July 13-14, 2015
Sheraton Denver Downtown


This even brings together financial advisors, RIAs, independent and wirehouse reps, private bankers, wealth advisors, trust officers and family office executives to learn about and discuss various categories of alternative investments, including REITs, Hedge Funds, Specialty ETFs and Mutual Funds, Private Equity, Managed Futures, Options, Commodities, Derivatives and Structured Products, Life Settlements and Premium Finance.


Keynote Speakers


John Cadigan

John Cadigan directs the wholesale distribution of an array of specialized investment programs. Over his 25+ year career, he has assembled effective wholesale distribution teams for traditional and alternative investment products and educated financial advisors through various speaking and media engagements.

Jason Cross, PhD

Jason Cross joined Whitebox in 2001. As the global head of equity strategies, Cross oversees the development and execution of alternative equity strategies at the firm. During his time at Whitebox, Cross has spent more than a decade developing sophisticated quantitative models and fundamental investment processes to support the firm’s equity investment efforts.

Patrick Galley

Patrick Galley joined RiverNorth in 2004 and serves as Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. Galley heads the firm’s investment team and oversees all portfolio management activities at RiverNorth. Galley also serves as the president and chairman of RiverNorth Funds. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Galley was vice president at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank’s Portfolio Management group.

Subject to change

July 13, 2015

7:00 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Chairperson Welcome

Speaker TBD, Realty Capital Securities LLC

8:10 am - 9:00 am


9:05 am - 9:55 am


Impact Investing

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.


'40 Act Funds Explained

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?

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:35 am - 11:25 am


Improving Asset Allocation with Alternatives

Carefully selected alternative investments can provide alpha and act as hedges, and can be useful in smoothing returns. Learn what to look for in alternative investments and how they can be used to enhance asset allocation models.


Managed Futures beyond Trend Followers

The term "managed futures" has become synonymous with systematic trend following strategies, which gained a lot of attention in 2008. However, the managed futures category encompasses many other strategies that are uncorrelated with equity markets as well as other alternative categories.

11:30 am - 12:20 pm


The Many Paths to Real Assets Investing

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 to invest in real assets that include investing in securities, futures and long-short strategies.


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, managers will outline strategies with the ability to perform well in normal markets, while dramatically limiting risking down markets, and reducing overall volatility.

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynoter

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm


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.


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.

3:05 pm - 3:55 pm


Understanding Real Estate Alternatives

Real estate markets have been improving. 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.


Diverse Strategies to Generate Income

With low interest rates likely to prevail for the foreseeable future, advisors need to investigate ways for clients to earn income from their investments in an environment of financial repression. This session will examine a variety of investment vehicles that are available and explore their pros and cons.

4:00 pm - 4:35 pm

Afternoon Networking Break with Exhibitors

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm


Trend-Following Strategies

Trend following is a risk-management strategy that, when used correctly, is quite effective in producing alpha. Its focus is on protecting a portfolio from strong declines, reducing the correlation with a traditional buy-and-hold style. Learn more about different approaches from our panelists.


Evaluating 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.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

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July 14, 2015

7:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

David Smith Opening Remarks and Introduction

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Chairperson Recap

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Breakfast Keynoter

Larry Kudlow

9:20 am - 10:10 am


Beyond Liquidity: Evaluating Traditional Hedge Funds with '40 Act Alternatives

Hedge funds structured in a mutual fund format offer investors transparency and liquidity. But there are situations when other features and attributes, including illiquidity, work to the client's advantage. This session will take an agnostic approach to examining the costs and benefits of both vehicles.


Business Development Companies

2012 was a year of extraordinary growth for BDCs, which can earn lucrative returns by providing loans to small to mid-sized companies. BDC's pay out 90% of their income and many provide very attractive yields for investors. However, not all BDCs are the same or offer the same quality of investments. Learn what to look for in evaluating these alternatives.

10:15 am - 11:05 am


Achieving Tax Efficiency with Alternatives

This panel will address how advisors can use tax efficient alternative strategies 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.


Absolute Return Funds

Absolute return funds encompass a wide variety of low-volatility styles, from risk arbitrage to global macro to currencies 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.

11:05 am - 11:40 am

Break With Exhibitors

11:40 am - 12:30 pm


Accessing & Allocating Alternatives

You may know why you should use alternative investments in an asset-allocation model, but are unsure of how large of an allocation to make in the average client's portfolio. Which strategies make the most sense to gain exposure yet remain simple so the client can understand the investment? ETFs? Mutual funds? Panelists also discuss investment minimums, fees and liquidity issues associated with alternatives, as well as the solutions, including feeders, intermediaries and platforms. Come learn what makes the most sense for you and your clients.


MLPs, a Compelling Asset Class

Master limited partnerships provide a crucial service that's always in demand - the distribution of energy resource. 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.

12:35 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Keynoter

Marcus Luttrell

2:05 pm - 3:05 pm


An Alts Approach to Income Investing

An alts approach to income investing where a few alternative investment strategies and asset classes could be highlighted to produce meaningful income.


How Independent Advisors Can Access Alternative Investments

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.

3:05 pm

Conference Ends

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Aequitas Capital

Aequitas Capital is a diversified financial services company that creates alternative investments including private equity, private credit and specialty finance. The firm leverages its robust network of industry experts to invest in under-served sectors that drive the overall economy with an emphasis on education, healthcare and financial services. Aequitas helps its portfolio companies and strategic partners reach their goals by providing management expertise, technology infrastructure and a network of support services.


American Beacon

Are a series of low-cost, style-pure mutual funds. The Funds employ a “manager of managers” strategy and partners with who we consider to be the “best of the best” sub-advisors offering a variety of international and domestic equity and fixed-income solutions. As of September 30, 2014 American Beacon Advisors managed over $55 billion in assets. www.americanbeaconfunds.com

Balter Liquid Alternatives

Balter Liquid Alternatives (BLA) is a subsidiary of Balter Capital Management, a boutique firm focused on hedge fund research and investing. BLA was formed to create and manage daily liquidity alternative mutual funds. Balter Capital Management oversees approximately $1.2 Billion in hedge fund and alternative mutual fund assets. BLA constructs liquid investment products utilizing existing hedge fund managers.

CAIA Association

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association is the world leader in alternative investment education. CAIA programs include the CAIA Charter® and the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program®. For more information, please visit CAIA.org.

Crystal Capital Partners

With over 20 years of hedge fund experience, Crystal Capital Partners helps advisors seamlessly integrate hedge fund portfolios into their business. Our comprehensive services allows you to attract more assets by providing clients customized hedge fund portfolios tailored to meet their unique investment objectives.

With only $250,000; no per-fund minimums, your clients can access over 70 institutional-quality hedge funds and build portfolios with the same exposures as the world’s largest institutions. Other services include analytical tools, hedge fund due diligence, consolidated reporting, independent service providers, advisor support and more. All services can be private labeled, and are at no cost to you. www.crystalfunds.com

Dividend Capital

Divdend Capital is an innovative real estate investment management firm with expertise in all aspects of the public and private real estate sectors – as investors, operators and financiers. Dividend Capital offers a wide variety of real estate options for individual and institutional investors. www.dividendcapital.com

Franklin Square

Franklin Square is a leading manager of alternative income funds designed to enhance investors’ portfolios. The firm’s funds offer “endowment-style” investment strategies that help construct diversified portfolios and manage risk. The firm manages five funds, each sub-advisoed by GSO/Blackstone. Learn more at franklinsquare.com.


Iron Financial

IRON Financial, LLC is an independent asset management firm with deep expertise in delivering liquid alternatives with absolute returns to investors, combined with boutique-level service.

Founded in 1994, IRON Financial has successfully managed a series of liquid alternative and enhanced return strategies for financial intermediaries.

For more information about IRON Financial, visit www.ironfinancial.com.

Larkin Point

Larkin Point Investment Advisors LLC is an asset management firm and investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Larkin Point Solution seeks to capture growth in bull markets, protect and preserve gains in down markets, and generate income in all markets in an attempt to cover the cost of protection and add to total return.

Larkin Point provides solutions for wealth managers and financial advisors. Larkin Point was founded by Michael Winchell, and is based in Rumson, NJ.  www.larkinpoint.com

Northern Lights Distributors

Northern Lights Distributors, LLC helps you navigate the distribution universe. They serve as an advocate for our clients’ products by collaborating with financial intermediatries and partners. This collaboration includes connecting advisers and intermediaries to the compelling, independent mutual funds in the Northern Lights Fund Trusts and Two Roads Shared Trust.


RiverNorth is a Chicago-based investment management firm founded in 2000 that specializes in opportunistic investment strategies. RiverNorth focuses on strategies in niche markets where the potential to exploit inefficiencies is greatest. RiverNorth is the investment adviser to RiverNorth Funds and General Partner of multiple limited partnerships.

Schooner Investment Group

Schooner Investment Group provides investment management services to institutions and financial intermediaries that are seeking to preserve and build capital with a focus on sustainable, risk reducing investment strategies. The Firm manages mutual funds, with a focus on liquid alternative funds, separate accounts, and private investment funds. Schooner advises the Schooner Fund (Tickers: SCNAX, SCNIX) a hedged-equity mutual fund. The Fund was specifically designed for the general investing public; executing investment strategies that seek upside participation coupled with superior risk management. www.schoonerfunds.com

Sierra Mutual Funds

Founded in 1987, Sierra currently manages over $1.8 billion in separate accounts and the two Sierra mutual funds, designed to server the needs of retirees and other conservative investors. Sierra uses a globally-diversified tactical style, with prove risk-mitigation disciplines, and has achieved exceptional results across market cycles.

The twin goals of Sierra’s core strategy are (1) to average 8% or better over a market cycle (2) while at the same time limiting downside risk to 4%-5%. Fact sheets on the Sierra mutual funds can be viewed at www.SierraMutualFunds.com.

Whitebox Mutual Funds

Whitebox Advisors is a registered investment advisor to private investment funds as well as mutual funds. Seek asymmetric upside potential and limited risk, Whitebox maintains a long-term focus on capital appreciation over time. The firm is guided by 10 investment principles, the first of which is “The source of investment return is the efficient reduction of risk.


What is the dress code for the conference?
The attire for the conference is business casual. No shorts or t-shirts.

What is the cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend, you may replace your registration with a substitute delegate at no extra cost. Should you completely cancel, notification must be submitted in writing by June 21, 2015. Cancellations received by June 21, 2015 will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. No cancellation refunds/requests will be accepted after June 21, 2015.

In the event the conference is cancelled, Charter Financial Publishing Network (CFPN) assumes no liability for non-refundable transportation costs, hotel accommodations or any additional costs incurred by registrants. CFPN reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including the substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

What time does registration open on Monday, July 13?
Attendee registration opens at 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Sponsor registration will be open on Sunday, July 12th from 2:00-5:00pm.

Can I register on-site on the day of the conference?
Yes, however we encourage you to register beforehand.

How will continuing education hours be credited?
Forms will be available at registration, all attendees are to self-report the program for credit



After June 15, Advisor registration will be $149 and Non-Advisor Registration will be $1195.


For inquiries on registration please contact:
Linda Dunn,

(732) 450-8866
ext. 36
[email protected]


Important Information For All Conference Registrants (attendees, sponsors and speakers):
It has come to our attention that a company called Exhibition Housing Services has been systematically contacting our sponsors, speakers and attendees in an attempt to mislead them into believing that our Conference room block (and discounted rates) are no longer available. This company then tries to secure a credit card number, claiming they can book rooms for our registrants at other nearby hotels. This is a fraud. Please disregard any communications from Exhibition Housing Services, or other similar entities, and contact Linda Dunn, conference coordinator at Financial Advisor magazine with any questions or concerns.

Conference Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend, you may replace your registration with a substitute delegate at no extra cost. Should you completely cancel, notification must be submitted in writing at least 45 days prior to the event. No cancellation refunds/requests will be accepted within 45 days of the event.

In the event the conference is cancelled, the producer assumes no liability for non-refundable transportation costs, hotel accommodations or any additional costs incurred by registrants. The Conference producer reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including the substitution or cancellation of speakers and/or topics.

Details of the Conference provided on this website and in other materials is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.


Speaking/Sponsorship Opportunities

If you're interested in speaking or sponsorship opportunities please contact:

David Smith, EVP,
Group Publisher
(732) 450-8866
ext. 26
[email protected]


More Information

For inquiries on registration or hotel information please contact:

Linda Dunn
(732) 450-8866
ext. 36
[email protected]