Speaker Presentations | October 25 – 27, 2019

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“Is It Time to Buy or Bail?”
Sam Stovall
Chief Investment Strategist, CFRA Research

Using history as a guide, assisted by economic projections and fundamental forecasts, how will the equity markets likely perform in 2020? What’s more, which investment strategies should deliver outsized returns?

“Federal Reserve Policy and Asset Returns”
Robert Johnson, Ph.D., CFA
CEO, Chairman, Economic Index Associates

As the author of “Invest With the Fed and Strategic Value Investing,” Johnson addresses investing in different interest rate environments. Based on nearly 30 years of published research, he demonstrates which asset classes and sectors have prospered and which have languished when rates have risen and fallen. He shows you how to maximize your long-term returns and reduce your risk in alternative interest rate environments.

“Investing at the Intersect of Value, Momentum and Quality”
Charles Rotblut
Vice President, AAII; Editor, AAII Journal

As investors, we want stocks with more potential upside than downside. AAII Journal editor Charles Rotblut unveils the VMQ Stocks strategy for finding such stocks. The strategy combines three key characteristics associated with higher returns. He explains the logic behind it, including the academic research and the changes in the investment industry that helped lead to this new approach. Plus, see the current list of stocks meeting the VMQ screen, as well as exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that follow similar types of strategies.

“The Value of Dividends”
John Buckingham
CIO, AFAM Capital

In this presentation, John Buckingham covers what the historical evidence shows about dividend-payers in terms of long-term total returns, income competitiveness and performance in rising interest rate environments. Buckingham also addresses why sensationalistic press can be detrimental to your financial health and reviews his current undervalued yield-focused stock picks.

“Best Ideas for Growth and Income”
Matt Schifrin
Panel Moderator, Managing Editor–Money & Markets, Forbes Media

Now more than ever, investors need sound advice to navigate turbulent markets and a myriad of new choices and investment vehicles. Forbes editors weigh in with their best advice, and ideas, for income and growth over the next 12 months. Panelists include John Buckingham, Editor of The Prudent Speculator and John Dobosz, Editor of Forbes Dividend Investor and Premium Income Report.

“AAII Shadow Stock Portfolio: From Theory to Practical Application”
Wayne Thorp
Senior Financial Analyst, AAII

Wayne Thorp discusses AAII’s popular Model Shadow Stock Portfolio. Learn the theory behind it, what makes it tick and how to go about building your own version of AAII’s Model Shadow Stock Portfolio of small-cap value stocks.

“Investing Strategies & Technical Analysis: Learning the Strategies”
Raymond Rondeau
Senior Technical Analyst, AAII

Long-term successful investors have a plan and the discipline to follow it. A major component of a successful plan is the effectiveness of its strategies. In this presentation, Raymond Rondeau covers a few of the featured strategies that are soon to be released in AAII’s Investing Strategies & Technical Analysis video series. Strategy-related coverage areas include: strategy reasoning, methodology and interpretation, how to set them up (online for free), extensive performance statistics, guidance on monitoring the signals and where, when and how to transact.

“The Ins and Outs of Investing With ETFs”
Ben Johnson
Director of Global ETF Research, Morningstar

In this session, Ben Johnson shows how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are an efficient means of accessing countless corners of global markets. He also discusses this investment wrapper and how to put ETFs to best use in your portfolio.

“Political Cycles and Stock Returns”
Lubos Pastor
Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance, University of Chicago

How do stocks perform under Democratic versus Republican presidents, and why? Pastor reveals facts about stock market returns under different administrations and shows where the historical patterns come from.

“6 Retirement Blind Spots and How to Fix Them”
Christine Benz
Director of Personal Finance, Morningstar

Even the best-laid retirement plans can harbor hidden risks, including longevity risk, sequence-of-return risk and underspending. Morningstar’s Christine Benz outlines how to safeguard your portfolio and your plan against these risk factors. She also shares her favorite in-retirement mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and discusses her model bucket portfolios geared toward retirees.

“Non-Consensus Investing: Active Versus Passive”
Rupal Bhansali
CIO, Portfolio Manager, Ariel Investments

Lately, active investing has disappointed and become discredited. In this session, Rupal Bhansali discusses how the headline drumbeat of active investing’s underperformance versus passive investing is misleading. She sheds light on the potential demerits of passive investing to provide a contrarian take on an increasingly one-sided glowing narrative on its merits. Finally, through a series of case studies, Bhansali shows how active investing can generate alpha.

“Factor Investing: Simple, but Not Easy”
Wesley Gray
CEO, Alpha Architect

Wesley Gray describes factor investing and explores the question of why factors work in the first place. He digs into factor portfolio construction and techniques to manage investor behavior.

“The Intersection of ESG and Index Investing”
Lorne Abramson
Principal, ELM Advisors

It is getting easier for investors to incorporate their personal values into their portfolios and to do so in a diversified, low-cost and tax-efficient manner. In this session, Lorne Abramson reviews the history of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

“How to Time Your Buys & Sells and Master Risk Management”
Ralph Acampora
Director of Technical Research, Altaira Ltd.

The study of supply and demand is applicable to not only the buying and selling stocks but is very helpful with commodities, fixed income, foreign markets and currencies.

“The Biggest Mistakes Many Investors Make & What to Do About Them”
Mebane Faber
CIO, Cambria Investment Management

Management anchoring the projected returns on your portfolio over the next five to 10 years to the long-term U.S. equity average of 8% to 10% may be a mistake. Making assumptions about U.S. bond yields, dividend yields, earnings yields and growth may not add up. Mebane Faber shows you how to adjust your expectations, expand your investment set and apply a few tactical strategies to help ensure success with your portfolio over the coming decade.

“Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad”
Julie Jason
President and Founder, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc.

Do you have a portfolio organized to meet your specific needs? Or do you have a random collection of investments, accounts and advisers that you’ve acquired over time? In this presentation, Julie Jason highlights key personal portfolio management techniques and insights that will help you gain control over your results, along with a better sense of how to deal with the uncertainty that we all face as investors, especially during challenging economic times.

“Money $marts”
Jonathan Pond
Founder, SmartPlanner.com

No matter how the economy and investment markets are faring, there are always sensible and attractive opportunities to make the most of your money. Jonathan Pond presents his observations and suggestions for thriving financially throughout your life. He also discusses a variety of important financial matters, including planning for a financially comfortable retirement and thriving throughout your retirement years, teaching your children and grandchildren about financial responsibility so they won’t have to move back in with you in your dotage and planning your estate for the here and now as well as the hereafter.

“Generate Superior Equity Returns & Income With Dividends and Options”
John Dobosz
Editor, Forbes Dividend Investor & Forbes Premium Income Report

John Dobosz discusses his approach to generating equity income by investing in undervalued dividend stocks and selling options for additional income. Dobosz looks for dividend stocks trading at discounts to historical valuations on multiples of price to sales, earnings, cash flow, book value and enterprise value to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). His approach requires companies to have positive operating cash flow over the past 12 months, with dividends covered comfortably by cash flow. Finally, when selling options, Dobosz targets theoretical annualized returns of at least 15%.

“How to Analyze Dividend Stocks”
Derek Hageman
Financial Analyst, AAII; Editor, Dividend Investing

Derek Hageman, former buy-side equity analyst and private equity investor and current manager of AAII’s Dividend Investing (DI) portfolio, will highlight how dividend-paying stocks can satisfy investors’ need for current income and capital growth. He will also discuss how over the long term, dividend growth strategies have proven to outperform their no-growth or high-yield counterparts. He will share some the current holdings in the DI portfolio that he is most excited about based on their growth trends, financial strength and valuation.

“The Financial Independence/Retire Early (FIRE) Movement and My Journey to Early Retirement”
Tanja Hester
Author, Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way

The financial independence/retire early (FIRE) movement has been getting a lot of media attention in the last year. What is it? How are people retiring confidently in their 30s and 40s? What are the potential pitfalls you need to know? “Work Optional” author Tanja Hester answers all of these questions, as well as shares her own journey to early retirement at age 38.

“Estate Planning 101: Back to Basics”
John Horn & Dera Johnsen-Tracy
Co-Founder, Shareholders and Attorneys, Horn & Johnsen SC

Dera Johnsen-Tracy and John Horn go “back to the basics” of estate planning. They cover wills, revocable and irrevocable living trusts, financial powers of attorney, health care essentials, marital property agreements, beneficiary designations, funeral planning, transfers on death and how to make sure all the pieces of your plan fit together to accomplish your estate planning objectives. They also discuss death probate and living probate (also known as guardianship) and how to avoid them.

“Two Funds for Life: The Simple Solution for Young and Old Investors”
Paul Merriman
President, The Merriman Financial Education Foundation

Chris Pedersen
Financial Analyst & Writer, The Merriman Financial Education Foundation

Investing has never been simpler with target date funds, index funds and robo-investing taking most of the guesswork out of the process. As simple as investing has become, there are still a handful of decisions that can add millions of dollars over a lifetime. Paul Merriman and Chris Pedersen discuss Merriman’s top $12 million decisions. They believe first-time and experienced investors alike can be encouraged to think through these forks in the road and make the best choices. Making sure an investor takes advantage of all $12 million decisions, they show how to manage a portfolio with no more than two funds.

“The Indolent Investor: Managing Long-Term Decisions in a Sea of Short-Term Noise”
David Snowball
Publisher, Mutual Fund Observer

It is a truism that we live in an ever more connected world. CNN, launched in 1980, ushered in the era of endless news and yammer. The worldwide web, made public in 1991, democratized yammer. And the iPhone, launched in 2007, guaranteed that yammer was never more than a moment away from us. An industry grew up around these technologies, a virtual distraction complex, which challenges our ability to make any long-term decisions in a short-term world. David Snowball talks about the evolution of the distraction complex, the challenges it poses for our decision-making as investors and as adults and offers practical suggestions for minimizing its effects.

“Investing in Cryptoassets”
Jack Tatar
Managing Partner & Author, Doyle Capital Management

With all of the discussion around bitcoin, many investors wonder if it and other cryptoassets belong in their investment portfolio. Are they investments? How should they be classified in a portfolio? What are the ways that someone can invest in them? For beginners and those already trading crypto, Jack Tatar tells you how you can participate in this investment opportunity as an investor, not as a Vegas gambler.

“How to Make Money and Avoid Mistakes Using Behavioral Finance Insights”
Jason Voss
CEO, Active Investment Management (AIM) Consulting, LLC

Behavioral finance has remained a diagnosis (you are biased) for its 50-year history, but has lacked a prescription. However, it is possible to make money and avoid mistakes using behavioral finance. Jason Voss shares many of the key insights and methods for ace investors.

“Tax-Efficient Withdrawal Strategies”
Roger Young
VP and Senior Financial Planner, T. Rowe Price

Retirees with assets in different types of accounts (tax-deferred, taxable and Roth) can take advantage of those accounts’ tax characteristics when setting up a withdrawal plan. Roger Young shows how a tax-efficient withdrawal strategy can extend the life of your portfolio and preserve assets for your heirs.

Keynote Speaker
“Economic & Financial Market Outlook”
James Paulsen
Chief Investment Strategist, The Leuthold Group

Jim Paulsen examines and provides outlooks for the economic recovery, inflation, the bond market, the U.S. dollar, commodities and the stock market. Plus, he discusses why and how the “Policy Cavalry” (Federal Reserve, lower yields, increase in money supply) has set things up to help investors and how what is happening today will impact the markets for the better.

Keynote Speaker
James O’Shaughnessy
Author, What Works on Wall Street
O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC

Presentation description will be made available shortly.

Plus more Speakers to be Announced!

Exhibitor Workshops

Aflac’s Strategy and Outlook for 2019
Daniel Bellware, Aflac

The Aflac (NYSE: AFL) presentation provides the company’s strategy for the U.S. and Japanese insurance markets. It will also include the most recent year-to-date financial results as well as the company’s outlook for 2019.

Economic Factors That Drive the Price of Gold and Silver
Dana Samuelson, American Gold Exchange, Inc.

Gold is a natural counter balance or hedge to traditional paper assets. Dana Samuelson explores what drives the gold price and why and explains how gold acts as an insurance policy for the rest of your money.

The Buffett and Beyond Stock Selection Methodology
Joseph Belmonte, Buffett and Beyond Research

Joseph Belmonte discusses his 12 years of doctoral dissertation research and the subsequent 18 years of actual portfolio implementation. Clean surplus accounting allows changing two numbers in Warren Buffett’s filtering method in order to create a superior stock selection method. This session will cover the theory and the practical application of the stock selection method that beat the S&P market averages over the past 18 years without taking on more than market risk. You will learn how to structure your own superior-performing portfolios using this time-tested technique.

Profit in Bull/Bear/Sideways Markets Using Options
Jacob Mintz, Cabot Wealth Network

Investing with options is not complex or risky and should be a part of every investor’s trading repertoire. Jacob Mintz highlights how options are a great tool to make big profits in bull markets, provide solid yields in sideways markets and protect you in bear markets. He explains calls, puts, buy-writes, advanced options strategies and what you need to know to trade them using real world examples.

Two Leading Indicators That Predict Recessions and How to Earn Yield in a Low-Yield World
Nicholas Atkeson, Delta Investment Management

Nick Atkeson identifies simple, robust quantitative measures that indicate when risk is elevated and equity exposures should be reduced. He also shows how to earn tax-deferred/free income in a low-income world.

Making the Most of FINRA’s Fund Analyzer
Pete Chandler, FINRA

Learn to be an “uber” user of one of the most powerful tools available to investors. FINRA’s Fund Analyzer lets you sort through and compare fees and expenses of more than 30,000 mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, exchange-traded notes and money market funds. You’ll see the tool in action and learn how it can help you make informed decisions about fund investing. This is a must-see session for chapter leadership and individuals alike.

2020 Investment Strategies: Using Absolute Return Investments for the Challenging Decade Ahead
David Johnson, Global Capital Group

The next decade may be more challenging than the 2010s, which were defined by a long and strong bull market. As a matter of fact, Warren Buffett has predicted negative real average annual S&P 500 index returns until 2029. Using absolute return strategies, investors can attempt to capture gains regardless of a weak or failing stock market. Professionally managed and regulated absolute return strategies use worldwide markets uncorrelated to the stock market, have tax advantages and are suitable for all types of accounts, including IRAs. The Yale Endowment, which consistently outperforms its peers and is the second-largest endowment in the U.S., utilizes absolute return strategies as the foundation of their performance while they have very little reliance on domestic stocks. This session will explain why they attribute their outstanding performance to this asset class and how to use this information to increase returns and reduce risk in your own portfolio.

Using Technology to Produce Alpha With Beta
Randall Tate, Iflip invest

With the risk involved in the assets under management business model, it’s more essential than ever for the investor to learn how to properly leverage financial technology. Randall Tate explains how the FLIP software creates superior risk-adjusted returns automatically by using beta to capture alpha. He discusses what beta is and why it’s important to use its characteristics to execute superior alpha strategy.

Generating Superior Returns From Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks
Doug Gerlach, Investor Advisory Service & SmallCap Informer

Douglas Gerlach reviews the commonsense fundamental methods used by the SmallCap Informer and Investor Advisory Service to select small- and mid-cap stocks most likely to outperform the market, which helped put the Investor Advisory Service newsletter on the Hulbert Newsletter Honor Roll for nine straight years. He covers how these stocks offer a combination of capital appreciation, dividends and potential undervaluation purchasing opportunities. He also suggests several top picks for 2020 and beyond.

Leaderboard: IBD’s List of Leading Growth Stocks
Jonathan Howard, Investor’s Business Daily

IBD’s Leaderboard identifies top-performing growth stocks and gives you technical and fundamental analysis on each stock. Each day, IBD’s experts provide a short list of top stocks that have the potential to make huge price gains. Our experts then annotate the charts and pinpoint the optimal time to buy and when to take profits. In this session, Jonathan Howard covers how this approach outperformed the S&P 500 index and shows you stocks currently in buy range.

Discover the Power of the MTM S.M.A.R.T. Income System

Dan Passarelli, Market Taker Mentoring

Learn how you can outperform your current investing results while lowering your risk using the five simple steps of the MTM S.M.A.R.T. Income System, which makes trading covered calls easy, stress-free and a valuable addition to your current investment strategy. Dan Passarelli shows how to easily identify top trade candidates, the nine keys to setting up the strongest covered call candidates, how to grow your account faster and with less risk and how to avoid common mistakes that even some pros make.

The Power of Consistency

Chris Barry, National Retail Properties

Learn about National Retail Properties (NYSE: NNN) REIT and its consistent focus on single-tenant retail properties; its consistency of people and culture; how it consistently increases the annual dividend for 29 consecutive years; and about its consistent conservative balance sheet management. Chris Barry describes how, with disciplined and consistent execution, National Retail Properties has delivered higher total shareholder return averages than the major market and REIT indexes over five-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 25-year periods.

A BASIC Understanding of Due Diligence

Christie Hillsman, NFA

This session provides attendees with an overview of the NFA’s role, how the NFA protects investors and the integrity of the markets and how to navigate NFA’s BASIC system to conduct due diligence on firms and individuals doing business in the derivatives industry.

Getting Started With Options: A Beginner’s Guide
Mark Benzaquen, Options Industry Council (OIC)

If you’ve wondered whether options might have a place in your portfolio, but you weren’t sure where to begin, The Options Industry Council has just the event for you. Join Mark Benzaquen as he provides an easy-to-follow tutorial on the basics of options. You learn about the reasons that options are used in the markets and what an investor should know before buying or selling.

Build a Systematic Investment Strategy That Really Works
Paul DeMartino, Portfolio123

Learn how to make your investing ideas actionable with Portfolio123. You learn how to convert a strategy into rules using the Portfolio123 toolbox, including universe selection, multi-factor ranking and point-in-time fundamentals; how to run what-if scenarios to test what past performance would have been; and finally how to translate the tested strategy into automatic buy-and-sell signals that are sent directly to a brokerage account. Also, hear from a real-life Porfolio123 user who in a few years tripled his accounts using small-cap strategies

Leveraging Momentum to Build High-Alpha Portfolios

Ajit Paranjpe, Prima Innotech, LLC

Alpha represents the risk-adjusted excess return of a portfolio over a benchmark. Ajit Paranjpe examines the risk and reward characteristics of various strategies, including buy-and-hold, momentum and option-based strategies. Finally, the optimal combination of momentum-based strategies to build high-alpha portfolios suitable for individual investors and their performance during the most recent downturn will be discussed.

The Role of Utility Stocks in a Diversified Portfolio

Rowland Wilhelm, Reaves Asset Management

The experts at Reaves Asset Management provide an update on the fundamentals of the utility industry and the ways in which exposure to this industry sector can increase the current yield and lower the overall volatility of an investor’s portfolio.

Building Wealth for a Generation

Ian Selig, Safehold

Safehold Inc. (SAFE) is revolutionizing real estate ownership by providing a new and better way for owners to unlock the value of the land beneath their buildings. Through its modern ground lease capital solution, Safehold helps owners of high-quality multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use properties in major markets throughout the U.S. generate higher returns with less risk. The company is managed by its largest shareholder, iStar Inc., and seeks to deliver safe, growing income and long-term capital appreciation to its shareholders.

Surviving the Next Bear Market in Retirement
Scott Juds, SumGrowth Strategies (SectorSurfer 1st Workshop)

Prior bear markets have ravaged the retirement savings and security of millions, and it’s likely that the bear will soon strike again. While classically balanced portfolios partly dilute losses by holding bonds, better than “risk dilution” is “risk avoidance.”  The key is to truly measure market safety, not simply market direction. A trifecta of internal market measures (trend, institutional volume and value sentiment) tells us what the “smart money” is thinking and when it’s no longer safe to be in the market.

A.I. Automates Finding Top ETFs: Go Have a Life!
Scott Juds, SumGrowth Strategies (SectorSurfer 2nd Workshop)

With more than 1,800 ETFs to choose from, the task of evaluating and selecting a set of worthy ETFs for your retirement portfolio is daunting. Fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) can now automate this complex process so you can go have a life. It evaluates and ranks ETFs monthly for their trend leadership and risk suitability characteristics. More importantly, it evaluates the safety of the equities market and automatically shifts to a defensive set of ETFs to prevent riding to the bottom of a bear market.

A Simple Strategy for Value Investing

James Boyd, TD Ameritrade (TD Ameritrade 1st Workshop)

When it comes to value investing, you might feel like you’re hunting for unicorns: fundamentally strong stocks at an attractive price. In this session, you learn the characteristics of value stocks that can help you find these diamonds in the rough. Plus, discover how to use a sophisticated new tool for estimating a value stock’s true intrinsic value.

Seeking Income With Dividend-Paying Stocks

Michael Kealy, TD Ameritrade (TD Ameritrade 2nd Workshop)

Discover the historical multiplier effect of dividends on long-term stock investments and how to potentially increase your portfolio income over time with high-quality dividend-paying stocks. Also find out the associated risks of dividend stocks.

Getting Started With Stock Options

Dr. Alan Ellman, The Blue Collar Investor Corp.

Stock options can be used in conservative ways for both achieving cash profits and protecting against investment losses. Alan Ellman focuses on two such strategies: covered call writing and the stock repair strategy. He begins with the basics of options, followed by descriptions with examples of these low-risk, high-benefit systems. Access to free resources including the Basic Ellman Calculator will be provided to all attendees.

International Value Investing

Ronald Kok, Valuespectrum.com

With investing over the border, you can increase your returns (more cheap stocks to find) and lower your total risks due to diversification. Learn how to outperform the already strong U.S. stock screeners by adding international stocks. Let the proven value, qualitative and quantitative strategies do all the work for you. Profit also with written calls and puts to reduce your risks. Learn as well why equal-weighted exchange-traded funds (ETFs) outperform most market-cap-weighted ETFs.

Detecting Market Reversals With the POWER of Artificial Intelligence

Daniel Santiago, VantagePoint (VantagePoint 1st Workshop)

Find out how to use the power of artificial intelligence to predict trends sooner in the market. Learn about intermarket analysis and how standard technical indicators can be improved using artificial intelligence.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Immediately Increase Your Profits

Daniel Santiago, VantagePoint (VantagePoint 2nd Workshop)

Join Daniel Santiago for this in-depth session, designed to bring you the latest intelligence available so you can identify and profit from the opportunities in today’s markets. The knowledge you gain by attending this session can help you make better investing or trading decisions tomorrow.