‘Inside ETFs’ Kicks Off Today In Florida


Inside ETFs , IndexUniverse's annual ETF conference began today and will feature various financial services industry luminaries. One of the country's leading advisors, Ric Edelman, kicked off the three-day event this morning with a practice management seminar on how he built his business using ETFs.

The conference will include various speakers, including Grant's Interest Rate Observer's Jim Grant, a critic of the Federal Reserve and proponent of a return to the gold standard. Grant, a respected voice in the world of macroeconomics and interest rates, will speak about the impact of ETFs on fixed-income markets at a time when many analysts are predicting that bond ETFs are likely to be the focus of the exchange-traded fund industry's next big growth spurt.

Inside ETFs, considered by many to be the "see-and-be-seen" ETF industry event of the year, takes place at a time when the ETF industry is in full bloom, boasting a record $1.4 trillion in U.S.-listed assets spread over some 1,400 funds. It is being held at the Westin Diplomat, in Hollywood, Fla., Sunday through Tuesday.

New product rollouts slowed in the past year and fund closures accelerated-two related trends suggesting the industry is now exhibiting a sustainable long-term growth pattern.

One trend that bears close watching is the inflows into equity ETFs that have been accompanied by outflows from equity mutual funds-a zero-sum game many say may one day spread to the world of bond investing as well.

As a point of reference, nearly three-quarter of all the money now invested in U.S.-listed ETFs is in equities, with a bit more than half of that figure focused on U.S. equities. Conversely, less than 20 percent of current ETF assets are invested in fixed-income strategies.

Work And Play

The three-day conference will include various panels, a live ETF trading workshop and keynote speeches that will touch on macroeconomic issues, the state of the industry and the future of China, among other things.

Other stars of the business world-if not the ETF world-attending include Twitter founder Biz Stone, who will deliver a keynote luncheon address on Monday-and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, who will deliver one on Tuesday, the last day of the three-day meeting.

The conference also comes as the first U.S. exchange-traded fund, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY), had its 20 th anniversary in January.

The fund's sponsor, State Street Global Advisors, is celebrating the occasion at the IndexUniverse conference, hosting a party on Monday evening that's scheduled to go on until the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

CNBC, which begins its covaerage Monday, is the exclusive broadcast partner of the 6th annual "Inside ETFs" conference. Be sure to also catch On-Air Stocks Editor Bob Pisani on Twitter (@BobPisani).

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