40 portfolios with higher Sharpe ratios and strong diversification benefits.
Speaker:
Dan Villalon, AQR
Paul Brennan, First Quadrant
Rob Croce, Salient Partners

• Session B
Managed Futures And Global Uncertainty
In a world where global uncertainty is increasing, managed futures offer clients very low correlation with traditional asset classes and can help minimize downside risk. Learn how a number of leading strategists are using a variety of asset classes, including currencies, futures and commodities, to produce a different stream of returns.
Moderator:
Jerry Szilagyi, Catalyst Funds
Speakers:
Dr. Rufus Rankin, Equinox Funds
Larry Kissko, Man AHL
Marty Bergin, DUNN Capital
Alan Dunne, Abbey Capital

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
Impact Measurement

CFP Board and IMCA CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour each
Do qualitative goals affect quantitative results?
Speakers:
Paul Hilton, Trillium, Sponsored by John Hancock Investments
Abdur Nimeri, NT/Flexshares

4:00 pm - 4:35 pm
Afternoon Networking Break With Exhibitors

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm
• Session A
A New Era For Energy Investing
At the same time as horizontal drilling alters the conventional energy business, other new technologies are bringing down the costs for alternative energy sources. The upshot is that disruption creates opportunities. In this session, several experts will discuss where the best investments can be found.
Moderator:
Michael Underhill, Capital Innovations
Speaker:
Kevin Baum, USCF
Arthur Budge, Jr., Five States Energy Group

• Session B
Long-Short Equity: The Time Has Come
Investment choices have opened up around the world, but it takes a skilled manager to evaluate them, especially in such a volatile world market. Our panel will discuss domestic and global opportunities and strategies.
Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speaker:
Ali Motamed, Invenomic Capital Management LP
Greg Swenson, Leuthold Weeden Capital Management
Jeffrey Hirsch, Probabilities Fund Management, LLC

Impact/SRI & ESG Investing Session
The Future Of Things

CFP Board and IMCA CE Credit Approved - 1.0 hour each
Cut to the year 2040. From an impact POV, what does the world look like?
Speakers:
Abhilash Mudaliar, The Global Impact Investing Network
Jeremy Feakins, Ocean Thermal Energy Corp.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception

October 24

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

7:30 am - 8:00 am
Reinvent Your Practice®
With the commoditization of virtually everything we do, the time has come to take a fresh look at the viability of the advisory practice. During this session, we will take a look at the emerging competitive pressures and provide you with actionable items you can implement within your practice that will help you avoid extinction.
Speaker:
Kristofor Behn, FieldView Technologies

8:00 am - 8:10 am
Chairperson Recap

8:10 am - 9:00 am
Investing Opportunities Over The Next Five Years
The past eight years have favored financial assets to the point where many believe future returns have been pulled forward. The next five years are likely to look very different. In this session, a highly regarded, long-short manager and a leading strategist will share their views.
Speakers:
Evan Simonoff
, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Joel Greenblatt
, Gotham Capital
Jim Paulsen
, The Leuthold Group
Ali Motamed, Invenomic Capital Management

9:05 am - 9:55 am
• Session A
Commodities In A World Of Synchronized Growth
In the current eight-year global expansion, many commodity prices have been subdued as growth has been tepid. With most nations now reaching escape velocity, the environment could be changing. In this session, several experts will explore which commodities are best poised for this stage of the cycle.
Moderator:
Chris Robbins, Financial Advisor Magazine
Speakers:
Sal Gilbertie, Teucrium Trading LLC
Trey Reik, Sprott Asset Management USA Inc.

• Session B
How Long Can Real Estate Keep Running?
Despite an extended surge in U.S. residential and commercial real estate in many regions, experts see real estate shortages looming in many markets. As a flood of foreign money continues, making REITs their own separate group within the S&P 500 may add to the momentum. Meanwhile, new structures to package real estate investments like interval funds are surfacing. In this session, several experts will debate the underlying fundamentals and discuss what investments offer the best prospects.
Speakers:
Terrell Gates, Virtus Real Estate

10:00 am – 10:50 am
• Session A
Advisors Discuss Where Alternatives Fit In Client Portfolios
Once advisors decide to use alternatives, they 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 elect them and what asset classes alternatives replace as a substitute.
Moderator:
Joseph B. Childrey, Probabilities Fund Management, LLC
Speakers:
Jeanie Wyatt, South Texas Money Management LTD
Bill Carter, Carter Wealth

• Session B
BDCs And Other Income Strategies
Closed-end funds that primarily lend to small- and mid-sized firms, business development companies pay out 90% of their income and many provide very attractive yields for investors. However, not all BDCs are the same or offer the same quality of investments. Learn what to look for in evaluating these alternatives.
Moderator:
Dan Jamieson, Financial Advisor & Private Wealth Magazines
Speaker:
Thomas Alonso, Prospect Capital Corporation

10:55 am – 11:35 am
Morning Networking Break With Exhibitors

11:40 am - 12:30 pm
• Session A
Tail Risk, Black Swans And Hedging For Uncertainty
Markets have managed to downplay unexpected events like Brexit and the U.S. election with remarkable confidence in recent years. At some point, however, an unexpected event is likely to disrupt the calm. In this session, several strategists will outline a number of potential scenarios that could create market instability and discuss ways to protect and hedge client portfolios.
Speaker:
Steve Cucchiaro, 3EDGE Asset Management
Jaipaul Tuttle, StratiFi

• Session B
Researching, Accessing And Allocating Alternatives
The choices that advisors have to access and research alternative investments have grown. Platforms for liquid alts and private equity, as well as help in creating custom funds, offer advisors options for research and providing strategies to clients that were unavailable just a few years ago.
Moderator:
Alma Piscitello, Gemini Fund Services LLC, Northern Lights Distributors LLC
Speaker:
Ben Deschaine, Balter Liquid Alternatives
Sonia Spirling, Natixis Global Asset Management
Dominick Paoloni, IPS Strategic Capital

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
LUNCH KEYNOTE
Anthony Scaramucci, Founder, SkyBridge Capital 
"In a wide-ranging, honest, and often humorous talk, Scaramucci discusses the lessons he’s learned from his years at the top of the global financial industry, how he applies those lessons to investing and entrepreneurship, and what’s next for one of the year’s most talked about public figures."

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Beyond The Portfolio: How The Singularity, Exponential Technologies And Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Your Life, Your Clients’ Lives And The Quality Of Your Advice.
In this mind-expanding keynote presentation, Bill Bachrach will lead you on an exploration of the future that will guide your strategic and tactical choices for helping your clients get the most value from your work.
Speaker:
Bill Bachrach, TheAdvisorRoadmap.com

3:00 pm
Conference Ends