April 24, 2008 10:07 ET

Dr. George Daly, Georgetown University, to Chair iiBIG's 2008 Indexing and ETF Investment Congress

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - iiBIG is pleased to announce that Dr. George Daly, Dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, will serve as welcoming chairman of iiBIG's 2008 Indexing and ETF Investment Congress: Generating BIG Returns Through Quantitative & Risk Management Strategies, scheduled for September 15-16, 2008 at the Georgetown University Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Attendees will include executives from the institutional investment community (pensions, endowments, foundations, etc.) as well as executives representing Index Fund and ETF providers, stock and commodities exchanges, financial and legal advisors, and others. Through interactive panel discussions, real-world case studies and informal networking functions, the conference offers the latest intelligence on the most up-to-date indexing strategies and innovations in ETF products.

With five months to go until the conference, half of the more than 40-member speaking faculty is already confirmed. Other sessions and speakers include:

Portfolio Optimization and Asset Allocation

--  Gary Bland, State Investment Officer at New Mexico State Investment
--  Jack Perkins, Chairman of City of Boston Retirement Board
--  Ron Ryan, CEO of Ryan ALM Inc
--  Oscar Silver, VP and COO of Passive Momentum Advisors

Managing Portfolio Risk and Exploring the Role of Indexes in Retirement Plans

--  Darwin Abrahamson, CEO of Invest n Retire LLC
--  Laurence Siegel, Director of Research at the Ford Foundation
--  Herb Blank, President of QED International Associates Inc.

Emerging Markets and Global Investments

--  Ismail Dalla, Staff Consultant to the World Bank Group
--  Thomas Liaw, Chair and Professor at St. John's University

Visualizing the Next Step for ETFs

--  Jeff Ptak, Analyst and Editor of Morningstar
--  Gary Gastineau, Managing Partner of ETF Consultants LLC
--  Jim Pritchard, CFP of Pritchard Investment Management

Diversification Strategies Using Leveraged, Inverse, Currency ETF

--  Kevin Ireland, Director of Marketing at ALPS Mutual Fund
--  Jim H. Lowell III, Chief Investment Strategist, Adviser Investments

Seeking Alpha Through 130/30 and 120/20 Strategies

--  James Angel, Associate Professor of Finance at Georgetown University
--  Ted Lockwood, Managing Director of QMA Prudential Financial

Turning Green to Gold with Socially Responsible Investing

--  Charles Seal, Investment Committee Member, The Greater Cincinnati


For more information on how you can highlight your firm's leading role in the indexing and ETFs markets, please contact:

Kellie Swanstrom, VP, Business Development
Phone: 973-571-0867

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