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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! Because 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. PayPalThis Site uses Paypal as its secure shopping cart and payment processing service. If you wish to register for more than one person or more than one event, simply return to this page and add additional events to your shopping cart. When you check out, don’t forget to put the names of all the people you registered for in the “Message” box.    

CLICK HERE: FPA NENY, Handout. CFP Board Ethics 201809 Will appear here when available

September 26, 2018 Wednesday

2 Hours

CFP Board Ethics: Enhancing Your Ethical Intelligence

Speaker: Bonnie Kirchner, CFP®, MST of Sea Change Financial Education

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and discuss a financial planning engagement, material elements of financial planning, and the financial planning process.
  • Analyze specific fact patterns to determine if a financial planning relationship exists.
  • Differentiate between the standards of care set forth in Rules 1.4 and 4.5 of the Rules of Conduct, and apply each standard of care to specific factual situations.
  • Apply each Practice Standard set forth in the Financial Planning Practice Standards to a hypothetical financial planning engagement.
  • Identify the information that must be disclosed to the client in writing by a CFP® professional who is engaged in a financial planning relationship or providing material elements of financial planning.
  • Define the required information that must be disclosed to clients and prospective clients, when that information must be disclosed, and apply each disclosure requirement to specific factual situations.

Members: $50 | Non-members $75

Time: 7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 10:00 A.M. Program (2 hours) Wolferts Roost Country Club

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Handouts: HANDOUT: 2018 FPA Current Taxation Final Oct 15 2018

October 18, 2018 Thursday

1 Hour

Planning in Our Uncertain Tax Environment with a Focus On Individuals and Their Businesses

Speaker: Tom Brinker, Professor / Dean / Executive Director, Domestic MBA Program, School of Global Business, Arcadia University

Americans currently hold over $25 trillion in retirement assets. As such, a sound understanding of the rules surrounding these accounts is an absolute must for any serious practitioner. Those who understand the ins and outs of IRA planning are poised to benefit from the wave of Baby Boomers who are, or soon will be, tapping into their retirement assets. Conversely, those without such knowledge risk losing relevance or, worse, making the costly and irrevocable mistakes that can derail clients’ plans.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:30 A.M. Program (1.5 hours) Wolferts Roost Country Club

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Handouts: Will appear here when available

November 15, 2018 Thursday

1 Hour

11.15.2018 Program Material

Managing Student Loans in a Changing Landscape

Speaker: Adam Minsky. Esq. of Law Office of Adam S. Minsky, Student Loan Law

Attorney Adam S. Minsky is a student loan expert who has built a successful legal practice focused entirely on helping student loan borrowers and their families. He will provide a detailed overview of the complex student loan system and programs that may be available to borrowers to better manage their student debt, so that practitioners will be better prepared to help clients who are struggling with student debt. Topics will include:

  1. Student loan types
  2. Student loan players
  3. Student loan statuses
  4. Repayment plans, including income-driven plans
  5. Loan forgiveness programs
  6. The pros and cons of consolidation and refinancing
  7. Legislative changes

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the different student loan types, players, and statuses so that they can get a better handle on the complexities of the student loan system.
  2. Participants will learn the nuances of the multiple repayment plans and forgiveness options that are available to student loan borrowers, as well as changes that may be on the horizon, so they can better advise their clients.
  3. Participants will be able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to proposed policy changes.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

Wolferts Roost Country Club


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Handouts: Will appear here when available

December 20, 2018 Thursday

1 Hour


Watch This VIDEO

Understanding How the Brain Impacts Financial Decision-Making

Speaker: Ted Klontz, Ph.D. Founder Financial Psychology Institute™

Nearly everything a financial professional asks of a client is contrary to the human brain’s subconscious (thus VERY resistant to change) programming. This subconscious programming has not received an “operating system update” in 150,000 years. It operates as if it were living in a tribal culture where concepts such as saving and futuristic planning offered no particular advantage to individual or tribal survival, and in fact, such behaviors were commonly negatively sanctioned. This ancient programming, responsible for at least 90% of the decisions a human being makes, results in some significant inefficiencies in today’s world, and is relatively impermeable to information delivered in the traditional fact-filled educational manner. During this session, we will discuss and demonstrate some of the evidence-based tools that professionals can use to “work-around” some of the brain’s self-defeating (for today’s culture) programming as well as increase the likelihood that a client will adhere to professional recommendations. Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize why providing more information to a non-adhering client is of limited effectiveness.
  2. Identify ways the brain’s ancient programming is inefficient in today’s world.
  3. Share interventions designed to increase the likelihood of a client following through with professional recommendations.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program Wolferts Roost Country Club

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Handouts: Rutan navigating credit cycle 2019

January 17, 2019 Thursday

1 Hour

Navigating the Current Credit Cycle

Speaker:  Brad Rutan, CFA Investment Product Specialist MFS Investment Management® 

Business disruption and a changing economic landscape have altered the path of inflation and rates for the foreseeable future and created a tougher environment for fixed income investors. Brad will share how this has also created a fixed income market ripe with mispricing and inefficiencies giving active management an edge in delivering alpha. Learning Objectives:

  1. How business disruption and demographics have changed the path of rates
  2. How increased leverage brought on by C-suite pressure to grow has created a potential for a flood of downgrades in the BBB space
  3. The risks/opportunities brought on by massive mis-pricing of spreads across multiple industries

Time: 7:30 A.M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program Wolferts Roost Country Club

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Handouts: FPA of NENY_Pierro_2.14.19

♥♥♥♥February 14, 2019 Thursday ♥♥♥♥

1 Hour

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Giving Clients EVERYTHING They Want

Speaker: Lou Pierro, Esq.

For 35 years I have heard clients tell me what they wanted their plans to accomplish, from reducing taxes, protecting assets, securing income and leaving a legacy for children and charities, to keeping control and having full access to their wealth. With a new tax code, flexible trust laws, modern financial products and an expert team of advisors, all things are possible. Learning Objectives:

  1. What planning opportunities exist for your clients under the new tax code, and where the pitfalls are.
  2. What asset protection strategies work best, and how to identify risks and build a plan that protects wealth for multiple generations.
  3. How your clients’ major assets fit into the plan, including IRA’s, homes and real estate, investment accounts, life insurance, and business.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:30 A,M. Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program Wolferts Roost Country Club Continuing education for: CFP® and CPA

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Handouts: Will appear here when available

March 21, 2019 Thursday

1 Hour

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THE IDES OF MARCH: 10 Years After The Crash: What We’ve Learned

Speaker: John D. Fox, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Fenimore Asset Management

John Fox, CFA, will examine the peaks and troughs from March 2009 through March 2019. He will discuss economic and financial market data, pertinent patterns, and what investors can glean from this information. Mr. Fox will also present a historical view from March 1999 through March 2019 to include the dotcom bubble, explore any correlations, and assess what it all means. Financial Planners should benefit from this retrospective and its main takeaways as they work to help clients build their wealth over the long term. Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about economic and market cycles.
  2. Have a model to think about future investment returns.
  3. Understand the importance of starting valuations on investment returns.

Articles authored:

Members: $35 | Non-members $55


Time: 7:30 A.M.Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program Wolferts Roost Country Club

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ETF Industry Trends and Overview

Speaker:   David Frisch

Overview of the industry from a competitive landscape, size and scale of ETF adoption, and trends we see going forward. We’ll review where we’re seeing flows going and where Blackrock and iShares are going with our ETF line-up. We will cover all the hot topics from core, smart beta, and even fixed income ETFs. We will spend time de-bunking the major myths out there against ETFs; mainly

(1) are they inflating asset prices

(2) are they destroying liquidity

(3) and the active vs passive debate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Deeper understanding of the ETF landscape (size, scale, trends) and appreciation of the mechanics of how they operate
  2. Come to a conclusion that ETFs can and should co-exist with active MFs. Understanding how and where you can use them together.
  3. Walk away with a few basic tickers to get started.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:30 A.M.Reg/Breakfast | 7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program Wolferts Roost Country Club Bio: David Frisch is a Director at BlackRock- the world’s largest money manager with over $6 trillion in assets. David serves as the iShares Leader for the Northeast and his areas of expertise include the two fast flowing rivers of exchange traded funds: Factors and Fixed Income. David also works closely with BlackRock’s Portfolio Services group to help advisors build better portfolios. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, David was a Financial Planning Specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York and also spent a year on the Analytics desk at Bloomberg, L.P. David received his B.S. from Lehigh University.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2019

HANDOUTS:  Click on the handouts you want to access.  NOTES: GS2’s handout will be posted after the Symposium; the article posted will be of interest to you.  GS4 and AM Breakout 2 do not have handout material.

GS1: Generational Intelligence to Build a Sustainable and Growing Practice

GS2: If US Stocks Stumble Will International Stocks Fall

GS3: GS3 – Altman – Estate Planning for Short Life Expectancies 2019 for NY version 2

GS4: No handout: Advice in a New Era 

GS5: Road Map To Retirement – Top IRA Planning Mistakes

AM B/O1: Social Security How to Grow From Here

AM B/O2: No handout: Planning For College: Understanding Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Affordability: Strategies to Help Your Clients

PM B/O1: The Outlook for Fixed Income

PM B/O2: Peeling the LTC Insurance Onion

Hilton Garden Inn – Troy

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

HAPPY HOUR follows upstairs!

FPA Partner & Sponsor Info

Nineteenth Annual SYMPOSIUM


Excellent speakers.

Folks you haven’t seen in a million years.

Fun, food, raffles, & laughs.


All. In. ONE. Day.

All at one price.

You know this is awesome high-level learning, which likely is on your tattered and torn 2019 resolution list AND
You actually get to hang out with awesome folks you haven’t seen in forever. Bonus–there’s no assigned seating. Unless rowdiness ensues, if so-all bets are off. AND
You can:

• wear awesome casual attire,

• get awesomely well-fed for breakfast and lunch,

• meet up with our awesome Chapter Partners & Sponsors to see what new stuff is out there,

• enter into the awesome raffle for super cool prizes, AND

• attend our awesome Happy Hour

FPA NENY 2019 Symposium Flyer

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & Speaker Bios can be found in the flyer.

2019 GENERAL SESSIONS Generational Intelligence to Build a Sustainable and Growing Practice Sean M. Farley, Senior VP & Divisional Sales Manager, John Hancock Investments (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) Now What Should We Do?  Where We Are in the Economic Cycle and What Does It Mean for US and International Equities Talley Léger, Equity Strategist at OppenheimerFunds (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) Estate Planning for Short Life Expectancies Gary Altman, Esq., Founder and Principal Attorney, Altman & Associates (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) Advice in a New Era  Paul Cieslik is a National Speaker for Capital Group, home of American Funds (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) Road Map To Retirement – Top IRA Planning Mistakes Doug Orton, CRPC, VP & Business Development Consultant at MFS Fund Distributors, Inc. (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) MORNING BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 1. Social Security How to Grow From Here:  Matt Sperazzo, John Hancock (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) 2. Planning For College: Understanding Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Affordability: Strategies to Help Your Clients: Dr. Dean Skarlis, President, The College Advsor of New York (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) AFTERNOON BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 1. The Outlook for Fixed Income: David Keib, CRPC, CIMA, AIF, Capital Group (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) 2. Peeling the LTC Insurance Onion: Robert M. Vandy, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CLTC is President of Advisors Insurance Brokers (APPROVED CFP/CPA:1 CE) Early Bird price through April 30. (M $175, NM $200) 12.5% discount Regular price May 1 – 17. (M $200, NM $225) Full price and well worth it!

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