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2012 Conference Agenda

**Times subject to change** Click on the session title for available presentation slides

 


Sunday - July  29, 2012

5:00 PM8:00 PM Advanced Registration and Exhibitor Booth Setup

 

Monday - July  30, 2012

7:00 AM5:00 PM Registration
 

7:30 AM8:00 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
 

8:00 AM8:10 AM Opening Remarks & Chairperson Welcome
 

8:10 AM9:00 AM Mark Yusko,
Morgan Creek Capital Mgmt.
OPENING GENERAL SESSION

 

9:05 AM9:55 AM Breakout Session (A) - slides not available
Understanding Real Estate Alternatives
In today’s uncertain real estate environment, advisors face the challenge of protecting their clients and allocating for stability, while creating capital appreciation and income potential.  This session has assembled a diversified panel of industry leaders to discuss varying perspectives and opinions on factors advisors should consider when selecting alternative investment real estate offerings to present to their clients.  Our panel will provide an overview of asset class pros and cons and debate underlying fundamentals that can assist in determining which programs and sponsors are appropriately suited for various clients. These will include trends and potential in rental growth, absorption, tenancy, TIs and LCs, organic growth vs. value creation, intrinsic vs. market force driven stability, and more.

Moderator:
Lon Morton, Morton Capital

Panelists:

1. Terrell Gates, Virtus
2. Michael Weil, American Realty Capital
3. Daniel Mercer, KBS Capital Markets Group

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 
 


9:05 AM9:55 AM         Breakout Session (B)
Managed Futures: A Popular Diversifier

The primary benefit of adding managed futures to a diversified investment portfolio is that they may decrease portfolio volatility risk. They are able to reduce portfolio risk because of their low to slightly negative correlation with equities and bonds. Experts discuss their use and why these funds based on global investments are growing in popularity.

Moderator:
John Labuszewski, CME Group


Panelists: 
1. Edward Egilinsky, Direxion
2. Dick Pfister, Altegris
3. Ken Steben, Steben & Company

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


10:00 AM10:30 AM Morning Networking Break with Exhibitors
 

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM Breakout Session (A) - slides not available
’40 Act Funds: What You Need To Know
A growing number of ’40 Act mutual funds are employing alternative investing strategies.  Are these funds "alternative lite" or do they offer a full-bodied alternative experience? Are they worth the cost? Which strategies best lend themselves to a mutual fund approach?


Moderator:
Richard Horowitz, Dechert

Panelists: 
1. Bob Worthington, Hatteras Funds
2. Jonathan Lamensdorf, PYXIS Funds
3. Clifford Stanton, Envestnet / Prima

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


10:35 AM – 11:25 AM Breakout Session (B) - slides not available
How Independent Advisors Can Access Alternatives
A detailed look at the problems, like investment minimums, fees and liquidity issues, associated with alternatives, and the solutions, including feeders, intermediaries and platforms.  In this session, we will discuss the pros and cons of choosing between various custodians’ -- why more solutions mean more choices and how to find the one that works best for your clients.

Moderator:
Matthew Brown, CAIS


Panelists: 
1. Jim Pupillo, HighTower Advisors
2. Scott Egner, TD Ameritrade
3. James Bode, BOK Financial

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


11:30 AM12:20 PM Breakout Session (A)
Limiting Downside Risk with Alternative Options-Based Strategies

The extraordinary volatility that the financial markets experienced in 2008 and 2009 prompted clients to reassess their risk tolerance levels. It also caused many advisors to explore new ways to control risk. This session examines how advisors can employ options and other derivatives to limit the downside risk to a client’s portfolio.

MODERATOR:
Tom Balcom, 1650 Wealth

PANELISTS:
1.  Ron Altman, Aston Asset
2.  Eric Cott, OIC
3.  Jim Herrell, AdvisorShares

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


11:30 AM12:20 PM Breakout Session (B) - slides not available
Improving Asset Allocation with Alternatives
Volatility continues to play havoc with the markets, making it increasingly difficult to build portfolios with more consistent returns. Carefully selected alternative investments can provide alpha and act as hedges, particularly when difficult market conditions are the order of the day. Learn what to look for in alternative investments and how they can be used to enhance asset allocation models.

Moderator:
Tony Davidow, Guggenheim Investments

Panelists: 
1. Stephen Scott, Van Eck
2. Brian Cunningham, 361 Capital
3. Florence Lombard, CAIA

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


12:20 PM1:30 PM Lunch Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Gundlach
DoubleLine Capital, CEO and CIO, Co-Founder


DoubleLine
 

1:30 PM2:00 PM Dessert Break with Exhibitors
 

2:05 PM – 2:55 PM Breakout Session (A)
Assessing Private Equity And Venture Capital Opportunities

Opportunities in private equity and venture capital are always changing. Investment managers discuss how they evaluate these opportunities and describe how they assess risk and reward.

Moderator:
Kevin Mahn, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management

Panelists: 
1. Kirk Michie, Triton Pacific
2. Tim Keating, Keating Capital
3. Mark Sunderhuse, Red Rocks Capital


Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 

 


2:05 PM – 2:55 PM Breakout Session (B)
Multiple Approaches To Investing In Real Assets

As growth in emerging markets is producing what some view as  secular, long-term,  global demand for real assets, the question facing advisors are examining how to gain exposure to an uncorrelated asset class. This session will explore a variety of ways that attempt to do this, including investing in securities, futures and long-short strategies.


Moderator:
Michael Underhill, Cap Innovations  

Panelists: 
1.  Ken Settles, RS Funds
2. John Abunassar, William Blair
3. Jennifer Stevenson, DundeeWealth

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Breakout Session (A)
Emerging Markets Outlook and their Role in Global Macro

Global macro hedge funds trade fixed income, equity index futures, commodities, currencies and equities based on global macroeconomic events. A top-down approach is generally used to make trades and forecast the direction of currency, fixed income and equity indices. Although macro global funds are a small segment of the hedge fund universe, some managers have made billions by correctly anticipating a major world event.

Moderator:
Kevin Mahn, Hennion & Walsh Asset Management


Panelists:                 
1.  Rick Harper, WisdomTree           
2.  Victor Li, EJF Capital
3.  Vik Mehrotra, Venus Capital Management, Inc.

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations    


3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Breakout Session (B)
MLPs: A Compelling Asset Class

Master limited partnerships provide a crucial service that's always in demand — the distribution of energy resources. Most are liquid securities that are easy to track and trade. In the last decade, these investments annually outpaced the S&P 500, and advisors who have put in the time to study them have been able to deliver income and low volatility to clients. This session will provide an overview of MLPs, how they work and how you can use them in client portfolios.

Moderator:
Steven Solys, Legacy Private Capital, LLC

Panelists: 

1. Kenny Feng, Alerian
2. Audrey Kinsman, Kayne Anderson

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations    


3:50 PM4:20 PM Afternoon Networking Break with Exhibitors
 

4:25 PM – 5:15 PM Breakout Session (A)
Achieving Tax Efficiency with Alternatives

This panel will address how advisors can use tax efficient alternative strategies in order to generate high levels of tax-free income while maximizing after-tax return and remaining neutral to changes in interest rates.  These strategies may also offer significant diversification benefits.

Moderator:
Steven H. Solys, Legacy Private Capital, LLC

Panelists:
1. Ann Raible, Jefferson National
2. Clint Gharib, JP Turner
3. Ryan Glaspell, Sterling Trust

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


4:25 PM – 5:15 PM Breakout Session (B)
Tail Risk Management: Using Tactical
Strategies To Capture Trends
Markets since the financial crisis have been characterized by numerous anomalies, including bouts of unprecedented volatility. In this session, two managers will outline strategies with the ability to perform well in normal markets, while dramatically limiting risking down markets, and reducing overall volatility.


Moderator:
Dave Schulz, Convergence Investment Partners

Panelists:
1. Howard Present, F-Squared
2. Dominick Paoloni, Invest PS
3. Sola Awofala, ThinkEquity

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


5:15 PM7:00 PM Cocktail Reception

Guggenheim

 

Tuesday - July  31, 2012

**Session times subject to change**

7:30 AM8:00 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors
 

 8:00 AM Introduction to Day 2
David Smith, Financial Advisor Magazine

8:00 AM8:10 AM Chairperson's Recap
 

8:10 AM9:00 AM CIO Panel: How the Economy and Markets Impact Investing and Alternatives
- slides not available
Participants will share their outlook the U.S. and the global economy, as well as the direction of the financial markets. Other topics include the psychology of both individual clients and professional investors, lessons learned about basic tenets of finance like MPT and buy and hold, and what role alternative investments play in their clients’ portfolios in the future.

Moderator:
Evan Simonoff, Financial Advisor Magazine

Panelists: 
1. Brad McMillan, Commonwealth Financial Network
2. Mark Green, Oxford Financial Group
3. Dr. Robert Brown, Eqis

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM Breakout Session (A)
A Commonsense Approach To Allocating Alternatives

You may know why you should use alternative investments in an asset allocation model but are challenged to determine how large of an allocation to make in the average client’s portfolio. Which strategies make the most sense to gain exposure but remain simple so the client can understand the investment? ETFs?  Mutual funds?  Come learn what makes the most sense for you and your clients.

Moderator:
Tom Meyer, MEYER Capital Group

Panelists:
1.  David Reichart, Principal Funds
2. Joe Barrato, Arrow Funds
3. Mike Organ, Compass EMP Funds

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations    


9:05 AM – 9:55 AM Breakout Session (B)
Building Hedge Fund Exposure Through Funds Of Funds And Multi-Strategies

How advisors can use multi strategy with traditional asset classes to create more diversified portfolios with attractive risk adjusted return profiles.  This panel will address core components of manager selection, risk management and portfolio construction. Topics covered will also include:  Do established FOHF process’s apply to mutual fund? What are draw backs? Is selection bias a factor in hedge fund manager sourcing? In what ways are mutual funds better/worse than limited partnership products?  Are target returns achievable with 40’ act constraints?  Are these strategies truly “alternative”?

Moderator:
Graham Fuller, SunTrust

Panelists: 
1. Steve Oristaglio, SCS Financial
2. Doug Fincher, Rock Maple
3. Gabriel Bousbib, Luma Solutions

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations    


10:00 AM10:30 AM Morning Networking Break with Exhibitors
 

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM Breakout Session (A)
Impact Investing
- slides not available
As the so-called hedge funds for do-gooders, impact investments are blazing hot among the wealthiest of the wealthy. Explore how these investments can be designed for high alpha and low beta approaches, as well as how they can be structured for more mainstream investors.

Moderator:
Tom Kostigen, Financial Advisor Magazine

Panelists:
1. Ron Cordes, Genworth Financial Wealth Management
2. Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation

3. Megan Fielding, Microplace

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations   

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM Breakout Session (B)
Finding True Non-Correlated Real Estate Diversifiers   

Many believe "Institutional-Grade" real estate is already oversold as investors chase yield and compete for "trophy assets". Combined with greater market volatility and the increased correlation of public REITs, today's advisors struggle to find true "diversifiers" to protect client's portfolios while providing consistent income and appreciation potential. This session has assembled an expert panel of middle-market real estate leaders to discuss varying perspectives advisors should consider when allocating to the "fourth asset class". Our panelists will reveal tested "avoid the herd" strategies to generate stable cash flow and competitive total returns, dispel common misperceptions regarding private real estate, compare proven non-correlated alternatives to REITs, and highlight the due diligence critical to selecting the most appropriate real estate vehicles for different investor risk/return profiles.


Moderator:
Lon Morton, Morton Capital


Panelists:
1. Erikson Nystrom, Baceline Investments
2. Jay Rollins, JCR Capital
3. Patrick Campbell, Perth Advisors

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


11:30 AM12:40 PM Lunch Keynote Speaker
The Political Argument Today

George Will
 

12:40 PM1:10 PM Dessert Break with Exhibitors
 

1:15 PM – 2:05 PM Breakout Session (A)
Absolute Return Funds: Many Styles, Many Goals
- slides not available
Absolute return funds encompass a wide variety of low-volatility styles, from risk arbitrage to global macro to fixed income-and-equity rotation strategies. In this panel, leading managers will discuss how they try to achieve solid returns that are not correlated to major market indexes.

Panelists: 
1. Arjun Jayaraman, Causeway
2. Keith Pettus, SQN
3. Christian Chan, Wells Fargo

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


1:15 PM – 2:05 PM Breakout Session (B)
Liquid Alternatives: Generating Alpha With ETFs, ETNs And Hedge Fund Mutual Funds

While many advisors utilize traditional alternative investments to generate greater returns, “liquid alternatives” in the form of ETFs, ETNs, and hedge fund mutual funds can provide similar alpha with more liquidity.  This panel will address how “liquid alternatives” can diversify client assets and improve risk-adjusted returns.


Moderator:
Greg King, Credit-Suisse

Panelists:
1. Jim Murchie, Energy Income Partners
2. Jerome Abernathy, Guggenheim Investments
3. Akos Belezany, PhD, Commerce Advisors, LLC

Accepted for 1 CFP® Board CE Credit and 1 CE hour toward the CIMA®/CIMC®/CPWA® designations 


2:10 PM – 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker
John Mauldin
President, Millennium Wave Advisors
Author, Thoughts From The Frontline

 

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ETF Analytics Workshop: The Complete ETF Research Solution - slides not available
Join the team from IndexUniverse to learn about ETF Analytics, an independent service that rates, ranks and evaluates every ETF and ETN on the market. The goal is to provide institutional-caliber ETF research that helps professional advisors answer the question: "What are the best ETFs for my clients?"

4:30 PM  Conference Ends