John Hyland, CFA

John Hyland, CFA

Company: Mutual Fund Board Director

Job title: ETF Pioneer


Mr. Hyland is a long time investment fund executive within the U.S. mutual fund and Exchange Traded Fund industries. His roles have included acting as a security analyst, a mutual fund Portfolio Manager, as the Head of Research, as Chief Investment Officer, and as Chief Executive Officer. His area of specialty has been as diverse as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS), Commodities, Emerging Market Equities, and cryptocurrencies.

Within the ETF industry Mr. Hyland is best known for having been the C.I.O of the United States Commodity Funds and developing a large family of exchange traded commodity funds. This included the United States Oil Fund (ticker: USO), the first and largest crude oil ETF in the United States.

He currently sits on the board of a large U.S. based mutual fund family and consults on the development of non-traditional ETFs including cryptocurrency focused funds and active, non-fully transparent ETFs. Most recently he is the author of the article [“What the Australian ETF market can teach U.S. investors about trading active, non-fully transparent ETFs”.]

Mr. Hyland has been a frequent speaker at financial conferences focused on ETFs and/or commodity investing. In the last twelve years, he has spoken at over 100 conferences. The majority of these conferences were held in the United States, but he has spoken at conferences in locations as widely spread out as Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and Dubai.

Mr. Hyland is well known in the financial press and has been quoted or referenced in over 200 articles in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg/Business Week,,, He has been interviewed on CNBC, Fox Business Channel, and Bloomberg TV over a dozen times, and publically testified on TV to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He is the author or co-author of a number of books and articles, including Exchange-Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches (2009), and “Index Choice Matters in Commodities” in the Journal of Indexes (2014).

He is a former President of the CFA Society of San Francisco. He is also a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Hyland was awarded his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1994. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.


Developing a Comprehensive Fee Structure for Active ETFs 2:05 pm

• Create an effective pricing structure to incentivize investor inflows to support your ETF • Understand how to price and communicate your competitive advantage vs passive traditional ETFs • Successfully deliver Alpha to ensure investor returns whilst preserving the cost effective structure of ETFsRead more

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PANEL: Optimizing Active ETFs Development Across Product Classes 9:10 am

• Develop a balanced ETF portfolio within active ETF geographical limitations • Integrate alternative hedging strategies enabled by non-transparent ETFs • Learn how to improve ETF liquidity through balancing multiple asset classesRead more

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