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12:30pm-1pm EST
2018 Macroeconomic Outlook: Steve Forbes Interviews Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab
As Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, Liz Ann has a range of investment strategy responsibilities reaching from market and economic analysis to investor education, all focused on the individual investor. She analyzes and interprets the economy and markets on behalf of Schwab’s clients. The output of Liz Ann’s work is via written reports, audio and video recordings, conference calls, and webcasts. She is a regular contributor to Schwab’s publications and the keynote speaker at many of the company’s corporate and client events. She is also a keynote speaker at many outside conferences, including for Barron’s, NYSSA, FPA, CFA Institutes, Morningstar and IMCA. Liz Ann is also a Senior Vice President and member of the Investment Committee at Windhaven Investment Management, Inc., which oversees Windhaven’s research initiatives and investment decisions.
1pm-2pm EST
Investing with a Focus on Events: Using Catalysts to Generate Returns over Market Cycles - 1 CE Credit
Event-driven strategies are designed to capture returns based on corporate events, including mergers, acquisitions, asset sales or divestitures, restructurings, refinancing, recapitalizations, reorganizations or other special situations.
This wide range of sub-strategies gives event-driven managers broader investment options and a variety of ways to add value and generate returns:
  • - Diversify traditional equity and bond exposure through a relatively conservative approach.
  • - Each investment in the portfolio typically trades with unique deal catalysts and is normally not correlated with other holdings.
  • - The outcome of a single transaction does not typically impact the outcome of other portfolio investments.
2pm-3pm EST
Global Income Strategies - 1 CE Credit
With the current interest rate environment and global economic uncertainty, investors are challenged with finding consistent, reliable income solutions. Join us for an in-depth discussion that will cover:
  • - Identifying equity yield opportunities
  • - Improving diversification through a global, multi-asset class approach
  • - Emerging markets high yield opportunities
  • - Portfolio construction and risk considerations
3pm-4pm EST
Grow Your Practice Through ESG Investing - 1 CE Credit
ESG or environmental, social, governance investing has undoubtedly been a popular topic of discussion by advisors in 2017. Sustainable investing themes are gaining investor interest. Incorporating ESG into your practice can be a significant differentiator to attract and retain a more diverse client base. Join our panel of experts as the discuss:
  • - ESG Investing Philosophies & Strategies
  • - Results of Recent ESG Survey
  • - Translating Sustainability Into Revenue
  • - Performance & Portfolio Construction Considerations
4pm-5pm EST
Picking Winning Cities: Today’s Global Real Estate Market - 1 CE Credit
Real estate markets are typically cyclical, yet research-driven, active management optimizes trends and insights that can lead to outperformance in any market. Opportunities to capture upside exist everywhere, but identifying and optimizing those investments is key. Join our experts as they provide an in-depth discussion that will cover:
  • - Global, Regional and Structural Trends Impacting Real Estate Markets
  • - Picking Winning Cities Across the Globe for Growth and Diversification
  • - The Five Demographic Megatrends that Real Estate Cannot Ignore


Liz Ann Sonders

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Strategist

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

As Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, Liz Ann has a range of investment strategy responsibilities reaching from market and economic analysis to investor education, all focused on the individual investor. She analyzes and interprets the economy and markets on behalf of Schwab’s clients. The output of Liz Ann’s work is via written reports, audio and video recordings, conference calls, and webcasts. She is a regular contributor to Schwab’s publications and the keynote speaker at many of the company’s corporate and client events. She is also a keynote speaker at many outside conferences, including for Barron’s, NYSSA, FPA, CFA Institutes, Morningstar and IMCA. Liz Ann is also a Senior Vice President and member of the Investment Committee at Windhaven Investment Management, Inc., which oversees Windhaven’s research initiatives and investment decisions.*

In 1999, Liz Ann joined U.S. Trust—which was acquired by Schwab in 2000—as a Managing Director and member of its Investment Policy Committee. Before U.S. Trust, Liz Ann was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Avatar Associates (1986-1999), an original division of the Zweig/Avatar Group. She is a regular guest and guest host on many CNBC programs, as well as on Fox Business News, Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNN, Wall Street Week, PBS NewsHour, Yahoo! Finance and She was a regular panelist and guest host on PBS’s original Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser. Liz Ann is also regularly quoted in financial publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, Financial Times, Market Watch and Associated Press articles.

Liz Ann has been named one of SmartMoney’s “Power 30,” their list of the most influential people on Wall Street; the best strategist of the year by Kiplinger’s; one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker/US Banker; and one of the “50 Top Women in Wealth” by Wealth Manager/AdvisorOne. Most recently, she was named to the “IA 25” by Investment Advisor, their list of the 25 most important people in and around the financial advisory profession.

In 2005, Liz Ann was appointed to and served on the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, President Bush’s bi-partisan tax reform commission. From 2007 through 2013 Liz Ann served on the national board of directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America; and now serves on its CT Chapter’s board. In 2008 Liz Ann was honored by the Girl Scouts of New York as an “Exceptional Role Model for Young Women.”

Liz Ann received her B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Delaware, and has served on its Investment Visiting Committee since 2000. In 2013 Liz Ann was inducted onto the University’s “Alumni Wall of Fame” alongside Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; and gave the Winter Commencement Address in 2014 for which she received an honorary doctorate degree. She received her M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.

Joseph Barrato

Chief Executive Officer

Arrow Funds

Joe is CEO and co-founder of Arrow Investment Advisors, LLC, the advisor to Arrow Funds and ArrowShares. His industry experience of more than 25 years includes six years at Rydex Investments. As Director of Product Development, he was responsible for researching new strategic opportunities, as well as creating high-quality and innovative investment products and services. Prior to Rydex, Joe spent 12 years at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as an analyst and senior financial examiner, where he advised Fed officers and board officials on financial, operational and managerial enhancements. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from The George Washington University, where he majored in finance and minored in accounting.

Alice Breheny

Global Head of Research

TH Real Estate

With 20 years’ experience in property research, Alice is Head of the Global Real Estate Research team. She manages a team of several analysts who are devoted to researching the direct property market in Europe, the US and Asia.
Alice works alongside Austin Mitchell, Global Head of Business Development, jointly running the Research & Development (R&D) function, which ensures our research is applied and remains at the forefront of product development. The R&D team identifies global, structural trends and finds appropriate opportunities for real estate investors.
Alice is a member of the Property Investment Committee and the Global Product Committee, ensuring the research feeds into every stage of the investment process and product development. She is also a member of the Investment Property Forum, the Society of Property Researchers, INREV and the International Council of Shopping Centres.
Alice has a BA (Hons) degree in Geography from the University of Southampton.

Jeffrey L. Gitterman, AAMS®

Co-Founding Partner

Gitterman Wealth Management

Jeff Gitterman is a co-founding partner of Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC, and a thought leader in the field of Sustainable, Impact, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing. He is the creator of his firm’s SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)® Investing Services, which offer investment opportunities for individual clients, as well as research and investing services for other financial professionals in the Sustainable, ESG, and Impact arenas.

Noted as an “ESG expert” by Financial Advisor magazine, Jeff has also been featured in the past in Money Magazine, Barron’s, Morningstar Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Affluent Magazine, among many others.

Jeff deeply believes that the migration of investor capital towards more Sustainable, Impact, and ESG investments is one of, if not the most effective way to help realize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and he is committed to helping both investors and other financial professionals navigate the rapidly growing Sustainable, Impact, and ESG Investing landscape.

Jeff is also the author of Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, and an Associate Producer of the feature documentary film, Planetary. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical and dedicates much of his free time to raising funds and awareness for the autism community.

Dimitry Griko

CIO for Fixed Income

EG Capital Advisors

Dimitry Griko is the Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income at EG Capital Advisors, a global emerging and developed markets investment business, with a focus on public and private equity and high yield emerging market debt. EG Capital Advisors is an asset management company, which is head quartered in London and has investments across over 30 countries. Dimitry began his current role in 2015, bringing 15 years’ experience in asset management. His career started at the convertibles trading desk at Deutsche Bank, New York, after which he was involved in proprietary trading across $6bn+ US convertibles and credit portfolio with a focus on high yield. Previously he was CIO at Everest Asset Management, as well as Head of Trading at Sanno Point Capital Management. He was educated at Towson University, with a BA in economics.
EG Capital Advisors Group is a global institutional asset management company with strong emerging market pedigree, global presence and proven track record that manages a multi asset, diversified portfolio of funds that cater to the demands of the wholesale and institutional investors worldwide. Firm’s value creation is based around rigorous investment analysis, prudent risk management, in-depth research and continued client relevance. EG Capital Advisors’ solid track record underpins the commitment of its investor base and manifests unrivalled unique bottom up alfa generation approach. EGCA’s objective is to continuously generate high current yield returns across the suite of asset classes and form strategic partnerships globally in search for growth opportunities and new investment ideas.

Michael Kane, CFA

Director, Client Advisory

Advent Capital Management, LLC

Michael joined Advent in 2014 as a Director in the Client Advisory group with a focus on business development and client relations for the firm’s alternative strategies. Prior to joining Advent, Michael was a Director in the Hedge Fund Consulting and Capital Advisory within Citigroup’s prime brokerage unit. Prior to joining Citigroup, Michael invested in hedge funds and conducted manager research at both Amundi Asset Management and Commerzbank AG. Before Commerzbank, Michael served as Controller for CDC Investment Management leading their accounting and performance reporting efforts. Michael also worked as a mutual fund accountant at Bank of New York and State Street Bank. Michael graduated from University of Vermont and he received his CFA designation in 2001.

Odell Lambroza

Principal, Portfolio Manager

Advent Capital Management, LLC

Odell joined Advent in 2001 and is a portfolio manager of the Global Opportunity strategies including Transamerica Event Driven. Odell also serves as Advent’s Chief Investment Strategist and is responsible for guiding the firm’s investment agenda across all products. Prior to joining Advent, Odell was Head of Convertibles and Equity Derivatives at Société Générale and previously managed the convertible sales and trading departments at HSBC Securities and Bankers Trust. Odell began his career in the Convertible Securities Department at Merrill Lynch where he served as Vice-President of Convertible Trading, Structured Equity Derivative Products and Asset Swaps. Odell is a graduate of Cornell University and has over 30 years of investment, trading and management experience.

Christian McCormick

Senior ESG Product Specialist

Allianz Global Investors

Mr. McCormick, CFA, is senior ESG product specialist and a director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2015. His is a senior product specialist for the firm’s Best Styles strategies in the US and Canada; Mr. McCormick also has product-specialist responsibilities in the US for the firm’s Europe-based equity strategies. He has 18 years of investment-industry experience. Mr. McCormick has a B.A. from Principia College.

Melissa Reagen

Head of Research, Americas

TH Real Estate

With 12 years of experience, Melissa leads a team of research and strategy professionals focused on the US direct real estate market. Collaborating closely with our Global Head of Research, Melissa’s deep US expertise contributes to our market-leading research capabilities, which inform all investment decisions. Melissa is a member of the Americas Investment Committee, as well as the Global R&D team, which identifies global, regional and structural trends, ensuring our research feeds into every stage of the investment process as well as product development.
Prior to joining TH Real Estate in 2017, Melissa was with MetLife Investment Management where she oversaw all research and strategy related activities with a focus on real estate. Previously, she was with Aberdeen Asset Management where she created its Americas research platform.
Melissa has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago. She serves as the Chair of the National Council Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries research committee and is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council research committee and the International Council Shopping Centres North American research task force. Melissa is also active in the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers and Pension Real Estate Association.

Steve Forbes

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief

Forbes Media

The Forbes brand today reaches more than 117 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 38 licensed local editions around the globe,, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms.  Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, education, financial services and brand licensing

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Mr. Forbes’ recent book: Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional), came out in December, 2015.

His other books include Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional); Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, August 2012); How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today…and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009). He also wrote: Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

In 1985, President Reagan names Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.

Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970.

Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.

Moderator: Matt Schifrin

Vice President & Managing Editor

Forbes Media

Matthew Schifrin is vice president and managing editor at Forbes Media, LLC and Forbes newsletters. He oversees money, investing, markets and personal finance content in Forbes magazine and on, including its Intelligent Investing video show and Financial Advisor Network. Mr. Schifrin also manages Forbes Newsletter Group and Forbes iConferences, and was the founding editor of Forbes Best of the Web. As an investigative reporter, his articles have been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine dozens of times. Mr. Schifrin has won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers, “Best In Business” award and has been a finalist for an American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award. He is a frequent speaker at investor conferences and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. Mr. Schifrin's is also author of The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You've Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2011.

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