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David Abner
President at Dabner Capital Partners


David Abner is one of the world’s leading experts on ETFs.  He is the author of The ETF Handbook and The Visual Guide to ETFs and the creator of The ETF Implied Liquidity™ function used by portfolio managers, wealth managers and financial advisors worldwide to assess potential ETF liquidity.  

Abner is currently advising some of the world’s leading financial institutions on the intersection of technology, innovation and investing.  

Examples of two current engagements are:  
• The World Bank - Senior Technical Consultant on the Issuer Driven ETF (ID-ETF) Project helping to develop the financial markets infrastructure necessary for the growth of Emerging Market economies.  The first ID-ETF recently launched in Brazil and quickly became the largest Fixed Income ETF in Latin America.  This project is part of the ETF4Good™ initiative, finding ways to use the growth of ETFs to help society at large.
• WisdomTree – Advisory and leadership on the development and growth of digital asset initiatives helping to drive incorporation of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies into ETFs.

Abner spent 11 years at WisdomTree, most recently as Executive Vice President and CEO of WisdomTree Europe Ltd. He joined the firm as an early employee helping to develop many aspects of the business as it grew to more than 60 billion in AuM as of January 2020.  

Prior to switching to the asset management side, Abner was a leading market maker and proprietary trader of ETFs.  He started the institutional sales and trading business at Bear Stearns where many of today’s largest ETF trading firms were small initial clients. Then he moved on to develop a global trading business at BNP Paribas from New York.

Abner has a master's degree in Management and Policy Analysis and a bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University on Long Island.

Agenda Sessions

  • ETFs 301: Effectively Trading ETFs

  • Investing Opportunities in Blockchain and Digital Assets