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Hear keynotes from the country’s leading economists and geopolitical experts, premier money managers, and top analysts as they share their best insights, perspectives, and strategies for taking advantage of economic, political, and market opportunities to grow your portfolio.

February 8, 2018
The Road Ahead

Keith Lerner, CFA, CMT, is the chief market strategist for SunTrust Private Wealth Management. His team is responsible for establishing SunTrust's investment outlook, as well as the development of asset allocation strategies that drive the management of approximately $40 billion of private and institutional client relationships. In this keynote address, he will share what economic, fundamental, and technical trends are telling us about where we are in the cycle and how investors should be positioned.

Outlook 2018: Is It Time to Buy or Bail?

Mid-term election years have traditionally been the most challenging for stocks within the four-year presidential cycle. Will rising rates and the knowledge that every Republican President since Teddy Roosevelt experienced a recession during their first term in office cause history to repeat itself in 2018? Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist of CFRA and author of The Seven Rules of Wall Street, will share CFRA's investment outlook for 2018, and identify with which areas of the globe are expected to outperform and which sectors should be owned or avoided.

Rip Your Face Off Rally

Join Jeffrey Saut for this in-depth session, designed to bring you the latest intelligence available so you can identify and profit from the opportunities in today's markets. The knowledge you gain by attending this session can help you make better investing or trading decisions tomorrow.

It's a Shale World After All

One of the world's leading market analysts, providing individual investors, professional traders, and institutions with up-to-the-minute investment and risk management insight into global petroleum, gasoline, and energy markets will share his oil outlook into the new year. He'll discuss the shale oil impact and whether it can keep up with growing global demand. He will also share what is myth and reality in the shale oil world.

More of the Same in 2018?

The economic and financial outlook during 2018 and beyond will depend on who will be on the Fed's monetary policy committee. Also important will be whether the Trump administration delivers on promises to reform the tax code and cut taxes for individuals and corporations. For stock investors, the outlook should remain bright as long as the global economy continues to grow. For bond investors, if inflation remains low, then bonds bought over the past several years should continue to deliver small, but positive real returns. So what will it be in 2018: Another year of slow-but-steady growth with low inflation? Or must investors position now for a major sea change?

Less Central Bank Monetary Stimulus? Can Economic Growth and Markets Remain Resilient?

Monetary stimulus from virtually every central bank around the world has fostered a modest, but enduring economic recovery since the financial crisis. Stock markets have followed suit for the past nine years. Now, that quantitative easing, that has been rampant, is on the cusp of being withdrawn. This presentation will attempt to discuss the ramifications of such a potential change in liquidity and its effects on world economic growth and the resultant markets outlook.

How to Make Money in the Current Environment Panel

Hear what opportunities these expert panelists are seeing in the markets today. Learn which sectors are worth a closer look and which deserve a pass. Discover the asset classes or securities that are at the top of their buy lists or are in their portfolios. They'll give you their best takes on how best to navigate the market's ever-changing waters.

February 9, 2018
The Future of ETF Investing: Busting ETF Myths

Join Deborah Fuhr for this in-depth session, designed to bring you the latest intelligence available so you can identify and profit from the opportunities in today's markets. The knowledge you gain by attending this session can help you make better investing or trading decisions tomorrow.

Trump Trade 2.0

A year after taxes, healthcare, and infrastructure swept the imagination of investors, where do we stand in stocks looking out in 2018 toward the mid-term elections. Can we depend on the dollar, European markets, and a steady increase in interest rates? Ten years after the great financial crisis, what is the story investors can learn from Wall Street? TheStreet.com CEO David Callaway answers these and other questions about the US economy and the stock market.

The Bond Market Outlook

This presentation will center around several major topic points, depending on the developments between now and the day of the presentation. The probable order of the major points is as follows. First will be the geopolitical setting from the viewpoint of the actuality and likelihood of armed conflict. This is the most important point and helps frame the rest of the talk. Second will be a discussion of population trends, both in terms of demographics and movement of people and their resulting impact on the other factors discussed. Third will be a discussion of US domestic politics, as well as the political setting in some other parts of the world including, on a very cursory basis, Europe. Fourth will be a brief overview of the economic setting in the US and around the world. Fifth with be a discussion of the evolved role of the reserve currency central banks. Sixth will be a discussion of other factors affecting markets, such as: liquidity and taxation. Seventh will be any other things that come up between now and then that are important to our discussion. Last will be comments on the outlook and current situation of the market.

Invest Like a Trader

Wall $treet Week Hall of Fame member and the man called by the late Louis Rukeyser as simply the world's best stock picker shares why investors should follow the example of traders. He has concluded that traders have significant advantages: They understand the market; they know that it goes up and down and three days in a row does not constitute a bull market and they are not fazed if an economic indicator or two goes down or is worse than expected. Traders pay attention to the market. Their view of interest rates is based on what the banks are doing, not what the economists are saying. Most importantly, traders are transaction oriented, i.e., they want to make money. As a result, they ignore seasonal issues, they are not interested in scenarios of what the market could or could not do. If we go 55 days in a row with no 1% moves, it means we went 55 days without a 1% move and nothing about the next day or next week. As a result, probably 75% of what is considered research or commentary is, to a trader, noise. These ideas-and others-will be developed and abundant examples will be provided including a take-home takeaway, which will have some of his favorite trading stories, quotes, and short articles.

Wall Street War Stories

Jon 'DRJ' Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport, trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME, and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. Jon will cover what's gone on in the 36 years since he started on Wall Street, how investing has changed, and what investors need to know to prosper in the new environment.

Learn to Profit from Investor-Sentiment Analysis and Avoid Its Pitfalls

Successful online finance brands such as Stocktwits, Estimize, iSenitum, and others have built entire businesses around harnessing the predictive power of the masses to anticipate market trends. In doing so, they had to avoid the many dangers that surround a poorly created index to create something truly valuable. Will investor-sentiment analysis ever become a widely used factor? How has social media changed the available data and has it resulted in more accurate signals or just a lot more noise? Investopedia CEO David Seigel and panelists will explore these questions to help you profit from investor sentiment and avoid its pitfalls.