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The Forum has been approved for 11 CFP CE Credits by the CFP Board and approved by IMCA for 9 CIMA/CPWA CE Credits
7:30 AM- 7:55 AM REGISTRATION
MORNING SESSIONS
WEST LOUNGE (1ST FLOOR)
7:55 AM - 8:00 AM Welcome Remarks  Nicolas Bornozis, President - Capital Link, Inc.
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM Where is the Value Today in CEFs? 
Market Perceptions Vs Fundamentals 

Discussion on various asset classes; Market dislocation and fundamentals in the CEF; Higher Volatility & Outlook for Covered Calls CEFs; Where to invest today

Moderator:
Mariana Bush, CFA, Senior Analyst Wells Fargo Advisors

Panelists:

  • Rennie McConnochie, Head of Global Banks Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Patrick Galley, CFA, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Management RiverNorth Capital Management LLC
  • Douglas Bond, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager Cohen & Steers
  • Robert F. Bush, Jr., Senior Vice President, Director of Closed-End Fund Products Calamos Investments
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF FINANCIAL ADVICE

Jim Ross, Executive Vice President - State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), Global Head of SPDR ETFs. He also serves as Head of US Intermediary Distribution, and is Chairman of SSGA Funds Management, Inc. (SSGA FM)

WEST LOUNGE (1ST FLOOR) JAMES ROOM (2ND FLOOR)
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

A New Dimension in ETF Investing

John Hancock ETFs 
Lukas SmartSenior Portfolio Manager and Vice President – Dimensional Fund Advisors  9:00 AM -
9:40 AM
 

Uncovering Value in
the BDC Industry
 

Thomas Alonso, CFA, Vice President Investor Relations Prospect Capital Corporation 
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM

Gold – The Original Alternative

  • Edward CoyneExecutive Vice President, National Sales - Sprott Asset Management USA
  • Trey ReikSenior Portfolio Manager - Sprott Asset Management USA
9:40 am - 10:20 am

Revitalizing IPOs & Secondary Market for CEFs

Innovations & Market Support
 

Discuss innovation in the CEFs Space; Secondary market support

Moderator:
Rose F. DiMartino, Partner Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Panelists:

  • Robert F. Bush, Jr., Senior Vice President, Director of Closed-End Fund Products Calamos Investments
  • Douglas Bond, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager Cohen & Steers
  • Stephen Fox, Managing Director Nuveen Investments
  • Jonathan Isaac, VP, Director of Product Management Eaton Vance Management
 9:40 am -
10:20 am
Trends in Closed-End Fund Leverage

Moderator:
Greg Fayvilevich, Senior Director, Fund & Asset Manager Rating Group - Fitch Ratings

Panelists:

  • Andrew Hanson, Managing Director - Morgan Stanley
  • Bill Meyers, Managing Director - Nuveen Investments
  • Brian Knudsen, Associate Director, Fund & Asset Manager Rating Group - Fitch Ratings
WEST LOUNGE (1ST FLOOR) JAMES ROOM (2ND FLOOR)
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM

European Equity Update




Christopher WarrenManaging Director – Deutsche Asset Management

  10:20 AM -
11:00 AM
 

Advisor Panel – 
Bringing it all
Together in Client Portfolios

Panel will discuss
how advisors are
incorporating CEFs and ETFs
in their client’s portfolio
 

Moderator:
Elias Lanik, Senior Closed-End Fund Analyst BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

Panelists:

  • Gregg T. Abella, AIF,Co-Principal – Investment Partners Asset Management
  • John Cole ScottChief Investment Officer – Closed-End Fund Advisors
  • Jon Maier, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager – Merrill Lynch ETF Model Portfolios
 
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM   Ireland - ‘Brilliant and balanced’ Recovery Keeps Outpacing the Rest


 Noel O’HalloranDirector; Chief Investment Officer – Kleinwort Benson Investors Dublin Ltd
WEST LOUNGE (1ST FLOOR)
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Fund Initiatives to Maximize Shareholder Value

Product Management innovation and Shareholder Outcomes; 
Fund Consolidation; and Managing Discounts

Moderator:
Alex Reiss, Director – Stifel

Panelists:

  • Mike Taggart,Vice President, Director of Closed-End Fund Research – Nuveen Investments
  • Renee Baker, Senior Manager, CEF Marketing & Investor Relations - Aberdeen Asset Management
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM   Finding Safe, Stable yield in a Lower for Longer world Aaron D. Peck, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer Monroe Capital Corporation
11:50 AM – 12:10 PM Convertible Securities as an Asset Class F. Barry Nelson, Partner – Advent Capital Management, LLC
12:10 PM – 12:50 PM How Smart is SmartBeta?

Moderator:
Michael JabaraManaging Director and Head of ETF and Closed-End Fund Research – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Panelists:

  • Arne NoackDirector, Exchange Traded Product Development Deutsche Asset Management
  • Lukas SmartSenior Portfolio Manager and Vice President Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Matthew SchwabClient Portfolio Manager Goldman Sachs Asset Management
LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Outlook for 2015: Adult Swim Only
Henry H. McVey
CIO of KKR's Balance Sheet and Head of Global Macro & Asset Allocation
KKR
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CLOSED-END FUNDS, ETFS & ANALYST AWARDS                             
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
WEST LOUNGE (1ST FLOOR)
2:45 PM – 3:25 PM   MLPs: Energy Landscape & Beyond

Moderator:
Selman Akyol, Managing Director Stifel

Panelists:

  • Edward Russell, Managing Director Tortoise Capital Advisors
  • J. Parker Roy, Senior Managing Director, Head of Business Development - Cushing Asset Management
  • Colin Bell,  Managing Director - Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Jay Hatfield, President Infrastructure Capital Advisors; Portfolio Manager - InfraCap
3:25 PM – 3:45 PM  Enhanced Risk Adjusted Returns Using Options-based Strategies

Richard Rosenthal, Director, Business Development FTSE Russell Indexes - CBOE

3:45 PM – 4:05 PM High-Yield Securities in Today’s Market Environment Paul McGinn, Vice President - First Trust Advisors
4:05 PM – 4:35 PM   BDCs – Financing America’s Growth

Rich KendrickCo-Head of Equity Capital Markets and Senior Managing Director – Stifel

4:35 PM – 5:15 PM

ETF Industry Roundtable

Moderator:
Doug Yones, Head of Exchange Traded Products – NYSE

Panelists:

  • David B. Mazza, Managing Director/Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research State Street Global Advisors
  • Abby Woodham, ETF Strategist Deutsche Asset Management
  • Kristine Delano, Managing Director NextShares Solutions LLC
  • David Sharp, ETF Product Manager - Vanguard
5:20 PM – 6:30 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION











                    


                            


















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