ETF Trends Disruptive ETF Virtual Summit - October 18, 2018
Disruptive Technologies


Robotics and automation, energy storage technology, modern infrastructure, genomic sequencing and 3D printing are just a few of the ways new products and services are being brought to market.

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Environmental, Social and Governance investing is revolutionizing modern portfolio allocation. Today’s socially responsible investing not only highlights the values of clients but can also bring superior performance.

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Blockchain’s decentralized database structure and digital ledger format is quickly becoming the new way today’s most innovative companies are growing their businesses. Blockchain is also the backbone technology that powers cryptocurrencies.

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Online Retail


As the decline of brick-and-mortar stories continues to make headlines, online retail growth around the globe is booming – and it’s not only giant online U.S. retailers like Amazon.

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Bitcoin & Ethereum are among the growing list of cryptocurrencies that represent money in digital form. Unlike banks and online services, they're decentralized, with no single governing body overseeing and verifying transactions.

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Bringing together thousands of financial advisors in a renowned, cutting edge virtual setting, the Disruptive ETF Virtual Summit will:

  • Address pressing ETF issues, opinions, and investing strategies
  • Connect peers without the burdens of cost and traveling
  • Discuss distinctive offerings and exchange ideas


10:00 – 11:00am ET
Robotics, AI, & Automation

Disruptive technologies are changing the way new products and services are being brought to market, which is already being seen in the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. As the number of companies that focus on highly advanced computer integration grows, so does the number of targeted ETF strategies that have been designed to capture the best growth opportunities.

  • Why there is no slowing down the billion dollar disruptive segment
  • Identifying rapid changes and growth opportunities around the world
  • Applying disruptive themes in portfolios using ETFs
11:00 – 12:00pm ET

Within the ETF industry is an evolving segment that's gaining plenty of traction: ESG investing, also known as Environmental, Social and Governance investing. ESG investing targets investors who are guided by various principles when it comes to investing in companies that seek to do social good.

  • What's driving ESG investing growth
  • ESG strategies that exclude controversial companies
  • The biggest ESG trends and opportunities ahead in 2018
12:00 – 1:00pm ET

Blockchain has been one of the biggest investing buzzwords of 2018, but many investors do not fully understand the concept and its future potential. Blockchain technology was originally developed as an accounting method for bitcoin, but its decentralized database concept has evolved into everyday mainstream use. Now investors can access a number of ETFs for convenient exposure to companies and applications actively involved in this growing ecosystem.

  • Learn about the evolution of blockchain and how it works
  • How blockchain is paving the path for significant disruptions across many industries
  • How to position blockchain strategies in an investment portfolio
1:00 - 2:00pm ET
Online Retail vs Big Box

As the decline of brick-and-mortar stores continues to make headlines, online retail growth is booming -and it’s not only giant online U.S. retailers like Amazon that are getting in on the action. Consumer spending is now happening online more than ever before as traditional retailers continue to close stores and declare bankruptcy at a rapid rate. With the change in spending habits comes plenty of opportunity for investors who are tapped into the best investment strategies to play this ongoing trend in the market.

  • An analysis of consumer spending and changing habits
  • The biggest online retail opportunities in the U.S. and abroad
  • ETF plays that bet against brick-and-mortar stores
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple are among the growing list of cryptocurrencies that have received mainstream media attention during the past 12 months. As the SEC looks to regulate the cryptocurrency industry, extreme volatility has continued in the space, leaving most advisors uncertain on whether to invest or not.

  • The SEC's current stance on bitcoin, cryptocurrencies
  • What cryptocurrency allocations, if any, should you allocate in a portfolio?
  • Will bitcoin and cryptocurrency ETFs ever make it market


Deutsche Asset Management
Portfolio ETFs
USFC Investments
ROBO Global
JP Morgan
Davis ETFs
Reality Shares
State Street
iShares by Blackrock