2016 Agenda

DAY ONE | Tuesday, Nov. 15

7:30am - 8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30am - 8:40am

Opening Remarks and Welcome


Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

8:40am - 9:55am

KEYNOTE SESSION: The Sophisticated Adviser's Playbook for the New World of Investing

Low growth and low yields — in a world dominated by uncertain central bank policies — make planning for adequate, safe returns next to impossible. If that’s not bad enough, the advent of robo-advice and increasing popularity of target-date and index funds has undermined the perceived value of financial advice. To succeed, advisers must offer sophisticated alternatives to the standard 60/40 variants. Bob explains how advisers can design portfolios that offer growth, income or risk management to attract new clients and keep existing ones happy.


Bob Rice, Managing Partner, Tangent Capital

9:55am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am

New Frontiers in the Private Company Landscape

On a standalone basis, the U.S. middle market would represent the world’s third largest economy. However, investment opportunities in this growth sector have historically been limited to banks and other institutional investors. That’s changing. This session explores the middle market economy and the most efficient ways investors can invest in the private debt and private equity of this sector.


Brody Browe, CAIA, SVP, Investment Management, FS Investments

11:15pm - 12:15pm

Innovative Income Strategies: From BDC's to Chinese Bonds

This session continues the discussion around generating income but will focus specifically on the various products and vehicles that are available. The panel of experts will explore basic research and deeper due diligence techniques for evaluating and allocating everything from liquid alternative mutual funds to more sophisticated MLPs, BDCs, and emerging market debt options.


Thomas Alonso, Vice President of Investor Relations, Prospect Capital

Simon Arrata, CEO & Mutual Fund Strategist, Harvest USA

Eric Davis, President & Chief Investment Officer, Integrity Advisor Solutions

Christopher Reece, CFA, Senior Vice President, Fund Strategy, FS Investments


Fred Gabriel, Editor, InvestmentNews

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Networking Lunch

1:20pm - 2:20pm

Accessing Private Equity to Address Lower Expected Returns

Bob Rice and a panel of experts will explain recent developments in “productizing” private equity especially new "40 Act" structures. Do these really provide individual investors with the same caliber of investments that have been the favorites of institutions for years? How are they designed to offer liquidity and what are the tradeoffs to investing in traditional limited partnerships? Most importantly: Are they a good option for investors seeking growth?


James Bowden, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

Jason Ment, Partner, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Stepstone

Avi Sharon, Principal Private Wealth Management Group, Blackstone


Bob Rice, Managing Partner, Tangent Capital, Contributor

2:25pm - 3:15pm

Investing for Growth: More Non-traditional Products and Strategies

Distressed credit, venture capital, activist investing, and equity BDCs all provide growth opportunities even as public markets are fully priced. Our panel will discuss which strategies are working in today’s market environment and how to integrate those strategies into clients’ portfolios.


Vineet Budhraja, Asset Allocation and Portfolio Strategy Executive, Merrill Lynch

Jeff Glattfelder, Alternative Investment Strategist, BlackRock

Lara Magnusen, CAIA, Portfolio Strategist and Portfolio Manager, Altegris Advisors

Ryan McCalley, Founder and Managing Partner, SQN Ventures, LLC


Fred Gabriel, News Editor, InvestmentNews

3:15pm - 3:35pm

Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:25pm

Actively Passive: When Smart Beta Makes Sense

This session will explain the multiple approaches to enhanced indexing. Our experts will explore the pros and cons and shed light on how these strategies can be successfully integrated into portfolios containing both active and passive products.


Mark D. Carlson, CFA, Senior Vice President, Senior Investment Strategist, Northern Trust Asset Management

Jeffrey Sherman, CFA, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, DoubleLine

Marc Zeitoun, Head of Strategic Beta, Columbia Threadneedle Investments


Jeff Benjamin, Senior Columnist, InvestmentNews

4:30pm - 5:30pm

KEYNOTE SESSION: Investing Under the New President

Just one week after the presidential election, in the wake of a campaign that has been described as one of the most unusual in recent history, this session will look at what it all means going forward, including how our next president might impact the financial markets and the financial advice industry.


Robert Doll, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen


Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

5:30pm - 6:45pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

DAY TWO | Wednesday, Nov. 16

7:30am - 8:15am

Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:15am - 9:15am

The Search for Yield: Alternative Strategies for Income Investing

Generating consistent income streams is now more challenging than ever especially if you are still relying on traditional income investment vehicles. This session will discuss why alternative strategies are a must in your search for yield.


Jerry Webman, Ph.D., CFA, Chief Economist, Researcher

Cleo Chang, Head of Alternative Investments, American Century, Senior Vice President, American Century Investments

Peter Tchir, Managing Director, Brean Capital

9:15am - 9:30am

Networking Break

9:30am - 10:35am

Under the Hood: Evaluating Alternative Strategy 40 Act Funds

The biggest obstacle to advisers’ use of 40 act funds is their inability to evaluate them with standard mutual fund benchmarks. This panel will explain how advisers can analyze and compare alternative mutual fund strategies, performance, and fees.


Jake Anonson, CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager, Principal Portfolio Strategies

Nadia Papagiannis, CFA, Director of Alternative Investment Strategy for Global Third Party Distribution, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Jason Schwarz, President, Wilshire Associates


Jeff Benjamin, Senior Columnist, InvestmentNews

10:35am - 11:00am

Networking Break

11:00am - 11:50am

Smoothing The Ride When Volatility Gets Real

Since the financial crisis, international central banks have ensured a placid investing environment with unprecedented monetary policies. But as the stock market’s violent reaction to the Brexit vote proved, volatility can pop up unexpectedly and send investors into panic mode. Meanwhile, many other risks abound, from the lack of fixed-income liquidity to geopolitical and military tensions. How should advisers — and their clients — prepare.


Keith Black, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA, Managing Director, Curriculum and Exams, CAIA

Alistair Lowe, Senior Adviser, Investment Committee, Alpha Simplex Group

Trevor L. Taylor, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Allianz Global Investors


John Waggoner, Senior Columnist, InvestmentNews

11:50am - 12:40pm

Upside Capture and Downside Protection: Too Good to be True?

Do strategies really exist that both provide downside protection and generate current profits? How does “diversification” work in a world of growing correlations? This panel will offer up concrete suggestions and ideas for risk management tools that don’t just make investors “pay to wait,” and instead can provide both solid returns and important downside insulation


Jonathan Angrist, President, Chief Investment Officer, Cognios Capital

Michael Connor, Executive Vice President and Product Manager, Pimco

Bradford Godfrey, Director of Alternative & Asset Allocation Strategies, Institutional Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance Management


Bob Rice, Managing Partner, Tangent Capital

12:40pm - 1:40pm

Networking Lunch

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Incorporating Alternatives Into Your Practice

In this session you’ll hear how other financial advisers are attracting new clients, and keeping existing ones, by using nontraditional investment strategies inside their client portfolios. Also, new research from InvestmentNews will be presented around how alternatives are best being used with today’s most savvy investors. Key discussion topics will include: helping clients understand the pros and cons of alternatives; matching the alternative strategies to the client and the scenario; compliance concerns; and due diligence issues.


Ed Butowsky, Managing Partner, Chapwood Investments

Avi Sharon, Principal, Private Wealth Management Group, Blackstone

Jay Schechter, JD, CFP, Senior Partner, Singer Xenos Wealth Management


Mark Bruno, Associate Publisher, InvestmentNews

2:30pm - 2:45pm

New and Noteworthy Ideas in Alternatives

Learn what new products and strategies are becoming available and stay ahead of the curve.

2:45pm - 2:50pm

Closing Remarks


Fred Gabriel, Editor, InvestmentNews

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