2016 ETF Landscape: Current Trends and Opportunities Roundtable Discussion

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016, 11:00 AM ET

4:00 PM LONDON | 5:00 PM PARIS | 6:00 PM ATHENS | 11:00 PM HONG KONG 



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  • Recap of the ETF industry in 2015
  • Navigating the ETF landscape in 2016
  • What to expect from the institutional and retail investors
  • Assessing the growing array of options in Smart Beta ETFs
  • Best practices for ETF trading & sourcing liquidity
  • Trends and investment opportunities in ETF Industry


   Robert J. Marrocco
Director, Exchange Traded Products
   BATS Global Markets

Robert Marrocco is Director of Listings at BATS Global Markets. In his role, Mr. Marrocco is responsible for supporting the company’s ETP listings business, developing strategy, working with issuers to list their products and overseeing market quality incentive programs. BATS is currently the largest U.S. market for the trading of exchange-traded funds (ETF).

Mr. Marrocco began his career at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where he held several positions, most recently as Associate on the Global Index and Exchange Traded Products team.

Mr. Marrocco graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint John’s University.


   Dave Mazza
Vice President, Head of Research

David is a Vice President of State Street Global Advisors and the Head of Research for SPDR ETFs and SSGA Funds. In this capacity, he manages a team of Research Strategists and Product Analysts who generate sales and marketing content including market outlooks, investment themes and product positioning collateral to drive engagement. In addition, David represents the firm in trade and national appearances.

Prior to this role, David was a member of the firm's Global Enhanced Equity Group, responsible for research, portfolio management and product positioning across multiple investment strategies. David began his career in the firm's Charitable Asset Management Group, where he supported the investment management and administration of planned gifts.

David received his MBA in Finance from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and his BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Notre Dame Education Center in Boston, MA. In addition, he serves on the Lawrence Academy Alumni Council.  

   Michael Akins
Senior Vice President, Director of Index Mgmt.
   ALPS ETF Trust

Mike is the Portfolio Manager on the ALPS ETF Trust and is responsible for fiduciary oversight of actively managed products. He also actively participates in new product development for ALPS Portfolio Solutions. Mike developed the due diligence process for sub-advisor selection and oversight for actively managed mutual funds, designed and implemented the index management process for ETFs and created the concept behind the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF (Symbol: SDOG).

Prior to joining ALPS, Mike worked at UMB Financial Corporation in Compliance and Fiduciary Risk Management. Prior to UMB, Mike was an account manager at State Street Financial Corporation. Mike has over 10 years of financial industry experience, is an Honor Graduate from the Cannon Financial Institute's Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management School, and graduated from Briar Cliff University with a B.A. in Business Administration.

   Paul Baiocchi
Director, Sector Investment Strategy & Consulting
   Fidelity SelectCo

Paul Baiocchi is a sector investment strategist at Fidelity SelectCo. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, Paul is responsible for supporting the distribution efforts for Fidelity SelectCo products across Fidelity's distribution channels. He works with internal and external partners to increase product visibility, leveraging Fidelity resources to increase awareness of sector investing and feedback from the channels to inform the decision making process, guidance development, and distribution and product strategy.

Prior to joining Fidelity in his current position in February 2014, Paul was vice president of ETF analytics at ETF.com from 2010 to 2014. Previously, Paul worked as a senior market strategist at Delta Global Advisors from 2007 to 2010 and as a senior investment consultant at Euro Pacific Capital from 2003 to 2007. He has been in the investments industry since 2003.

Paul earned his bachelor of science degree in finance from California State University at Chico and his master of business administration degree in finance from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. He also holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 and 63 licenses.

   Ogden Hammond
Executive Director, Head of ETF Strategy & Business Development
   J.P. Morgan Asset Mgmt.

Ogden Hammond, Executive Director, is Head of ETF Strategy & Business Development at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2013, he worked for McKinsey & Company in New York, where he was a core member of the North American Wealth & Asset Management & Insurance practices. Ogden led McKinsey's North American ETF (Exchange Traded Funds) service line and co-authored "The Second Act Begins for ETFs". He has been quoted extensively in leading publications (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, P&I) on ETF and asset management topics.

Ogden graduated with an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, an MPP in Science & Technology Policy and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.


   Ben Johnson, CFA
Director of Global ETF Research

Ben Johnson, CFA, is director of global ETF research and editor of Morningstar® ETFInvestorSM, a monthly investment newsletter. Before assuming his current role, he was director of ETF research for Europe and Asia. He also previously served as a senior equity analyst, covering the agriculture and chemicals industries. Before joining Morningstar in 2006, he worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.  

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. In 2015, Fund Directions and Fund Action named Johnson among the 2015 Rising Stars of Mutual Funds.  

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