China, COVID-19, And Black Friday: The Latest on the E-Commerce Opportunity

Thursday, November 18, 2021

2:00 PM EST | 11:00 AM PST

60 minutes

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What is the outlook for e-commerce as we enter the holiday shopping season? Are regulations from China and the continuation of COVID-19 roadblocks to growth or creating attractive opportunities?

Join ProShares and Advisor Perspectives for a timely and important webcast discussing:

  • How Chinese regulations have impacted e-commerce stocks
  • The dynamics of pent-up consumer demand and the ongoing pandemic
  • Spending predictions for Black Friday and holiday shopping
  • Why investors should consider adding e-commerce to their portfolio


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Simeon Hyman, CFA
Head of Investment Strategy, Global Investment Strategist

Simeon Hyman joined ProShares in 2013 as Head of Investment Strategy. Mr. Hyman leads ProShares’ team of investment professionals engaged in portfolio analysis, product research and development, education and the delivery of investment strategies using the company’s ETFs. He and his team are also responsible for the development and publication of research, white papers and other content to present ProShares as a leader in the ETF industry.

Prior to ProShares, Mr. Hyman spent several years at Bloomberg where he was Chief Investment Officer for Bloomberg’s technology-driven wealth management business, BloombergBlack. He also served as Chairman of the Investment Committee and led the team of investment professionals tasked with the continuous delivery of investment advice, research content, and strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance. Before joining Bloomberg, Mr. Hyman was Head of Investment Strategy and Due Diligence for UBS. There, he established asset allocationand investment strategies for the $300 billion UBS U.S. Wealth Management business and directed due diligence for the $50 billion separately managed account business. Prior to UBS, Mr. Hyman served as the Chief Investment Officer of Lehman Brothers Trust Company.

Mr. Hyman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 FINRA registrations and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Scott Helfstein PhD
Executive Director, Thematic Investing

Scott Helfstein, PhD, joined ProShares and ProFunds as Executive Director, Thematic Investing in 2020. He is responsible for product development, investment research, business strategy, and external engagement for the company’s expanding lineup of thematic ETFs. His work focuses on innovation and the evolving trends at the intersection of technological, economic and social disruption.

Prior to joining ProShares, Scott was Head of Thematic Portfolios and Co-Head of Market Research and Strategy at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, launching the firm’s thematic research and portfolios and managing a team that provided global multi-asset investment advice. Scott earlier served as Senior Investment Strategist and Deputy to the Chief Market Strategist at BNY Mellon Investment Management, responsible for global macro, relative value, and political analysis. He also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston.

A leader outside of the financial industry as well, Scott is associated with the Business and National Security Program at Fordham’s Center for National Security, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at Auburn University, and was Adjunct Scholar at the Modern War Institute at West Point. He served as the Director of Research at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at the United States Military Academy from 2008 to 2014. He has taught at numerous institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and National Defense University, and published in venues such as Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg, and International Finance.

Scott holds a joint doctorate in public policy and political science from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College, London, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York and was a term/corporate member in the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Brandon Riker
Senior Product Manager

Brandon Riker joined ProShares in 2019 and currently serves as a Senior Manager, Product in the company’s Strategy department. Mr. Riker’s responsibilities include product management and new product development efforts for a number of the company’s strategic ETFs designed for longer-term investors. Prior to ProShares, he served as Executive Director of Strategy for Teucrium Trading. Before joining Teucrium, Mr. Riker worked for the presidential campaign of President Obama, and he worked for Senators Tester of Montana and Begich of Alaska. Mr. Riker earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington College, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors and Governors. He also earned a master’s of science in empires, colonialism and globalisation from the London School of Economics, and he holds Series 3, 7, 24, 30, 63 FINRA registrations.

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Robert Huebscher
CEO and Founder
Advisor Perspectives

Robert Huebscher is the founder and CEO of Advisor Perspectives and serves as its editor-in-chief. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has written extensively on topics including investment management, portfolio construction, financial planning and global economics.