Steve Hawkins is the president and CEO of Horizons ETFs (a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group), where he is responsible for the day-to-day business and affairs of the firm. With more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. Hawkins has been with Horizons ETFs for more than 12 years. He is partly responsible for the proliferation of ETFs in Canada, bringing many first-of-their-kind ETFs to market. Mr. Hawkins spearheaded the launch of the first family of actively managed ETFs in Canada, the world's first marijuana ETF and the world's first global equity ETF driven by artificial intelligence. As an innovative ETF and capital markets thought leader, he is frequently quoted in the news media, appears regularly on business television and is a globally sought-after speaker for his expertise on his three favorite topics: ETFs, derivatives, and cannabis. Mr. Hawkins was recognized as CEO of the Year at the 2018 Wealth Professional Awards and is the current chair of the Canadian ETF Association.
Thematic ETFs—ETFs that provide exposure to macroeconomic or structural trends or potentially new emerging industries—have seen staggering growth in the last year. Join Steve Hawkins, president and CEO of Horizons ETFs as he explains what's driving the growth of thematic ETF investing as well as provides some insight in key investment themes such as cryptocurrencies, emerging technology, and cannabis. Mr. Hawkins will also discuss potentially new thematic ETFs strategies that could be on the horizons for 2021.
Keeping a balanced portfolio of 60% equity, 40% fixed income has been one of the investing world's most tried-and-true strategies for managing risk. But in this era of high volatility, ultra-low yields, and longer life spans, investors are looking for better, non-correlated returns. Enter alternative ETFs, which can enhance risk-adjusted returns and provide liquidity, without the high fees. This panel will examine the choices available to today's investors, along with tips for incorporating them into a traditional portfolio.
When the Bank of Canada dropped interest rates to 0.25% in 2009, it was supposed to be a temporary post-recession stimulus measure. But here we are, on the doorstep of 2021, and still facing low yields. What are the options for investors seeking income? Moderated by Sandra Martin, editor-in-chief of MoneySense, this session gives you access to experts from Horizons, Mackenzie Investments, and TD Asset Management.
Steve Hawkins, president and CEO of Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc., will discuss how Canadian investors have embraced ETFs in a major way in 2020, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first eight months of 2020, ETF sales have already exceeded their record haul from 2019. Mr. Hawkins will discuss how ETFs are positioned now as the go-to investment for almost all major asset classes and sectors, ranging from traditional stock indices to popular new sectors such as emerging technology and cannabis.