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Event Registration - Meet Up: Global Investing Using Single-Country Equity ETFs

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Meet Up: Global Investing Using Single-Country Equity ETFs

Presenters, one of whom comes from a multibillion-dollar investment company providing single-country equity ETFs and another from a boutique investment management firm that uses single-country equity ETFs in portfolio management, will describe reasons that convinced them and their companies to focus on these securities. They will talk about advantages that these ETFs offer in portfolio construction and management. The presenters will comment on features that differentiate single-country ETFs from individual equities and broad-based indices, and differences in investment processes that these features call for. The presenters will talk about growth potential for single-country equity ETFs and the inevitable adoption challenges these relatively new financial instruments face in the marketplace. The presenters will also talk about less common applications of single-country equity ETFs in such areas as impact investing, investing in countries during and after major crises, and others.


Dan Muzzarelli is Vice President and an ETF specialist supporting Franklin Templeton’s LibertyShares business. He leads institutional ETF business development in the Eastern U.S. across pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, family offices and asset managers. Dan partners with the broader global sales team to educate clients on Franklin Templeton’s LibertyShares product line, ETF mechanics and use cases. Recently, Dan spoke on NASDAQ’s #TradeTalks show with Jill Malandrino and presented at Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, FL.

Dan has more than 12 years of industry experience and joined Franklin Templeton from BlackRock where he was a Vice President in the US Institutional business. His nearly six years at BlackRock included a variety of ETF-focused roles working with both retail and institutional clients. The majority of his time was spent in the Capital Markets Group, advising institutional clients on ETF liquidity and trading strategies. Dan began his career at Merrill Lynch where he held sales and trading roles. Dan majored in Economics at New York University and Finance for his MBA degree at the University of Florida.

Vitaly Veksler, CFA is CEO and Portfolio Manager at Beyond Borders Investment Strategies, LLC, the firm that he founded in 2014. The firm develops portfolios from single-country equity ETFs of nations where stock markets trade at significant discounts to their long-term average valuation levels. Vitaly has presented the firm’s investment strategies and discussed emerging market and global investing topics at conferences and events at CFA Society Boston as well as at leading universities such as Boston University, Tufts, Cornell, Harvard, and MIT. Articles and interviews with Vitaly about BBIS’ investment strategies have been posted on Advisors Perspectives,,, QProb Blog, The Investors Podcast, and Yahoo Finance.

Prior to BBIS, Vitaly was Vice President at BNY Mellon Asset Management. As a part of BNY Mellon’s investment consulting group, he focused on answering challenging questions related to the global and emerging market investing topics posted by the bank’s largest institutional clients. He also analyzed macroeconomic, political, and business trends affecting various classes of investments around the world. Based on these analyses, he wrote Quarterly Economic & Market Outlook reports that were distributed to BNY Mellon’s institutional and individual clients worldwide. Prior to BNY Mellon, Vitaly worked on the Technology and Energy equity teams at Fidelity Management & Research and State Street Research & Management (now BlackRock).

Vitaly is a CFA charterholder and serves as a member of CFA Society Boston’s Board of Directors. He also chairs the society’s Economics Committee. He received his MBA degree from The MIT Sloan School of Management, his Master of Arts (MALD) degree with a concentration in International Finance from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and his Diploma (BS and MS degrees combined) in Management Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence from Moscow Technical University (MIREA).


Michael Mullin, CFA is Chief Investment Officer at Claro Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor in Boston. He is also a Financial Advisor with the firm, where he focuses on constructing portfolios for individuals and families. Mike also serves as Claro's Chief Market Strategist, and part of his investment process includes conducting in-depth macroeconomic research to ensure that his clients’ portfolios align with an ever-changing global landscape. In addition, he leads the firm's Investment and Due Diligence Committee.

Prior to joining Claro, he founded MEM Capital Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor in Quincy, MA providing comprehensive portfolio management to individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Before forming MEM in 2011, Mike managed portfolios at Boston Research & Management where he also contributed to the firm’s investment committee and quarterly newsletter. Prior to that, he served as a portfolio manager both at Jefferies and BNY Mellon. He began his career as an advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Mike obtained an MBA and an MS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, as well as an Economics degree from Colby College and has been active in the investment industry for over 20 years. Mike earned the CFA charter in 2003 and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Boston, where he serves as a member of the Economics Committee.

Please note, attendees are asked to bring their own lunches. There is no charge for Members for this event, however registration is required in advance.

*The Auditorium is located on the Ground Floor and can be accessed by entering the building on 100 Federal Street side. The auditorium will be on your right before security and you will not need to go through security by accessing the building from the 100 Federal Street side.

Putnam Investments Auditorium
100 Federal Street
Ground Floor - Enter Through Federal Street Side
Boston, MA 02110
Registration is complimentary for members.
Non-Members: $10.00

CFA Boston has determined that this event qualifies for 1 CE credit hours under the guidelines of CFA Institute's Continuing Education Program. If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this event will be automatically recorded in your CE tracking tool.