1:45 – 2:35 – Factor Due Diligence; Which ETF Strategy For Today’s Market Environment

Factors are attributes that help explain the risk/reward characteristics—and price movement—of a security. Researchers have found literally thousands of factors; fortunately, most asset managers focus on only a half-dozen or so when constructing factor-based products. Education is key for advisors to understand how factor-based investing can benefit clients, and this panel will discuss how to access factors via ETFs.

11:45 – 12:35 – Commodities: Is the Bottom In the Rear-View Mirror?

Commodities are a notorious boom-and-bust story that went big-time bust during the financial crisis. Since then, commodity producers have trimmed supply at a time when the global growth story has resumed, creating a favorable supply-and-demand picture for many commodities. Listen as panelists discuss whether we’re on the cusp of a new commodity bull market.

9:35 – 10:25 – Active ETFs: Finding the Outperformers

Actively managed ETFs remain a small but growing slice of the overall ETF pie, but that slice will continue to grow as new players—such as large mutual fund shops and other asset managers with active strategies—enter the ETF space. Find out who some of the main players are in the active space, and when active strategies make sense versus passive products.

8:45 – 9:35 – Thematic ETFs: AI, IoT, FinTech, Blockchain and more

Certain sectors are the vanguard of the 21st-century economy, and ETFs that pinpoint these sectors offer tremendous growth potential. Many thematic ETFs have performed well, but a lot of advisors still aren’t sure how they fit into client portfolios. Are they short-term tactical vehicles or long-term strategic positions? This panel examines where and how they fit into the broader asset allocation model.