Navigating Asset Allocation with Precision – Northern Trust Asset Management – 6.4.18


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As advisors, your job is not getting any easier. Markets are volatile, the regulatory environment is strengthening, and client investment journeys are increasingly complex. But while new challenges mount, the need to deliver better investment outcomes will always remain.

You will learn to:

  • Leverage multi-asset class solutions to strengthen client portfolios
  • Create scale in your practice and minimize fiduciary risk
  • Apply a strategic and tactical approach to asset allocation

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Daniel Phillips, CFA
Director of Asset Allocation Strategy
Northern Trust Asset Management

Daniel J. Phillips, CFA, is director of asset allocation strategy at Northern Trust Asset Management. He is also an Investment Policy Committee Member and Portfolio Manager for Northern Trust multi-asset class products and strategies, including the Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund.

As Director of Asset Allocation Strategy, Daniel is responsible for overseeing the firm’s asset allocation process and communicating the firm’s opinions to clients. These responsibilities include participation on the Capital Market Assumptions Working Group that produces Northern Trust’s Five Year Capital Market Outlook. Published annually, the whitepaper provides a long-term forecast for economic activity and financial market returns for asset classes and economies across the globe.

As a member of Northern Trust’s Investment Policy Committee, Daniel is part of a team of experts across various disciplines and geographic locales that produces long-term asset class forecasts, as well as sets tactical and strategic portfolio allocations and recommendations.

As a Portfolio Manager, Daniel is responsible for the management of Northern Trust multi-asset class strategies. He monitors the asset allocation framework to ensure the allocations are aligned with the firm’s evolving investment views and changing market and economic conditions.

Daniel received his BBA in finance and economics from the University of Iowa and his MBA in finance, economics, and international business from the University of Chicago. He is an active CFA® charterholder.

Melinda Mecca
Director of Investment Solutions
Northern Trust Asset Management

Melinda Mecca is director of investment solutions at Northern Trust Asset Management. The firm serves some of the world’s most-sophisticated investing clients – from sovereign wealth funds, pension plan sponsors and financial intermediaries to wealthy families and individuals – and the advisors who serve them.

Melinda leads the firm’s investment solutions activities, including the design and delivery of research-driven, risk-managed, multi-asset class model and custom portfolios. Her team employs a consultative approach to portfolio construction and fulfillment, supporting the development of holistic, outcome-oriented solutions that are tailored to meet diverse client needs. Previously, Melinda served as head of managed accounts, where she was responsible for the delivery of investment solutions and portfolio construction expertise to wealth management and financial intermediary clients.

Melinda began her career at an independent asset management firm where she served in multiple capacities over the course of several years, including director of marketing and chief operating officer. She joined Northern Trust in 2000 when the firm acquired the assets of Carl Domino Associates, LP, where she served as a partner and member of the senior leadership team. Melinda is a member of the Northern Trust Asset Management Operating Group and serves on the Board of Managers for 50 South Capital, LLC.

Bill Thomas
National Sales Manager for Mutual Funds and Separately Managed Accounts
Northern Trust Asset Management

Bill Thomas is the national sales manager for mutual funds and separately managed accounts. He is responsible for growing Northern Trust’s presence in the intermediary market. He does this by developing the sales team through motivation, mentoring and product knowledge and skills development.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2014, Bill was the head of distribution for DSC Quantitative Group overseeing all sales- and marketing-related activities of the firm’s operations. From November 2011 to July 2013 he was CEO, head of sales for SIP America, a distributor of structured investments to the retail and institutional markets. At SIP America he was responsible for all aspects of the firm including sales, marketing, product build-out and development. Before joining SIP America, Bill was managing director, national sales manager at Allianz Global Investors and in addition, served on the executive committee and global product committee responsible for firm strategy and product development. At Allianz, he oversaw the internal and external sales efforts that led to increases in annualized sales from $9 billion to more than $60 billion in sales. Bill also worked as a divisional sales manager for Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO Funds. Bill began his career at Thomson McKinnon Securities as a financial advisor.

Bill graduated with a B.S. degree from Michigan State University and served on the Board of Governors of the Money Management Institute. Bill currently holds the FINRA series 7, 63, 65, and 24 securities licenses.


Title: Navigating Asset Allocation with Precision
Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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