SOURCE: Capital Link, Inc.

March 30, 2011 09:38 ET

Capital Link to Host Its 10th Annual Closed-End Funds & Global ETFs Forum Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - New York City

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) -

  • Dean Maki, Managing Director, Chief US Economist at Barclays Capital delivers US economic outlook focusing on the risks of today's easy monetary policies

  • Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. commits as Global Lead Sponsor of the Forum until 2013: www.aberdeen-asset.us/cef

  • Premier event for financial advisors, wealth managers & institutional investors with nearly 1,000 attendees in 2010

Capital Link will host its 10th Annual Closed-End Funds & Global ETFs Forum in cooperation with NYSE Euronext on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Forum is designed to deliver leading-edge thought leadership on the latest trends in closed-end funds and global ETFs by gathering the experts in global fund management, economic analysis and wealth management. 

Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. recognizes the conference's leadership through its support of the event as Global Lead Sponsor until 2013.

Chief US Economist at Barclays Capital Delivers US Economic Outlook
Dean Maki, Managing Director, Chief US Economist at Barclays Capital, will provide an outlook for the US economy focusing on the risks of today's easy policies. Overall, Dr. Maki believes economic growth will be solid in 2011, driven by consumer and business spending; however medium-term inflation risks, associated with easy monetary policy, are a concern.

Mr. Maki was named the most accurate forecaster of US GDP in 2009 by Bloomberg News, and the most accurate forecaster of CPI and PPI inflation by Bloomberg News for 2008-2010. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from St. Olaf College.

Forum Description
Capital Link's 10th Annual Closed-End Funds & Global ETFs Forum will include presentations by global fund managers, analysts and experts from the industry, in addition to a series of industry roundtables with in-depth discussions.

The Forum is a well-known annual industry event for institutional investors, registered investment advisors, financial planners, private bankers, securities analysts, retail and institutional financial advisors, industry specialists and analysts, in addition to financial press and media. The Forum allows for ample networking opportunities, attracts an extensive audience of key industry participants and an opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Last year an audience in excess of 950 members of the investment community and the financial press attended, setting a new record. 

Annual Closed-End Funds & ETFs Awards
The Annual Closed End Funds & ETFs Awards are an initiative of Capital Link and take place within the context of the Forum. The awards aim to identify and recognize annually those fund sponsors and executives who consistently apply high standards of financial disclosure, investor and shareholder relations and innovation. Furthermore, award recipients also include firms and analysts for their research coverage of the CEF and ETF sectors. The awards are based on nominations by a committee of CEF and ETF analysts, fund sponsors and market experts. Capital Link is not part of the nominating committee and award recipients are traditionally published in Barron's.

Forum Structure
The Forum will feature presentations on specific topics as well as roundtable discussions. 

There will be presentations on the following industry topics, the current state of the closed-end fund and exchange traded fund industry, fixed income investing, equity and total return investing, risk mitigation strategies, portfolio management and leverage.

Roundtable discussions will cover the following, current trends, opportunities & outlook on the closed -end fund and ETF industry. Further roundtable topics will include commodity, product innovation, trading and best execution. 

Sponsors & Media Partners
Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. is the Global Lead Sponsor of the Forum and has committed to support the event in this role until 2013. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, parent of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. is one of the world's largest asset managers of emerging market closed-end funds, by value and number, managing in excess of US$6.3bn of assets across a range of 15 funds listed in New York, London and Toronto, as of Feb. 2, 2011.

Calamos Investments is the Platinum Sponsor and the Gold Sponsor is Alps while BlackRock , Guggenheim Funds, Invesco PowerShares, Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE: KCG), Legg Mason, MorningStar, Inc., Swank Capital, LLC and Wisdom Tree are Silver Sponsors.

Bronze Sponsors include BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Canaccord Genuity, Charles Schwab Corporation, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), Cohen & Steers, DowJones Indexes, Eaton Vance, Fitch Ratings, Hennion & Walsh, ING, Milberg LLP, Nuveen Investments, OKAPI Partners, PIMCO ETFs, ProShares, Thomson Reuters, Tortoise Capital Advisors, United States Commodity Fund LLC and WallachBeth Capital LLC.

International Media Partners include BarclayHedge, Barron's, ETF Radar Magazine, Financial Planning, Hedge Fund Alert, Institutional Investor, Investment Advisor, Investor's Business Daily, On Wall Street, Registered Rep., Research Magazine and Seeking Alpha. 

For further information and to register, please visit
 
http://forums.capitallink.com/cef/2011/index.html

For more information on the Annual Awards, visit www.cefawards.com, www.etfawards.com.

About Capital Link, Inc. 
Capital Link is a New York-based investor relations and financial communications firm which among other activities maintains a strategic focus on Closed-End Funds and ETFs.

Capital Link has developed specific media, investor outreach programs and IR tools focused on CEFs and ETFs aimed to enhancing the profile of CEFs and ETFs among analysts, investors and the financial media.

In this context, Capital Link maintains websites dedicated to CEFs (www.CEFForum.com) and ETFs (www.ETFForum.com) that track the news and developments of all US listed CEFs and ETFs providing investors with a free information resource on these topics. Capital Link Webinars (www.CapitalLinkWebinars.com) is an open online interactive platform that hosts regular webinars on CEFs, ETFs and other industry topics, such as the global economy and maritime shipping fostering better understanding of these topics in the investment community.

About Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.
Aberdeen Asset Management PLC ("Aberdeen PLC") parent of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. was founded in 1983 and has over $287 billion in assets under management, as of Dec. 31, 2010. It has 1,800 staff, located across 30 offices in 23 countries and its managers follow an active investment style that is grounded in first-hand research and company due diligence. 

Aberdeen PLC and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to herein as "Aberdeen") directly manage eight NYSE-listed closed-end funds including their largest U.S. listed fund, Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (NYSE Amex: FAX), Aberdeen Israel Fund (NYSE Amex: ISL), Aberdeen Emerging Markets Telecommunications Fund (NYSE Amex: ETF), Aberdeen Indonesia Fund (NYSE Amex: IF), Aberdeen Chile Fund (NYSE Amex: CH), Aberdeen Global Income Fund (NYSE Amex: FCO), Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund (NYSE Amex: IAF) and Aberdeen Latin America Equity Fund (NYSE Amex: LAQ) with assets of more than $4.3 billion in U.S. closed-end funds as of February 28, 2011, most with an emerging market focus. Aberdeen is also investment sub-adviser to two other closed end funds managed by First Trust Advisors L.P. Aberdeen's range covers a broad array of regions, asset classes and sectors with a regional focus and even country-specific funds. For more information about Aberdeen, visit: www.aberdeen-asset.us/cef

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