Meetings & Events

FPA-NENY programs can help enhance your awareness
of issues affecting many people.

Whether you do comprehensive financial planning, or specialize in just one facet of it, there are so many topic areas that a CFP needs to have knowledge about.

The broader the scope of your knowledge, the more value you bring to the client relationship. Just think of all of the topics covered in the CFP study program!

Since financial planning is about the client’s entire financial life, it is so important to be aware of how little details fit into the big picture. The key is recognizing the issues and being able to provide solutions, whether you do so yourself or turn them to someone who handles that area.

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Season Pass:

The Season Pass is a MEMBER’s ticket to all 8 regular monthly meetings. Cost is $175, a 40% savings from individual ticket purchase.


The Combo is a MEMBER’s ticket to all 8 regular monthly meetings PLUS the May 18, 2017 Symposium. Cost is $320.


Our venue: Wolferts Roost Country Club

FPA NENY 2016-17 Program Calendar

Download 2016-17 FPA NENY Calendar of Events (PDF)

New York Advocacy Days

May 8 and 9, 2017

Contact Advocacy Director James Lee for information

17th Annual Symposium!

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Hilton Garden Inn – Troy

FPA NENY 2017 Symposium Flyer

FPA NENY 2017 Symposium Registration Form



September 22, 2016

2 Hours

CFP Ethics

Speaker:  Dan Candura, CFP®

Members:  $50 | Non-members $75

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost


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October 20, 2016

1 Hour

Year-Round Tax Planning Tips

Speaker: Tom Brinker, Jr., JD, LLM, ChFC, CPA/PFS, Arcadia University

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost




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November 17, 2016

1 Hour

Rethinking Retirement

Achieving a successful retirement is an incredibly complex goal. This presentation covers a variety of topics and provides guidance on things to be aware of when building retirement strategies for your clients. The three key retirement risks are reviewed (sequence risk, inflation risk, and longevity risk), along with how to estimate the true cost of retirement, the impact of low expected returns on retirement success, and the drivers of retirement satisfaction. Portfolio construction topics include insights into why no portfolio is an island and how to build the optimal distribution glide path. Finally, some perspective on the value of advisors/financial planning is explored.

Speaker: Hal Ratner, Global Head of Research, Morningstar

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost

HANDOUT:  Rethinking Retirement, Hal Ratner

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December 15, 2016

1 Hour

Buying and Selling a Financial Services Business

Speaker: David Grau, Jr., MBA, Succession Resource Group, President

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost

Buying or selling a financial services practice is a major event for any business and done right, is more of a process than a singular event at the end of a career. This 60-minute session will cover current vs. historical exit planning trends, recommended timelines and strategies for leaving your business, valuation statistics, and the most up-to-date structuring strategies being used by advisors today. This session will address some key questions:

  • When should you start planning and what are your options.
  • How to find a practice to buy/partner with.
  • How are deals currently being structured?
  • What are typical values being paid, and what drives or detracts from the value?
  • What are current exit planning trends?

If you are considering selling your business in the next 5 years, or are a serious buyer, this session will provide important information you won’t want to miss.

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January 19, 2017

1 Hour

PDF Almeida – Disruption

Powerpoint: Almeida Disruption

2017 Business Disruptors & Active Management

Speaker: Rob Almeida, MFS Institutional Portfolio Manager

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost

As we look forward into 2017 what can we be focusing on?  What drives stock prices?  What’s the difference between disruption and destruction?  Rob will discuss the current investment environment and what it’s telling us about long term equity investing.  His comments will include discussion of active and passive approaches in allocating to equity assets over the long term.

Rob Almeida, MFS Institutional Portfolio Manager, reviews the economy of the past year, where it is currently, and discusses the likely scenarios for the future.  To see Mr. Almeida in action, please click the link below to see his video.

Title of video: Market Breadth – Riding the Cycle

Description: Taking a close look at market breadth cyclicality, MFS Institutional Portfolio Manager, Rob Almeida illustrates how markets may be shifting from monolithic to more widely dispersed, where idiosyncratic risk matters more and skilled active managers can apply their good insights.


Duration –  5:52

Approved for investment professional use only

Compliance – #34911 expires 3/10/17

Our venue: Wolferts Roost Country Club

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February 16, 2017

1 Hour

Barnes FPA 021617 – 3  slides per page

Barnes FPA 021617 – 6 slides per page

Planning for Long-Term Care: Medicaid Myths and Realities

Speaker:  James Barnes, Esq., Burke & Casserly, P.C.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Program,  Wolferts Roost Country Club

This seminar will present information on eligibility for different types of Medicaid programs and dispel some of the myths that often cause concern amongst professionals and families.  Mr. Barnes will discuss best practices for helping to be prepared when the Medicaid application times comes, common traps that impact applicants, and how planning in advance can assist with the overall process.  The discussion will include an overview of various estate, long-term care, and asset protection strategies, and their impact on Medicaid eligibility.  It will also include a look into the legal, tax, and financial ramifications on protected, trust-owned assets when Medicare eligibility is approved.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the eligibility criteria for various Medicaid long-term care programs.
  2. Best practices in advance planning for long-term care when Medicaid eligibility is a concern.
  3. Appreciating the intersection of legal, tax, and financial ramifications on long-term care planning decision-making, including once Medicaid eligibility is secured.

Continuing education for: CFP® and CPA

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March 16, 2017


3 Hours (Come for one, two, or ALL programs–price is the same! $35M/$55NM)

Click HERE for the handouts


As financial planning shifts from the founding generation of planners (and their clients) to the next, so too does the world around us, as we enter the digital age.  More


TO ROTH OR NOT TO ROTH (9:00 to 9:50A.M.)

In this session, planners will learn about the fundamental factors that really do, and don’t, contribute to long-term wealth creation by choosing to contribute to (or convert to) a Roth retirement account instead of a pre-tax account. More



Explore the overall dynamics of when to take Social Security early versus delay, and how claiming strategies will shift in the future given the limitations of the new rules! More

Speaker: Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL Pinnacle Advisory Group, Partner and Director of Research

Continuing Education CE is expected for CFPs, CPAs, and bankers.  No CLE.

Members:  $35 | Non-members $55

Note: if you are registering online, in the “Message” section, please indicate WHICH sessions you plan to attend.

Breakfast buffet will be available to only those who attend (at least) the FIRST SESSION.

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 11:00 a.m. Program, Wolferts Roost



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April 20, 2017

1 Hour

Bring Your CLIENT Event!

HANDOUT: The Crazy World of Health Care 1 hr – NY FPA 4.20.17

The Crazy World of Health Care –

Planning for Changes and Making the Most of Your Health Care Dollars

Health care is again in flux with the new administration. How will they change our health system and will this help or hurt health care delivery and costs? Although you can’t control the health care system, there is much you can control to prepare for your health care future.

In this session, Dr. McClanahan brings you up to date on what is happening with health care policy in the new administration. She shares how this will affect you and how to better prepare no matter who is in charge of health policy in the future. She will cover patient empowerment, navigating the health care morass, and help you understand how you can use your “health care mindset” to manage costs, find the right doctors, and get the care you need.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a care plan for living transitions, driving transitions, and financial  care-taking transitions.
  2. Control health care costs by becoming an empowered patient
  3. Create family agreements around health care transitions and aging to  keep everyone  working together during the aging process.

Speaker: Carolyn McClanahan, M.D., CFP®


Members:  $35 | Non-members $55  | Client Guest $20

Time:  7:30 a.m Reg/Breakfast | 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Program,  Wolferts Roost Country Club


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May 18, 2017

Seventeenth Annual SYMPOSIUM

Registration/Breakfast: 7:30A.M., Programs: 8:00A.M. to  4:30P.M.

 HAPPY HOUR follows upstairs!



Preparing Your Practice for the Great Wealth Transfer: Matt Sommer, CFA, CFP®, CPWA®, Janus

Engaging Millennials – Financial Planning’s Rubik’s Cube: Eric Roberge, CFP® – Founder, Beyond Your Hammock

Building Portfolios for the Next Phase of Bull Markets: Doug Sandler, Chief US Equity Officer, RiverFront

The Emergence of Retirement Income Planning (Panel Discussion): Michael Finke, Ph.D., CFP®, Jamie Hopkins, ESQ., MBA, LLM, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®, Wade D. Pfau, Ph.D., CFA

Reverse Mortgages: How to use Reverse Mortgages to Secure Your Retirement: Wade D. Pfau, Ph.D., CFA


Bond Investing: Bryan Favilla – Director of Fixed-Income Markets, American Funds

The Evolving Cyber Fraud Threats: William French, VP, Fidelity

Preparing for Nonfinancial Retirement Risks: Robert Pokorski, M.D

College Cost Reduction Strategies: 5 Proven Ways To Save Your Clients Money: Dean Skarlis, Ph.D.

Retirement Planning with Alternative LTC Products: Peter Skelton, CEO & Ryan Meyer, KAFL

Private vs Community Foundations; Finding the right fit for your client: Mindy Derosia, CFGCR & John H. Lavelle, CPA, LL.M., Lavelle & Finn, LLP

*Event schedule is subject to change.

FPA NENY 2017 Symposium Flyer

FPA NENY 2017 Symposium Registration Form

Early Bird Savings now through May 5th.

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