To celebrate the pending Exchange conference, VettaFi and some key industry partners were at the Nasdaq MarketSite to help ring the opening bell last week. Exchange will be the industry’s largest ETF-, and most valuable advisor-focused, conference. It kicks off on February 11 in Miami. VettaFi anticipates there will be close to 2,000 people on site. We will have more advisors than last year. They will be coming to learn from each other and industry experts.
We previously covered some of the panels at Exchange that caught this ETF nerd’s eye and some compelling sessions geared to support advisor best practices. However, when you review the agenda for the event, you will see lots of time built in for the community to network. This is intentional, as we heard from advisors that they don’t want to feel rushed to attend sessions. They want in-person opportunities to connect with one another and asset managers. Advisors are not alone in seeking time to engage in Miami in February.
The ETF Community Is Small, But Well-Connected
The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace based on ETF asset growth and product development. Each year at Exchange, there is a growing number of recent entrants looking to educate the community about their capabilities. Indeed, we have more than 100 industry partners. In many cases, the leaders of these relatively new teams have extensive ETF experience.
I was reminded of this at last week’s Nasdaq Bell Ringing event. One of my VettaFi colleagues, Sebastian Jakob, was reunited with his former iShares colleague Allyson Wallace
Wallace is now the global head of ETF capital markets at Morgan Stanley. The issuer is behind the Parametric Equity Premium Income ETF (PAPI).