Smart Beta Among Hot Topics At 2017 Morningstar ETF Conference | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

The 2017 Morningstar ETF conference is slated to kick off Wednesday in Chicago, and will run through Friday.


Joe Davis, Vanguard’s global chief economist and head of the Investment Strategy Group, will deliver the opening keynote speech Wednesday evening. He is expected to discuss economic and investment trends, as well as implications for the economy and the markets.

Thursday morning, Andrew Ang, managing director at BlackRock (BLK), will tackle smart beta and factor investing. For instance, is the popularity of those strategies causing concerns about capacity and crowding? Can investors grab additional returns by timing in and out of factor strategies?

Chris Brightman, who leads the research and investment team at Research Affiliates, delves into how chasing trends can hurt investors. He’ll discuss how investors should focus on smart beta strategies that are trading cheap vs. their historical norms.

Other topics planned for Thursday include making sense of the many available multifactor ETFs, the potential of strategic beta in fixed income, and how passive investing is influencing corporate governance.

Jamil Baz, managing director and global head of client analytics at Pimco, kicks off Friday’s agenda by discussing the difference between stocks and bonds in the ongoing active vs. passive investing debate.

Other Friday sessions will look at liquid alternatives and how to approach emerging markets. The conference will wrap up with Meet the Pundits, featuring speakers who cover the ETF industry closely.


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