Two ETF Panels at NYC QWAFAFEW Night, May 23: Purview Investments' Linda Zhang, moderated a panel on "How ETFs Bring New Life to Quantitative Investing"; Toroso's CIO Michael Venuto on TETF Index.

Panel 1: How ETFs Bring New Life to Quant Investing

The growth of ETFs is rapidly changing the landscape of the asset management industry.  For two years in a row, ETFs have brought in record net inflows, while mutual funds experienced substantial net outflows.  Since ETFs are often rules-based, this has helped shift the power struggle from fundamental analysis to quantitative approaches to investing in the industry.  Linda assembled three ETF industry veterans to discuss how the growth of ETFs has brought back new life to quant investing at the sold-out NYC QWAFAFEW event.  The distinguished guest speakers included:  

Joanne Hill, Proshares; Dave Nadig, CEO,; Sebastian Mercado, Deutsche Bank

The panel addressed four broad issues: the state of the quant ETFs, the blessings, the limitations and finally, the business and career opportunities.  The last point was particular pertinent to the audience - what does it mean for the traditional asset management firms' future businesses and the career choices for the quant talents on the traditional buy and sell sides.  


Panel 2: TETF Index: An Efficient Way to Gain Access To ETF Industry

Michael Venuto, Toroso Investments' CIO, on the efficient way to experience the growth of the entire ETF ecosytem that goes much beyond ETF issuers.