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7:30 AM-8:00 AM
REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
MORNING SESSIONS
(West Lounge - 1st Floor)
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM WELCOME REMARKS
  • Mr. Nicolas Bornozis , President - Capital Link, Inc. - Conference Chairman
  • Mr. Lewis Aaron , Founder and Director, Fund Consultants LLC - Conference Master of Ceremonies
  • OPENING ADDRESS
    8:10 AM - 8:30 AM CLOSED-END FUNDS THE STATE OF THE CLOSED-END FUND INDUSTRY IN 2011
  • Mr. John P. Calamos Sr. , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer - Calamos Investments
  • 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS THE STATE OF THE ETF INDUSTRY IN 2011
  • Ms. Deborah Fuhr , Managing Director, Global Head of ETF Research & Implementation Strategy - BlackRock
  • 8:50 AM - 10:30 AM FIXED INCOME INVESTING

    Introduced by:

    Mr. Michael Jabara , Vice President, Head of Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) and Closed-End Fund Research, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
    EMERGING MARKET DEBT - A CHANGING ASSET CLASS
  • Mr. Kevin Daly , Portfolio Manager, Global Emerging Market Equities - Aberdeen Asset Management

    THE EVOLUTION OF FIXED INCOME ETFs - ACTIVE MANAGEMENT
  • Ms. Natalie Zahradnik , Senior Vice President. ETF Strategist - PIMCO


    MUNICIPAL FIXED INCOME MARKET
    Muni Bonds - Crisis or Opportunity

  • Mr. Joe Deane , Portfolio Manager - Western Asset Management Company


    GUGGENHEIM MARKET OUTLOOK & OPPORTUNITY
  • Mr. Steven Baffico , Senior Managing Director, Head of US Private Client Group - Guggenheim Funds Distributors, Inc.

    MLP'S AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FIXED INCOME
  • Mr. Jerry Swank , Managing Partner - Swank Capital & Cushing MLP Asset Management

    FIXED INCOME INVESTING Q&A

  • 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM EQUITY & TOTAL RETURN INVESTING

    Introduced by:

    Mr. Jon Maier , Global Macro Research, Closed-End Fund Analyst and ETF Strategist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    CONVERTIBLES AND HIGH YIELD
  • Mr. John P. Calamos Sr. , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer - Calamos Investments

    GLOBAL REAL ESTATE SECURITIES: From Recovery to Expansion
  • Mr. Robert H. Steers , co-chairman and co-chief executive officer - Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc.

    LATIN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITIES
  • Mr. Andy Brown , Investment Manager, Global Emerging Market Equities - Aberdeen Asset Management

    INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR: Why Pipelines Belong in Your Portfolio
  • Mr. Jeff Fulmer , Energy Portfolio Advisor - Tortoise Capital Advisors

    EQUITY & TOTAL RETURN INVESTING Q&A
  • 11:50 AM - 12:25 PM RISK MITIGATION STRATEGIES

    Introduced by:

    Mr. Alexander Reiss , Analyst Closed-End Fund Research, Stifel Nicolaus
    DIVERSIFICATION AND RISK MITIGATION IN TIMES OF HIGH CORRELATIONS AND VOLATILITY
  • Mr. Matthew Moran , Vice President, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)

    INNOVATIVE FUNDING SOLUTIONS FOR CLOSED-END FUNDS
  • Mr. Tomer Seifan , Head of Structuring for Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives - BNP Paribas

    RISK MITIGATION STRATEGIES Q&A
  • 12:25 AM - 12:30 PM RAISING AWARENESS OF CEFs AND ETFs TO A WIDER AUDIENCE
  • Mr. Nicolas Bornozis , President - Capital Link, Inc.
  • PARALLEL BREAK OUT SESSIONS
    (James Room - 2nd Floor)
    9:50 AM - 10:30 AM Moderated by:
    Mr. Ian Rasmussen , Senior Director - Fitch Ratings
    USE OF LEVERAGE IN CLOSED-END FUNDS
  • Mr. Yuriy Layvand , CFA, Associate Director - Fitch Ratings
  • Mr. William Meyers , Vice President - Nuveen Investments
  • Mr. Steve O'Neill, CFA , Portfolio Manager - RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC
  • Ms. Mariana Bush , Closed-End Funds & Exchange Traded Funds Analyst - Wells Fargo Advisors
  • 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM   INCORPORATING CEFs AND ETFs INTO DYNAMIC PORTFOLIO STRATEGIES
  • Mr. Kevin D. Mahn , Chief Investment Officer - Hennion & Walsh Asset Management and Portfolio Manager - SmartTrust Unit Investment Trusts
  • 11:10 AM - 11:50 AM   Energy MLP ETPs vs. CEFs: Which one is right for your portfolio?

    Exploring the advantages and trade-offs of the various structures available to gain exposure to the emerging MLP asset class.
  • Mr. Jerry Swank , Managing Partner - Swank Capital & Cushing MLP Asset Management
  • 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Moderated by:
    Mr. Bruce H. Goldfarb , President and Chief Executive Officer - Okapi Partners LLC
    OPTIMIZING INVESTOR RESPONSE AND PROXY SOLICITATION CAMPAIGNS
  • Mr. Chris Cernich , Director of M&A and Proxy Contest Research - ISS Governance
  • Ms. Jennifer R. Gonzalez , Partner - K&L Gates
  • Ms. Laura A. Bissell , Managing Director - Okapi Partners LLC
  • 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM COMMODITY ETFs - A Brief History of Commodity Indexes
  • Mr. Kurt J. Nelson , Partner - SummerHaven Investment Management, LLC
  • Mr. John T. Hyland, CFA , Chief Investment Officer - United States Commodity Funds
  • LUNCH SESSION
    (Main Dining Room - 3rd Floor)
    1:00 PM - 1:50 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Mr. Dean Maki
    Managing Director, Chief US Economist Barclays Capital

    US Economic Outlook Focusing on the Risks of Today's Easy Monetary Policies
    1:50 PM - 2:20 PM
    CEF, ETF & ANALYST AWARDS CEREMONY
    AFTERNOON SESSIONS
    (West Lounge - 1st Floor)
    ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
    2:40 PM - 3:10 PM CEF INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE

    Moderated by:
    Ms. Mariana Bush , Closed-End Funds & Exchange Traded Funds Analyst - Wells Fargo Advisors
    CURRENT TRENDS, OPPORTUNITIES & OUTLOOK
  • Mr. Marc Loughlin, US CEF Sales - Canaccord Genuity Inc.
  • Mr. Jonathan Isaac , Vice President, Director of Product Management - Eaton Vance Investment Managers
  • Mr. Will Korver , Senior Vice President - Guggenheim Funds Distributors, Inc.
  • 3:10 PM - 3:40 PM CEF INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE

    Moderated by:
    Mr. Mike Taggart , Closed-End Fund Strategist - Morningstar
    NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN TODAY'S MARKET PLACE
  • Mr. William Meyers , Senior VP, Product Developments - Nuveen
  • Mr. Bill Golden , Managing Director, Closed-End Funds - Legg Mason & Co.
  • Mr. Stephen Dougherty , CFA, Senior Vice President, Head of Structured Assets & Alternatives Investment Solutions Team - ING Investment Management
  • 3:40 PM - 4:20 PM INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLES ETFs

    Moderated by:
    Mr. Scott Burns Mr. Scott Burns, Director ETF Research - Morningstar
    CURRENT TRENDS, OPPORTUNITIES & OUTLOOK
  • Mr. Stephen Cook , Managing Director of Product Strategy - Bank of New York Mellon
  • Mr. Dominic Maister , Director - iShares Due Diligence Team, BlackRock
  • Mr. Eric M. Pollackov , Managing Director, ETF Capital Markets- Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Solomon G. Teller, CFA , Head of Investment Analytics - ProShares
  • Mr. Luciano Siracusano , Chief Investment Strategist & Director of Sales - WisdomTree
  • 4:20 PM - 4:50 PM COMMODITY ETFs

    Moderated by:
    Mr. Dennis Emanuel , Managing Director, CEF & ETF Research - Citigroup Investment Research
  • Mr. Alex Depetris , Vice President of Deutsche Bank Commodity Services LLC
  • Mr. Tim Harvey , Senior Vice President - ETF Securities
  • Mr. John T. Hyland, CFA , Chief Investment Officer - United States Commodity Funds
  • 4:50 PM - 5:20 PM INDICES

    Moderated by:
    Mr. Scott Burns , Director ETF Research - Morningstar
  • Mr. Lucas Garland , Head of Product Management - Thomson Reuters Indices
  • Mr. Mark Abssy , Index & ETF Manager - International Securities Exchange
  • Mr. Kurt J. Nelson , Partner - SummerHaven Investment Management, LLC
  • 5:20 PM - 5:50 PM TRADING & BEST EXECUTION

    Moderated by:
    Ms. Laura V. Morrison , Senior Vice President, Global Index and Exchange Traded Products - NYSE Euronext
  • Mr. Thomas R. Smykowski , Managing Director, Global Head Portfolio and ETF Trading - ConvergEx Group
  • Mr. Dean Kordalis , Director of National ETF Sales - Knight Equity Markets, L.P.
  • Mr. Andrew McOrmond , Managing Director, ETF Group - WallachBeth Capital LLC
  • Mr. Dave Abner , Director of Institutional ETF Sales - WisdomTree Investments
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION











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