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2017 Agenda

OCTOBER 26, 2017

9 CFP CE credits will be available
IMCA® has accepted the program for 9 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA® and CPWA® certifications

Registration & Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:15 am
Welcome & Introduction
8:10 am – 8:15 am

Don Friedman, Founder & CEO
Joint Venture Events Group

Smart Beta Trends For 2017 And Beyond
8:15 am – 8:45 am

Since 2013, smart beta assets have grown from $200 billion to more than $600 billion. Just in the past year alone, more than 100 new funds have been launched in the space. Is this blistering growth sustainable? What are the new product ideas on the horizon? How will the space look moving forward?

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, ETFGI

Understanding Factor And Smart Beta In The Context Of Traditional Active
8:45 am – 9:35 am

While portfolio managers can underperform or outperform a market index, much of their absolute return can be attributed simply to the delivery of factors. Which factors are they delivering on and are they adding value above and beyond them to compensate for higher fees?

Tim Baker, CFA, Director of Product Strategy, Symmetry
Lukas Smart, Senior Portfolio Manager & Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Pros And Cons Of Multi-Factor Vs. Single-Factor Or Fundamental Weighting
9:35 am – 10:25 am

Which strategy works best for investors? That depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. This session will examine the different strategies and detail the outcomes investors can expect.

Michael Akins, SVP, Head of ETFs, ALPS
David Mazza, SVP, Head of ETF Investment Strategy, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

Morning Networking Break
10:25 am – 10:55 am
Smart Beta Due Diligence Dilemma: The ETF Strategist Perspective
10:55 am – 11:45 am

Smart beta ETFs aim to combine the best of active and passive. But how do they measure up? [They can be thought of as either an evolved form of indexation or as a strategy that gives rise to active risk relative to the traditional benchmark.] These ETFs lack long track records and opinions differ on how to measure and evaluate them. The lack of consensus makes rigorous due diligence all the more essential. J.P. Morgan and ETF Strategists discuss connecting the divide between passive and active due diligence and review key considerations when incorporating a strategic beta fund strategy into a diversified portfolio.

Session Leader:
Jillian DelSignore, Executive Director, Head of ETF Distribution, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

John Eckstein, Chief Investment Officer, Astor Investment Management
Joe Mallen, Chief Investment Officer, Helios Quantitative Research
Justin Sibears, Managing Director, Newfound Research

Offense Or Defense: The Road Forward For Equities
11:45 am – 12:35 pm
More than eight years into the second longest bull market in U.S. history, investors are getting nervous and are asking if it’s time to move into more defensive equities or continue to ride the wave. In this session, we will outline several alternative tactics that can work for your clients’ different objectives.

John Feyerer, Vice President, Director of Equity ETF Product Strategy, Invesco PowerShares
Steven Quinn, Head of Distribution, Janus Henderson

Luncheon For Delegates & Speakers – Keynote Address
12:35 pm – 1:50 pm
DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Sherman, the manager of a leading smart beta mutual fund in the large-cap arena, will explain the methodology DoubleLine developed working with Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller to produce a remarkable record over three years when many value funds struggled.

Jeffrey Sherman, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, DoubleLine

Fixed Income: Balancing Income And Capital Preservation
1:50 pm – 2:40 pm

As we enter into a new rate regime, without a falling interest rate background, fine tuning fixed income portfolios has never been so important. The challenge of generating income while preserving capital is likely to remain a major issue for investors. Should investors use a portfolio manager who makes the investment decisions or consider a diversified smart beta approach? In this session, we will discuss how to tailor portfolios to investors’ specific risk and return requirements, while responding to market events with precision, focus and efficiency.

Matthew Bartolini, CFA Head of SPDR Americas Research - Exchange Traded Funds, State Street Global Advisors
Edward Kerschner, Chief Portfolio Strategist, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Finding Low Correlated ReturnsTo Traditional Investments
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm
Traditional investments have enjoyed a spectacular run for many years. How long it can continue is anyone’s guess. In this session, we will examine commodities and other alternative investment strategies as a way for investors to complement and diversify their portfolios.

Samuel C.Y. Lau, Asset Allocation, DoubleLine
Michael Zinkand, CFA, Executive Director, Fund Strategy, FS Investments

Afternoon Networking Break
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
ESG Moves Into The Mainstream
4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Once viewed as a fringe strategy for the crunchy granola crowd, ESG investing is now taking center stage. With millennials becoming the largest segment of the labor force and saving more than prior generations, ESG’s role can only expand. Learn how two firms are capitalizing on this trend.

Michael Fardy, CIMA, Senior Investment Specialist, FlexShares
William McCalpin, Managing Partner, Impact Investments, Athena Capital Advisors

Portfolio Construction – The RIA Perspective: Implementing Smart Beta Strategies Into A Broad-Based Portfolio
4:50 pm - 5:40 pm

Hear from RIAs on how they are using smart beta strategies and what sort of allocation they are earmarking for smart beta in a multi-asset class portfolio in order to increase diversification, reduce volatility, or enhance returns. Should allocations to smart beta be funded from stocks, bonds, currencies & commodities or some sort of mix? And how easy are these strategies to implement into a portfolio?

Reggie Browne, Senior Managing Director – ETF Group, Cantor Fitzgerald
Rob Glownia, Portfolio Manager, RiverFront Investment Group, LLC
Brent Leadbetter, Senior Vice President, Research Affiliates

Cocktail Reception
5:40 pm – 6:40 pm
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