ETF Strategy Summit

October 15-16, 2018 | Hyatt Regency | Dallas, TX


Implementing portfolio construction ideas for today’s forward thinking money managers

Monday, October 15, 2018

7:30 – 8:20 – Registration & Breakfast

8:20 – 8:30 – Welcome Comments

Don Friedman, Founder & CEO
Joint Venture Events Group

8:30 – 9:00 – Chairperson’s Overview

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-Founder

9:00 – 9:50 – ETF Strategists All Star Panel – Learn From the ETF Experts

Amid a rapidly changing market environment, and with new products proliferating every day, hear how our panel of all-star strategists are implementing ETFs in their portfolios to create an optimal investment experience.

James Seyffart, CFA, ETF Analyst
Bloomberg Intelligence

Robbie Cannon, President & CEO
Horizon Investments, LLC

Stephen Cucchiaro, President & CIO
3EDGE Asset Management

Jack Gilligan, CFA, Director of Research
ClearRock Capital

9:50 – 10:20 – Morning Networking Break

10:20 – 11:10 – Upgrading Your Global ETF Equity Allocation Strategy

As key equity markets continue to recover or develop, while others experience geopolitical disruptions that act as roadblocks to economic growth, our panel will discuss where the world’s risks and rewards can be found. We will also discuss the ever-shifting composition of global equity indexes, including the inclusion of Chinese A-Shares and recent graduations into Emerging Markets as well as potential future changes in both Developed and Emerging Markets.

Perth Tolle, Founder
Life + Liberty Indexes

Alex Piré, CFA, Head of Client Portfolio Management

Joe Smith, Senior Market Strategist
CLS Investments

11:10 – 12:00 – Thematic Technology ETFs: AI, IoT, FinTech, Blockchain and more

Certain disruptive technology 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.

Jeff Schlegel, Senior Editor
Financial Advisor Magazine

Travis Briggs, CEO
ROBO Global

Brian Giere, Director
Amplify ETFs

Bram Kaplan, Executive Director | Equity Derivatives Strategy
J.P. Morgan Securities


John Mauldin, Chairman
Mauldin Economics

1:10 – 2:00 – Single Factor or Multi-Factor ETFs? Deciphering Smart Beta 2.0

A new breed of smart beta products offer strategies that blend or rotate between factors, layering additional complexity onto the ETF universe. Our panel discusses the reasoning behind these strategies and uncovers ways to deploy them within portfolios.

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-Founder

William Hoyt, CFA, Head of Research & Portfolio Management
Hartford Funds

Benjamin Lavine, CIO
3D Asset Management

Ryan O’Carroll, CIMA, ETF Specialist
OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

2:00 – 2:50 – Alternative ETFs for Rising Volatility and Rising Rates

Rising volatility and rising rates pose significant challenges for portfolio construction. Alternative ETFs may deliver broad diversification benefits—and at a lower cost—at a time when traditional assets are fully priced and “60/40” portfolios face mounting pressures. In this session, we will review how liquid alternative strategies may help mitigate a variety of portfolio risks, and how innovative alternative ETFs may provide lower-cost, tax-efficient, and user-friendly tools for diversification.

This session will include an overview of the universe of alternative ETFs, which has grown beyond leveraged and short index funds to a broad array of single and multi-strategy offerings, encompassing long/short equity, arbitrage, nontraditional bonds, global macro, currencies, commodities, and more. The session will provide in-depth insight into how alternative ETFs are designed to capture differentiated sources of risk and return, as well as key considerations for implementation.

Rick Lake, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman
Lake Partners

Salvatore Bruno, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director

Wes Mathews, CFA, Director, Portfolio Solutions
Milliman, Sub Advisor for DeltaShares

Steve Quinn, Head of ETP Distribution
Janus Henderson Investors

2:50 – 3:20 – Afternoon Networking Break

3:20 – 4:10 – Portfolio Construction: By Female Advisors for Female Clients

  • Do female advisors manage money differently than their male counterparts?
  • Should portfolios for female clients be built differently since they oftentimes outlive men?
  • When constructing a portfolio, is “beating the market” less important to female clients?

In this session you will not only learn portfolio construction ideas for the forward looking market but also how to share/convey those thoughts and better understand the needs of female clients.

Zaneilia Harris, President
Harris & Harris Wealth Management Group

Marguerita Cheng, CFP®, CEO & Co-Founder
Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Lorraine Ell, CEO/Senior Financial Advisor
Better Money Decisions

4:10 – 5:00 – Key Components For Portfolio Construction In Today’s Markets

Managers now have scores of options for how to slice up the investment universe. The first day of ETF Strategy Summit panels closes with a discussion on how to rebuild that universe in the current market environment coherently using ETFs.

Chris Robbins, Senior Editor
Financial Advisor Magazine

Jay Jacobs, Director of Research
Global X Funds

Justin Sibears, Managing Director
Newfound Research

5:00 – 6:00– Cocktail Reception

FA magazine & JV Events Group reserve the right to alter the agenda without notice, including substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 – Chairperson’s Recap of Day 1

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-Founder

8:45 – 9:35 – 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.

Ben Blaisdell, Managing Director, Investment Oversight Executive
Bank of America

Janet Flanders Johnston, CFA, Portfolio Manager
TrimTabs Asset Management

Jay Hatfield, Co-Founder, CEO and Portfolio Manager
Infrastructure Capital Advisors

Dodd Kittsley, Director
Davis Advisors

9:35 – 10:25 – Customizing Your Fixed Income Portfolio In A World On “Fed Alert”

With the Federal Reserve pursuing a gradual – but continuous – path of interest rate hikes, our panelists will discuss which ETF strategies offer investors capital preservation – and perhaps some alpha too – when most traditional bond investments decline in value. European and Japanese monetary policy will also be discussed, along with recent volatility in the Chinese Yuan.

Chris Robbins, Senior Editor
Financial Advisor Magazine

Doug Blanton, Director of Investments
Merit Financial Advisors

Richard Koerner, SVP, Sector | ETF Investments Sales Manager
Fidelity Institutional Asset Management

10:25 – 10:55 – Morning Networking Break

10:55 – 11:45 – ESG: Where Are The Opportunities In This Burgeoning Space

There are as many definitions of ESG as there are investment vehicles claiming to provide “ESG” exposures. What exactly is ESG investing? How is it different from “mission driven” investing? Panelists in this session will describe why this space matters to investors and where they can find opportunities to both do good for their portfolios and for the planet.

Perth Tolle, Founder
Life + Liberty Indexes

Rolf Agather, Managing Director, North America Research
FTSE Russell

Linda Zhang, CEO
Purview Investments

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.

Jeff Schlegel, Senior Editor
Financial Advisor Magazine

John Davi, Founder | CIO
Astoria Portfolio Advisors

Yann Furic, Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation & Alternative Strategies
Professionals’ Financial

Will Rhind, Founder & CEO

12:35 – 1:45 – KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION – The Digitization of Wealth Management and the Rise of AI

Roboadvice has matured as a theme, and is transforming hybrid advisor models and catalyzing new micro-investing services. Lex will explore the implications from this digitization of wealth and investment management sectors, and what it tell us about the future. Further, he will touch on how the rise of artificial intelligence is challenging the client/advisor relationships, as well as the job of product manufacturer in our industry.

Lex Sokolin, Partner, Global Director – Fintech Strategy
Autonomous Research

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.

Chris Robbins, Senior Editor
Financial Advisor Magazine

Sam Huszczo, CFA®, CFP®, Owner
SGH Wealth Management

Jay Pelosky, CIO & Co-Founder
TPW Investment Management

Edward Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Head of ETFs
American Century Investments

2:35 – 3:25 – ETF Overweights and Underweights; Today’s Best Tactical ETF Strategies

Every investment portfolio needs core positions for stability and satellite, or tactical positions for flexibility. This panel will discuss which tactical strategies appear best-positioned to take advantage of current marketplace trends.

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Carl Choy, Principal
CKW Financial Group

Luke King, Managing Director
Main Management

Mansi Singhal, Co-Founder

3:25 – 5:25 – Workshop: The ABCs of Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

There’s an enormous amount of interest and curiosity among investors as it pertains to digital assets. In this 2-hour workshop, our panel of experts will walk you through the most commonly asked questions as well as answer your questions.

  • What is blockchain?
  • What is cryptocurrency and how is it valued and traded?
  • How many cryptocurrencies are there?
  • What is a fork? How does it impact my investments?
  • What is a smart contract?
  • Which platform should you use to trade on? Pros & cons?
  • Where should you store your crypto?
  • What’s a digital wallet and should you use it?
  • What’s an ICO? Which ones are legitimate and where does the investor fit in?
  • What’s the difference between a security and a utility token? Is a utility token too risky?

Lastly, we will do a live trading demo (with real money) so investors can better understand how an exchange is structured and how to execute trades particularly as the order execution front end/GUI is far different looking than your traditional platform.

Session Leader:
Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO
RIA Channel

Gabriel Allie, Managing Partner
Ivireum Global LLC

Chris Smith, Founder & CEO
phix Solutions Group

Lex Sokolin, Partner, Global Director – Fintech Strategy
Autonomous Research

Greg Xethalis, Senior Counsel
Chapman and Cutler LLP

5:25 – 6:25 – Cocktail Reception/Conference Concludes

FA magazine & JV Events Group reserve the right to alter the agenda without notice, including substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

For further information, please contact: Don Friedman | Tel: 646-321-1785 | Email: