Guide To Industry Conferences: Asset Management

Chris Latham, Managing Editor, Wealth Solutions Report

Get The Essentials On The MMI Annual Conference, The Investments & Wealth Strategy Forum And The Morningstar Investment Conference

Not sure which of the seemingly endless wealth management industry conferences you should attend this year? That’s why WSR publishes our Guide To Industry Conferences!

We explain when and where the crucial events are scheduled to be held in 2023 and the first half of 2024, along with who attends and why they show up. Our latest entry in the series, on Asset Management, covers the MMI Annual Conference, the Investments & Wealth Strategy Forum and the Morningstar Investment Conference.

Although a wide array of asset management-focused conferences occur throughout the year across the U.S., in our view these three events stand out for their usefulness to financial advisors and wealth management firms in the independent space.

MMI Annual Conference

The New York-based Money Management Institute will host its 2023 MMI Annual Conference from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. The MMI Annual Conference gathers more than 600 senior executives from leading asset managers, sponsor firms and solutions providers. Attendance costs range from $1,970 to $2,520, depending on the time of registration, membership status and group size.

Craig Pfeiffer, President and CEO, MMI

This year’s scheduled speakers include Craig Pfeiffer, President and Chief Executive Officer of MMI; Beth Nardi, Head of Model Portfolio Distribution at J.P. Morgan Asset Management; Brian Partridge, Managing Director, Head of Investment Solutions Specialists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Russell Tipper, General Partner, Investment Advisory at Edward Jones; and David Chorba, Managing Director, National Sales Manager, Delaware Funds by Macquarie, Macquarie Asset Management.

Topics scheduled for the upcoming agenda include “Emerging Trends in Portfolio Management”; “Yield is Back (for now): Current Income Opportunities Outside of Equities and Ahead of a Fed Pause”; “Generation AI: Why Emergent Technology Will Remake the Way We Go to Market”; “Why Are We Still Asking How Alternative Investments Can Be More Integral to Client Portfolios?”; and “Debating Discretion: Strategies for Mitigating Home Office Concerns and Establishing Advisor Success.”

Shundrawn Thomas, Founder and Managing Partner of The Copia Group, delivered a keynote at last year’s event on reimagining the purpose of money management through income, impact and inclusion.

Shundrawn Thomas, Founder and Managing Partner, The Copia Group

“This week I had the opportunity to give a keynote address on the opening day of the 2022 Money Management Institute (MMI) Annual Conference. It was wonderful to see industry leaders and peers together again at this year’s sold-out event,” he posted on LinkedIn. “MMI is an industry association which provides advocacy and education for firms that provide financial advice and solutions to investors. MMI also seeks to advance diversity and inclusion in the investment advisory industry.”

The 2023 MMI Annual Conference also features opportunities to attend the opening night reception at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company, located 450 feet above Lake Travis. Regarding continuing education credits, the program is being submitted to the Investments & Wealth Institute for CE credits for CIMA, CPWA and RMA certifications. Sponsors include InvestCloud, Envestnet, BNY Mellon, Broadridge, PIMCO, Cerulli Associates, Morningstar and several other firms.

Investments & Wealth Strategy Forum

The Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Investments & Wealth Institute will host its Investments & Wealth Strategy Forum 2023, from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Attendance costs $1,295 for early bird registration and $1,495 for registration after Oct. 1.

The Forum is designed for seasoned practitioners such as advanced investment consulting and wealth management professionals as well as advanced financial planners, retirement advisors and private wealth advisors. It offers as many as 14 continuing education credits for the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) and Retirement Management Advisor (RMA) designations – which the Institute oversees – and will be submitted to the CFP Board for Certified Financial Planner certification credits.

Sean Walters, CEO and Executive Director, Investments & Wealth Institute

“We’re going back to our roots, which is executive education,” Sean Walters, CEO and Executive Director of the Investments & Wealth Institute, told WSR. “This Forum contains what your clients want you doing. Taking these skills and techniques, learning those from Ivy League academics, applying them with other thought leaders, and coming back and making a difference in your practice. It is serious learning and serious education.”

This year’s more than 30 scheduled speakers include Maddi Dessner, Director of Asset Class Services at Capital Group; Brad Dillon, Partner, Tax & Estate Strategy at Andreessen Horowitz; Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; Surya Kolluri, Head of the TIAA Institute; and Amanda Stahl, Director, Longevity Planning at Raymond James.

Topics scheduled for the upcoming agenda include “Data-Driven Strategies for Enhancing Client and Portfolio Outcomes”; “Why Health and Wealth are Two Sides of the Same Coin”; “Differentiating Your Practice Through Nontraditional Investments”; “3 Under-Utilized Tax Strategies That Can Help Grow Your Business”; and “Rebalancing Your Practice Strategy for the Coming Decade.” The Forum’s overarching focus areas are on growing, stewarding and preserving wealth.

Matthew Graves, Service Advisor, Harrison Financial Services

“The Investments & Wealth Institute did a great job curating content that will help us stay on the cutting edge of how we serve families,” Matthew Graves, a service advisor at Omaha, Nebraska-based Harrison Financial Services of Northwestern Mutual, posted on LinkedIn regarding the 2023 Investments & Wealth Masters Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Investments & Wealth Strategy Forum also features opportunities to network with other attendees. Its partners and sponsors include Janus Henderson Investors, Capital Group | American Funds, Equitable, Raymond James, Smead Capital Management, Charles Schwab, FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds and several other entities.

Morningstar Investment Conference

Chicago-based Morningstar will host its annual Morningstar Investment Conference from June 26 to June 27 next year, at the city’s Navy Pier. The conference, which historically has been held at the McCormick Place convention center, gathers thousands of attendees each year. Attendance costs for this year’s April 25 to April 27 event ranged from $599 to $1,199.

Kunal Kapoor, CEO, Morningstar

“We’ve got a fabulous lineup for you,” Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor said during his keynote at last year’s event, where he also introduced the company’s AI-based visual digital persona called Mo. “I love coming to the conference because there’s so many great topics.”

The 2024 agenda remains in development. Last year’s speakers included Larry Summers, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Daniel Ivascyn, Group Chief Investment Officer at PIMCO; Rob Schlegel, Divisional Sales Manager at the asset manager Clark Capital Management Group; Aswath Damodaran, Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business; and Rick Rieder, Senior Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income at BlackRock.

Last year’s topics included “The X Factor: Hear from Some of the Fastest-Growing Advisors in the Business”; “Storytelling for Advisors”; “How To Scale Your Advisory Practice for Profit Without Compromising Quality or Service”; “What Advisors Can Learn from Social Media Finfluencers”; “Investing in the BEV Supply Chain”; and “Best Ideas From the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index.”

Phil Ratcliff, President, rebel Financial

“Just wrapped up an amazing experience at the Morningstar Investment Conference!” Phil Ratcliff, President at Columbus, Ohio-based rebel Financial, posted on LinkedIn regarding last year’s event. “We learned so much from the top minds in the industry and we’re excited to apply these insights to our investment strategies. Thanks, Morningstar, for an incredible event!”

The conference also featured product launches, such as Morningstar adding portfolios from third-party asset managers onto its U.S. Wealth Platform. Last year’s sponsors included PIMCO, BlackRock, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Nuveen, T. Rowe Price, BNY Mellon, Charles Schwab and CAIS, among many others.

Chris Latham, Managing Editor at Wealth Solutions Report, can be reached at clatham@wealthsolutionsreport.com

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