Monday, 18 May 2020

8:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Coffee with Exhibitors

8:00–8:45 a.m.

Sponsored Corporate Presentations

Sponsored Corporate Presentations offer a range of best practices, strategies, tools, tactics, and insights for successful investment management and financial analysis from senior-thought leaders at leading financial services firms.

MSCI: Session to be Announced

9:30–10:15 a.m.

How a Data-Driven Investor Navigates a Headline-Driven Market

Jack Ablin, CFA
Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer ​
Cresset Capital

  • Data has taken a back seat to a market dominated by trade negotiations, political finger pointing, and tweets.
  • The cascade of capital into passive index strategies has caused value stocks to fall behind the market.
  • Textbooks told us that interest rates couldn’t go below zero, yet as much as $17 trillion of bonds globally sported negative yields.
  • Learn how and why data still matters and how to use it to navigate today’s markets.

10:45–11:45 a.m.

The Anatomy of Choice

Daniel Crosby
Chief Behavioral Officer
Brinker Capital

Paul Sullivan, Moderator
Wealth Matters Columnist
New York Times

  • Discover ways in which improving small choices made every day can dramatically improve both life and investment outcomes.
  • Learn how many decisions occur without conscious awareness, and access tools for bringing unconscious and biased decisions to light.
  • Create practical methods for improving investment decisions by integrating learning into daily processes.

11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Sponsored Corporate Presentations with Dessert

Sponsored Corporate Presentations offer a range of best practices, strategies, tools, tactics, and insights for successful investment management and financial analysis from senior-thought leaders at leading financial services firms.

BlackRock: Innovating the Investment Process—Big Data and ESG
Antonio (Tony) DeSpirito
Managing Director

  • Hear ideas from a leading fundamental active equity investor.
  • Learn why alternative data and ESG insights are critical to enhancing investment processes and improving long-term outcomes.
  • Discover how markets are pricing sustainability and why ESG analysis may be the newest source of alpha.

Diamond Hill Capital Management: Finding Value in a Growth-Driven World
Heather Brilliant, CFA
Chief Executive Officer and President
Diamond Hill Capital Management

Austin Hawley, CFA
Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
Diamond Hill Capital Management

  • After one of the worst decades in value’s history, many investors are wondering whether value investing is due for a comeback or whether it is no longer effective in today’s dynamic economy.
  • Explore the evidence on both sides of the debate, including which of value’s headwinds are cyclical versus structural.
  • Examine a few of the drawbacks associated with some of the most popular metrics used by many value investors, and learn where we are still finding value in a growth-driven world.

eVestment: Session to be Announced

FactSet: Session to be Announced

Glenmede Investment Management: Battling Bias: Integrated into Asset Allocation
Sean Heron, CFA
Portfolio Manager
Glenmede Investment Management LP

Stacey Gilbert
Portfolio Manager
Glenmede Investment Management LP

  • See how behavioral bias finds its way into market pricing.
  • Learn about the impact of such biases on investment decisions using common biases, including loss aversion, overconfidence, and herding.
  • Find out how behavioral bias can be harvested from the volatility risk premium embedded in option prices.

Truist: Alternative Investments and the Future of Multi-Asset Portfolio Management

  • What challenges and opportunities come with integrating less liquid and more opaque strategies in a multi-asset portfolio for both taxable and tax-exempt investors?
  • How do institutional and UHNW advisers address client/board education, benchmarking and reporting, risk transparency, and drafting effective investment policy statements?
  • Addressing questions about manager access, capacity, and opportunities for co-investment
  • The potential value and drawbacks of “retailization” of non-traditional strategies
  • Mapping traditional asset class performance to various alternative investment strategies
  • Operational and technology challenges for portfolio management and risk reporting

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions provide analysis and commentary on topics such as alternative investing, capital markets, tech developments, career skills, psychology and decision making, and sustainable investing.

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Words Matter: CEO Candor and Financial Performance

L.J. Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc.

Richard Stott, Moderator
Founding Partner and CEO
CONNECTUM Family Wealth Management

  • Reading CEO shareholder letters for positive and negative sentiments is a learned discipline and should be evaluated as part of the analytical process.
  • Analyzing CEO language reveals insights about strategic and cultural relevance, innovation success, and leadership accountability.
  • Protect your portfolios: Learn why BS is worse than lying.

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Get Paid to Play: Risk-Based Portfolio Construction

Shundrawn A. Thomas
Northern Trust Asset Management

Lynn Raebsamen, CFA, Moderator
Swiss Vanquest AG

  • Over the long term, investors should be rewarded for the risk they take relative to their desired investment objectives and observed risk preferences.
  • Conventional approaches to asset allocation may mask underlying biases or concentrations, resulting in unintended risk exposures and/or uncompensated portfolio risks.
  • Risk-based portfolio construction fulfilled through efficient investment vehicles allows advisers to better ensure investors are compensated for the risk they take.

Specialty Focus Area: Capital Markets

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Asset Allocation for Private Clients: Long-Term Planning in a Low Rate Environment

Adrian J. Cronje, CFA
​CEO and Chief Investment Officer​​

Blair duQuesnay, CFA, Moderator
Investment Advisor Representative
Ritholtz Wealth Management

  • Has a decade of financial repression created “extrapolation risk” for a generation of advisers and wealth managers?
  • Do current assumptions appropriately account for client longevity in the decades to come?
  • In an era of historically low yields, what investment strategies will help bridge the gap between what is needed and what is available?

Specialty Focus Area: Wealth Management

1:45–2:30 p.m.

No B.S. Branding: Unleash Your Superpowers to Build a Brand That Sells

Curt Mercadante
Curt Mercadante

Anastasia Diakaki, Moderator
Regional Director, EMEA, Professional Learning
CFA Institute

  • Starting with the basics: Who are you? What are your strengths? What are your branding goals?
  • Advice for creating a business brand or creating your own “self-brand” at work
  • Discovering your superpowers and how can you use them to build your brand
  • Using branding tools like LinkedIn and Twitter

Specialty Focus Area: Career Development

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Ethics/the Practicality of Moral Philosophy for Investment Directors

Eelco Fiole, CFA
Managing Partner
Alpha Governance Partners

Susan Spinner, CFA, Moderator
Managing Director
CFA Society Germany

  • Relationship between investment governance quality and behavior
  • From moral importance to fiduciary duty
  • Increased ethical awareness made easy

Specialty Focus Area: Ethics

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Tips for Successful Active Investing

Jim P. O’Shaughnessy
​Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer​
O’Shaughnessy Asset Management

Neil Govier, CFA, Moderator
Regional Director, APAC, Professional Learning​
CFA Institute

  • Successful active investors have a long-term perspective on their investments.
  • Successful active investors value process over outcome.
  • Successful active investors generally ignore forecasts and predictions.
  • Successful active investors are patient and persistent.

Specialty Focus Area: Capital Markets

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions provide analysis and commentary on topics such as alternative investing, capital markets, tech developments, career skills, psychology and decision making, and sustainable investing.

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Managing the Global Legacy: Helping International Families Think about the United States in Their Planning

Andrew S. Auchincloss
Schlesinger Lazetera & Auchincloss LLP

Phillip Sundquist, CFA, Moderator
Managing Director
Sundquist Advisory LLC

  • Inbound planning:
    • Transferring global wealth to US beneficiaries
    • Pre-immigration planning for individuals coming to the United States
  • Outbound planning
    • Planning for leaving the US tax system
  • Importance of goal-based planning in international situations

Specialty Focus Area: Wealth Management

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Prospects for Emerging Market Debt

Jennifer Gorgoll, CFA
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman

George Spentzos, CFA, Moderator
Investment Director
LNG Capital LLP

  • How has the sector changed in the wake of the financial crisis and after years of low interest rates?
  • Has the coronavirus and the related global supply chain disruption changed the story for emerging market borrowers going forward?
  • Credit quality, relative value, and where emerging market debt fits in the global fixed-income portfolio

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Global Economic Risks and Rewards

Alejandra Grindal
Senior International Economist
Ned Davis Research Group

Gerard Lee, CFA, Moderator
Lion Global Investors Ltd.

  • Assessing where we are in the global business cycle and what it means for the economy and your investments
  • What are the most significant macro risks we’re facing, including short-term and long-term concerns, such as demographics and debt?
  • Weighing the risks and rewards of the world’s major countries and regions—namely, the United States, China, and Europe

Specialty Focus Area: Global Trends

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Africa’s Next Century: Taking a Thoughtful Approach to the World’s Most Dynamic Markets

Melissa Cook, CFA
Managing Director
African Sunrise Partners, LLC

Mohammad Shoaib, CFA, Moderator
Al Meezan Investment Management Limited

  • Media coverage of the continent makes sweeping and often unhelpful generalizations.
  • With 1 billion people—over half under the age of 25—Africa could lead the world in growth and innovation.
  • Risk is perceived to be very high, but is that really true? What’s the risk of not being there?
  • Learn about the real drivers of growth and value creation—by asset class, region, and sector.
  • Hear from a practitioner with extensive on-the-ground knowledge and a global perspective.

Specialty Focus Area: Alternative Investing

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Sustainable Investing: What Works, Red Flags, and Points of Interest

Julie Gorte
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing
Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds

Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, Moderator
Senior Director, Capital Markets Policy
CFA Institute

  • Sustainable investing, once seen as a niche, is now seen as a set of principles and techniques that investment managers of all stripes can use.
  • Increasingly, asset managers see sustainability issues as material to financial performance and as possible sources of tail risk that need to be understood better.
  • Key issues that many investors now see as something all asset managers need to understand include climate risk, gender diversity, and the transition to a sustainable economy.
  • There is much talk about “confusion” in ESG ratings and standards inhibiting progress; learn why that’s not something you need to pay attention to.

Specialty Focus Area: Sustainable Investing

3:00–3:45 p.m.

Early-Stage Investing in Technology Companies: The “Whys” and the “Hows”

Anna Garcia, CFA
Co-Founder and Partner
Runway Venture Partners

Rani Piputri, CFA, Moderator
Head of Automated Intelligence Investing
NN Investment Partners

  • Why should investment portfolios allocate to early-stage venture capital?
  • Where is the most compelling opportunity in technology investing today?
  • What do VCs look for in a prospective investment?
  • Effective deal sourcing and other critical success factors of venture capital

Specialty Focus Area: Tech

4:15–5:15 p.m.

Dog Days: Who Wins and Who Loses in Today’s Digital Economy

Scott Galloway
​Professor of Marketing
NYU Stern School of Business

  • No mercy/no malice perspective on the biggest trends, strategies, and innovations that separate winners and losers in today’s digital economy
  • From the dominance and behaviors of Amazon and Facebook to network effects and recurring revenue, which winners and losers have emerged
  • What you can learn from the winners and losers, and how they will affect the future of business