As a blizzard begins to pummel the East Coast, some 2,000 advisors and other financial professionals will be trying to get to the Miami area for the annual Inside ETFs conference.
The four-day Inside ETFs 2016 event kicks off on Sunday at the Hollywood Diplomat Resort & Spa, with a series of educational workshops on trends in ETF investing, launching and marketing. In the evening, guests will be treated to a pool party complete with screens broadcasting the NFC Championship game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers; this activity is sponsored by MSCI.
ETF assets in the United States stand at roughly $2.1 trillion, according to ETF.com, the organizer of the industry event, which adds that six out of the 10 most popular ETFs last year were international stock funds focused on developed countries, particularly the eurozone. By 2020, global ETF assets are expected to hit $5 trillion, PwC says in a recent industry report.
On Monday, Vanguard Chairman Bill McNabb will speak about the future of financial advice. His talk follows a panel discussion on fundamental indexing, which includes speakers like Schwab’s Anthony Davidow.
Later in the day, DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach is set to give his thoughts on the economy. After his talk, a group of panelists will debate trends in smart-beta ETF investing; Tom Lydon of ETF Trends will moderate the conversation.
Other speakers on tap for Monday are “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner, Morgan Creek Capital CEO Mark Yusko — sharing 10 “bold predictions” for 2016 — and former-Navy Seal Robert O’Neil, who was a member of the team that ended Osama bin Laden’s life and also helped rescue sea captain Richard Phillips.
A sunset cruise on the Inter-Coastal Waterway is planned for the evening, which is being hosted by S&P Dow Jones Indices and McGraw Hill Financial.