9 CFP, CIMA® and CPWA® CE credits were available for this program

The Agenda

7:30 – 8:15 – Registration & Breakfast

8:10 – 8:15 – Welcome & Introduction

Don Friedman, Founder & CEO
Joint Venture Events Group

8:15 – 8:45 – Smart Beta Trends for 2017 and Beyond
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

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

Lukas Smart, Senior Portfolio Manager & Vice President
Dimensional Fund Advisors

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

David Mazza, SVP, Head of ETF Investment Strategy
OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

10:25 – 10:55 – Morning Networking Break

10:55 – 11:45 – Smart Beta Due Diligence Dilemma: The ETF Strategist Perspective
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 smart beta fund strategy into a diversified portfolio.

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

John F. Eckstein, Chief Investment Officer
Astor Investment Management

Joe Mallen, Chief Investment Officer
Helios Quantitative Research

Justin Sibears, Managing Director
Newfound Research

11:45 – 12:35 – Offense Or Defense: The Road Forward For Equities
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 investors different objectives.

John Feyerer, Vice President, Director of Equity ETF Product Strategy
PowerShares by Invesco

Steven Quinn, Head of ETP Distribution
Janus Henderson Investors

12:35 – 1:50 – Luncheon For Delegates & Speakers – Keynote Address
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. Investment professionals will walk away with ideas of what works and what pitfalls to avoid.

Jeffrey Sherman, Deputy Chief Investment Officer

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

2:40 – 3:30 – Finding Low Correlated Returns To Traditional Investments
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

Michael Zinkand, CFA, Executive Director, Fund Strategy
FS Investments

3:30 – 4:00 – Afternoon Networking Break

4:00 – 4:50 – ESG Moves Into The Mainstream
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 from 2 experts how to incorporate these strategies into your portfolio.

Michael Fardy, CIMA, Senior Investment Specialist

William McCalpin, Managing Partner, Impact Investments
Athena Capital Advisors

4:50 – 5:40 – Portfolio Construction – Implementing Smart Beta Strategies Into A Broad-Based Portfolio
Hear from experts 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? What sort of tools should they be using to make these decisions? And how easy are these strategies to implement into a portfolio?

Reggie Browne, Senior Managing Director – ETF Group
Cantor Fitzgerald

Rob Glownia, CFA, CFP, Portfolio Manager
RiverFront Investment Group, LLC

Brent Leadbetter, Senior Vice President
Research Affiliates

5:40 – 6:40 – Cocktail Reception

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