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Since our first ETF Invest conference in 2010, the exchange-traded fund industry has gone from less than $1 trillion in assets to $1.5 trillion, and a slew of new products has expanded the space from plain-vanilla index funds into more exotic areas.
But how can advisors navigate this increasingly complex landscape to build better portfolios and position their clients in today's uncertain market?
This year's conference, held Oct. 2-4 in Chicago, shed some light on ETF investors' best practices today, including panel discussions about new strategies for finding income, investing in emerging-markets funds, practical implications from the current macroeconomic landscape, the outlook for gold, and the basics behind factor investing.
Keynote speakers included the University of Chicago's Austan Goolsbee, Vanguard's Joe Davis, Research Affiliates' Rob Arnott, and PIMCO's Douglas Hodge.
For those who couldn't attend this year's event, Morningstar offered on-the-spot coverage and commentary, including analyst blogs on conference sessions and video interviews with the keynote presenters:
5 Takeaways From the ETF Invest Conference
Panelists assess the government shutdown, the Fed's next move, prospects for emerging markets, the odds for inflation, and the future for U.S. growth.
Key Themes for the 2013 Morningstar ETF Invest Conference
Emerging-markets exposure, actively managed portfolios, and the search for income, particularly with bank-loan funds, all will be hot topics at this year's conference, says Morningstar's Ben Johnson.
Morningstar Announces 2013 Awards for Best U.S. ETFs and ETF Providers
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