Exchange-traded products debuted 25 years ago and are now benchmarked to indexes in a variety of different asset markets. Some have thrived; others have failed. This year, the Financial Markets Research Center presents the Exchange-Traded Products: Blessing or Curse? conference to consider both sides – tremendous successes like SPY and failures like XIV – and to discuss important ETP issues under current debate:

  • Do ETPs increase or suppress volatility in the underlying benchmark securities?
  • Does the trading of ETPs increase the correlation in the returns of the benchmark securities?
  • Which drive stock returns more: ETP flows and re-balancing or fundamentals?
  • How has the practice of securities lending affected the fund’s expense ratio?
  • Do age demographics – “the millennial effect” – influence ETP asset expansion?
  • What is the intraday price change relation between ETPs and a cash-and-carry futures position?
  • Have ETFs improved stock market efficiency?
  • Is passive investing killing the markets?



Industry Panel

Moderated by:

Robert E. Whaley
Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management
Director, Financial Markets Research Center
Vanderbilt University

With experts from:

2018 Conference Sponsors


The 2018 Conference is a one‐day event with sessions scheduled from 8AM to 5PM. All meals—including cocktails, dinner and live music—are included.


Register Today

Admittance to the 2018 Exchange-Traded Products Conference is absolutely free. However, seats are limited. Sign up by filling out our simple form and reserve your spot today.


Let Us Entertain You

After dinner, join us for live music at the legendary Station Inn. The Hogslop String Band – a Nashville-based old-time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee promises to raise a ruckus.

Reserve Your Room

A limited number of rooms are held at Kimpton Aertson for $279 per night. Please contact to reserve.

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