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2016 ETF Boot Camp Agenda

Day 1: September 29


9:00 am – 9:15 am
Opening Comments
9:15 am – 10:00 am
ETF 2.0: The Next Trillion Dollars
Hear opinions on what’s working today and how your firm needs to be positioned for the future. Experienced ETF insiders will offer their views on which ETF concepts will have the largest impact on the ETF space. What ideas are gaining interest and traction? Which ETFs will fall to the wayside? Industry leaders will also address the important matters of developing a ETF business strategy, finding great ETF talent, and how to both capture and deploy capital needs. ETF 2.0 is all about product positioning, distribution, and having products designed to benefit from today’s market environment.
  • Ben Johnson, Director of Global ETF Research, Morningstar
  • Tom Lydon, Editor & Publisher, ETF Trends (Moderator)
  • Joe Rennison, US Capital Markets Reporter, Financial Times (Moderator)
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Understanding the Current ETF Regulatory Climate
The growth of ETF assets and products isn’t slowing down. More asset managers are coming to market with creative strategies and structures. The regulators have been supportive toward ETF growth so far, but will it continue? What regulatory challenges might be raising hurdles down the road? Experts will address these and other changing regulatory issues. Trading and liquidity concerns often go hand-in-hand with current decisions. Additional requirements and scrutiny of fund boards will also be addressed.
  • Bibb Strench, Partner, Thompson Hine
  • Michael Mundt, Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • John McGuire, Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • Susan Thompson, President and CEO, Thompson Peak Advisory (Moderator)
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Indexing: Behind the Innovations Fueling the Factor Revolution
Smart Beta and multi-factor indexing are all the rage. But, how do you set yourself apart? What are the next great ETF ideas? How are index providers partnering with issuers to bring new, dynamic strategies to market? Panelists will address these topics and more in a wide-ranging discussion on the indexing ecosystem, smart beta, and innovative ETF structures.
  • Robert Hughes, Vice President, Head of Index & Advisor Solutions, NASDAQ
  • Raman Aylur Subramanian, Managing Director, Head of Equity Applied Research, Americas, MSCI
  • David Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Brad Zucker, Senior Product Manager, FTSE Russell
  • Tom Lydon, Editor & Publisher, ETF Trends (Moderator)
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Getting the Plumbing Right: ETF Management and Maintenance
Custodians and administrators are the heroes working behind the scenes, making sure ETFs function and trade the way they’re intended, handling the technicalities that, if managed correctly, will keep everything on an even keel. Learn the tricks of the trade from professionals in global custody, transfer agency (TA), administration and accounting services. Why are these relationships so important and how is this part of the ETF-ecosystem innovating?
  • Ryan Sullivan, Vice President, Global ETF Services, Investor Services & Markets, Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Frank Koudelka, Senior Vice President- ETF Product Specialist, State Street Global Services
  • Mike Castino, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
  • Peggy Smith, Director, Citi
  • Matt Hougan, CEO, Inside ETFs (Moderator)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Luncheon Keynote Session: Intersection of K and Wall Street
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
No Transaction Fee vs. Transaction Fee: The Big Decision
The rise of No Transaction Fee (NTF) platforms has introduced an important new dynamic into the ETF world as issuers look to expand AUM. Hear from panelists representing a diverse spectrum of custodians as they discuss where they see NTF platforms going, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for new and established issuers. In the end, is it worth the cost? Find out.
  • Heather Fischer, VP of ETF Platform, Charles Schwab
  • Gary Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Investment Products, Fidelity Institutional
  • Richard Messina, Senior Vice President and Head of Investment Products, E*Trade
  • Eric Balchunas, ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence (Moderator)
2:45pm – 3:30 pm
Tying the Bow On Your Strategy
The ETF wrapper remains an ever-evolving chameleon, offering different forms while giving money managers greater flexibility in how they enter the market. New structures have been approved as others have been denied—more are on the way. This panel will educate money managers about the choice of structures that are available and how the evolution of the ETF continues to benefit the end investor.
  • Ben Fulton, Chief Executive Officer, Elkhorn Investments
  • Stephen Clarke, President, NextShares Solutions LLC
  • Dave Nadig, Director of Exchange Traded Funds, FactSet (Moderator)
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Exchanges: Working Together In A Volatile World
Exchanges have seen an incredible pace of change and innovation over the last few years, including massively increased trading volumes and larger amounts electronic trading. The world’s top exchanges will discuss how they are working hand-in-hand with regulators to enhance confidence and liquidity, while safeguarding investors from outsize volatility. Panelists will also talk about generic listing standards and what they do to the ETF ecosystem.
  • Laura Morrison, SVP, Global Head of Exchange Traded Products, BATS Exchange
  • Doug Yones, Head of Exchange-Traded Products, NYSE
  • Jeffrey McCarthy, Vice President and Head of ETP Listings, NASDAQ
  • Eric Pollackov, Global Head of ETF Capital Markets, Invesco PowerShares (Moderator)
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
How the Insurance Industry is Embracing ETFs
Over the past few years, insurance companies have begun incorporating ETFs as a way to diversify their portfolios, keep product costs down, and meet risk management objectives. Learn from top insurance experts on their plans for using ETFs in the future and specific distribution models. The DOL Rule is affecting the insurance industry and ETFs could be a beneficiary of future plans.
  • Peter Sun, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman
  • Raghu Ramachandran, Consultant, S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Todd Rosenbluth, Senior Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence (Moderator)

Day 2: September 30


8:30am – 9:10am
ETF Strategists: Beefing Up Your Bench
ETF adoption among financial advisors continues to increase at a rapid pace. Many ETF-centric advisors have abandoned the need for active mangers by making the commitment to ETFs and, at the same time, assumed the responsibility of sole portfolio manager. More advisors are turning to ETF strategists to help with portfolio construction during these recent volatile times. Hear why ETF strategists are gaining traction and why more leading advisors are embracing innovative approaches to investment management.
  • Todd Clarke, CEO, CLS Investments
  • Doug Sandler, Chief US Equity Officer, RiverFront Investment Group
  • Jerry Miccolis, Founding Principal & CIO, Giralda Advisors
  • Robert Sechan, UBS Managing Director, UBS Financial Services
  • John Hyland, Managing Director, BlackRock (Moderator)
9:10 am – 9:50 am
Leveraging Technology to Enhance Your Alpha
As technological advances keep improving our lives, money managers can also utilize new tools to better understand the markets and enhance alpha generation. Machines are taking over but it is important to realize that intelligent humans still need to be behind the machines. Quant strategists will delve into new tools that asset managers can take advantage of. Learn about new third party data providers as a new factor in investment strategies and the continued rise of quantitative strategies compared to discretionary stock picking.
  • Igor Gonta, CEO, Market Prophit
  • Matthew Zeitlin, Business Reporter, BuzzFeed News
  • Tom Lydon, Editor and Publisher, ETF Trends (Moderator)
9:50 am – 10:10am
Networking Break
10:10 am – 10:50 am
Reaching Investors: Messaging, Branding, Marketing, Advertising, Social Media, and More
Marketing and advertising is evolving quickly. Old media is expensive, stagnant and unmeasurable. Today, prosperous issuers are thinking out of the box – combining digital advertising, native content and social media while employing modern data analysis. These marketing, advertising, and social media experts will highlight their success stories and lessons learned in this competitive environment.
  • Joe Anthony, President, Gregory FCA
  • Jonathan Goldberg, Vice President, KCSA
  • Alexandra Levis, Chief Executive and Founder, Arro Financial Communications
  • Jeaneen Terrio, US Media Relations and Internal Communications, Invesco
  • Tom Lydon, Editor & Publisher, ETF Trends (Moderator)
10:50 am – 11:30 am
Fiduciary Rule: Analyzing The ETF Industry Impact
The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule could be a boon for the ETF industry. As the fund industry evolves in response to the changes, market experts will touch upon the potential impact on financial advisors and their clients, why ETFs could benefit from the increased regulatory scrutiny and how the ETF industry may capitalize on the fiduciary rules.
  • Steve Cook, Managing Director, BNY Mellon
  • Scott Anderson, Vice President, Research and Analysis, Albridge Analytics
  • William Donahue, Managing Director, PwC
  • Tom Lydon, Editor & Publisher, ETF Trends (Moderator)
11:30 am – 12:10 pm
ETF Shark Tank
Drawing inspiration from the popular CNBC show of the same name, the Shark Tank panel will hear short pitches from three different ETF issuers, each looking to launch a killer new ETF concept. After hearing the pitch, the panel, composed of two advisors and two ETF experts, will provide their takes on the ETF, mulling questions such as: could the fund gain traction with investors? Is it unique enough to stand out from the crowd? Attendees will be treated to a glimpse of potential ETFs to come, as well as unique insights into the thought process that goes into determining the potential viability of an ETF.
  • Ethan Powell, Founder & President, Impact Shares
  • Akash Ganapathi, Co-Founder, Trill Financial
  • Michael Venuto, Investing Officer & Co-Founder, Toroso Investments (Judge)
12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Keynote: TBD

Luncheon Keynote Session