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  • Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 01/21/2022 at 2:00 PM (MST)

    Larry Pon wants to continue the tax conversation with you!

    Larry Pon wants to continue the tax conversation with you! Have questions?  Larry has answers!  Join us for a LIVE Q&A session where Larry answers your tax related questions and provides up to date insight on laws and regulations. 

    Lawrence Pon, CFP®, CPA, PFS, EA, USTCP, AEP

    Pon & Associates

    Mr. Pon is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, and Accredited Estate Planner in Redwood Shores, CA.   

    Mr. Pon has been practicing since 1986.  He provides the latest advanced tax and financial planning strategies to financial planners so they can be knowledgeable with their clients.

    Mr. Pon received his BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

    Mr. Pon is a long time member of the Financial Planning Association and speaks frequently to the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Chapters.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/13/2022 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    Making a smart Social Security claiming decision is more complex than many retirees and financial professionals may realize.

    Making a smart Social Security claiming decision is more complex than many retirees and financial professionals may realize. Retirees can miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetimes. The presentation focuses on the Social Security rules and claiming decision considerations that that are most often overlooked and least understood. Client case examples are included. You will learn:

    • The common terms and acronyms, how benefits are calculated, reductions and credits applied depending on age collected, 
    • Special rules, considerations that apply to single, married, divorced and widowed retirees,
    • Why life expectancy, non-covered pensions, and working while collecting benefits matter.

    1) Explain how clients qualify for Social Security benefits and how benefits are calculated, including reductions and credits applied depending on age of claiming,

    2) Identify the factors that affect a client's optimal date to begin receiving benefits and the impact of the earnings test, and

    3) Describe the rules related to spousal and survivor benefits, taxation of Social Security benefits and the affect a pension may have on Social Security benefits.

    Martha Shedden RSSA CRPC

    President and Co-Founder

    National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts

    Martha Shedden is President and Co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, NARSSA, which provides online education and training for financial professionals to become Registered Social Security Analysts. 

    She is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and is passionate about educating financial professionals and retirees on the details of Social Security income planning. 

    Martha has over a decade of experience providing Social Security education, consulting, and analyses for individual clients, financial and accountancy professionals and is the author of numerous Social Security white papers, seminar presentations and articles in financial publications.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/16/2021 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    Tax and Estate Knowledge Circle host Scott Bishop, MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® will be having an open conversation with Dan DiLella, Managing partner of the Houston office of Hotaling insurance about advanced life insurance strategies for clients given the current or future changes in the “Build Back Better” tax policy and estate planning solutions.

    Tax and Estate Knowledge Circle host Scott Bishop, MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP® will be having an open conversation with Dan DiLella, Managing partner of the Houston office of Hotaling insurance about advanced life insurance strategies for clients given the current or future changes in the “Build Back Better” tax policy and estate planning solutions.  Given the potential changes, life insurance will be a more important estate planning tool going forward.  This session will make sure that you understand both the changes in the policy types being used out there and also discuss best practices when using life insurance as part of a client’s financial and estate plan.  The session will answer questions like:

    • What are the main reasons clients have procured life insurance in the past year?
    • What have been the biggest changes in the life insurance industry over the past few years?
    • What are the mistakes seen in the design, implementation and servicing of life insurance?
    • How often should you as an advisor review a clients plans and their insurance portfolio supporting their plan?
    • What are some of the reasons high- and ultra high-net worth individuals “need” insurance?
    • What are the top 2-3 strategies we used in 2021?

    Dan DiLella

    Co-Founder

    DiLella-Hotaling Insurance Services

    Dan DiLella is the Managing Partner of Hotaling Insurance Services (H.I.S) and has strategic control over the Houston office. H.I.S. is a nationally licensed and fully independent risk management family office with five offices across the country. Dan specializes in high-level estate planning for his clients that range from affluent business owners, families, and individuals to professional athletes and entertainers.

    In 2014, Dan joined H.I.S. (formerly known as The Hotaling Group) as an insurance specialist. There he began his mentorship under the group’s founder and one of the most respected insurance agents in the country, Bobby Hotaling. Shortly after joining the firm, Dan was tasked with growing the group’s presence in the Houston market and spent several years cultivating business and creating meaningful relationships. After countless cross-country commutes, he was given the reins to open an office in “H-Town” and was named Managing Partner in 2018. In September of 2021, Dan was nationally recognized as one of Insurance Business America’s Rising Stars for his contributions to the industry.

    Dan graduated from SUNY University at Albany in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. During his tenure at Albany, he was the starting quarterback of the I-AA football team where he led the Great Danes to their first ever FCS Playoff Game. He was recognized for his accomplishments both on and off the field by earning first-team AllNortheast Conference and FCS academic All-Star team honors. Dan then had the proverbial “cup of coffee” with the New York Jets during the summer of 2012 before entering the financial industry.

    Prior to H.I.S., Dan started his insurance career at MetLife and in 2013, he was recognized as one of the top first year advisors on the East Coast.

    When Dan is not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Gina and their Goldendoodles, Cali & Finnegan. He is an active philanthropist and supports causes that are near and dear to his heart such as the WithMerci Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation, and
    The American Cancer Society.

    Scott Bishop

    Executive Director of Wealth Solutions

    Avidian Wealth Solutions

    Scott Bishop has been working in the financial services industry since 1995. In 2014, Scott joined Avidian Wealth Solutions (Avidian was formerly STA Wealth Management), as the Director of Financial Planning. Prior to joining Avidian, Scott was a founding partner at Sound Financial Solutions, L.P. and worked with Research Financial Strategies. Throughout his career, Scott has focused on working with his clients to customize the financial planning process to identify specific estate, business succession, investment and retirement strategies for individual clients and their businesses. In providing these services, our STA team utilizes a very comprehensive and customized approach that helps to assure that our client's planning and investment opportunities are identified and correctly addressed now and into the future. 

    Scott graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to his co-founding of Sound Financial Solutions, L.P., Scott worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. L.L.P; as a senior accountant for Energy Development Corporation and PetroCorp Incorporated; as a registered principal for Government Securities Corporation and Coastal Securities L.L.P; and as a financial advisor for Sagemark Consulting (the successor firm to CIGNA Financial Advisors). 

    Currently, Scott is a  CERTIFIED  FINANCIAL  PLANNERTM  practitioner  (CFP®)  and  a  Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Over the years, Scott has conducted Continuing Education courses  for Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Scott has both authored and has been interviewed for numerous articles in financial related publications and websites such as the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, CNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today, Money Magazine, Investopedia.com, Investment News, Kiplinger, WealthManagement.com, The AICPA Tax Section, BankRate.com, the Houston Business Journal and the CPA Forum. For his writings and contributions, Scott was named in 2019 as a Top 100 Financial Advisor in America by Investopedia.  Related to his retirement planning experience, Scott is also a member of the member of Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor GroupSM. 
     
    Scott was recently made an Advisory Board Member for the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Wealth Management Center.  He has been active as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) accreditation. Also, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Houston CPA Society and has been Chairman of the Personal Financial Planning Committee. He was also recognized for excellence by being named the Young CPA of the Year for 2002-2003 by the Houston CPA Society. This award was given based on an open nomination of the membership and submitted to the Houston CPA Society board (with consideration to community service, activity within the Houston CPA Society and being in good standing with the Texas Society of CPAs). Texas Monthly Magazine has also recognized Scott as a Five Star Wealth Manager from 2009 to 2012*.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2021 at 1:00 PM (MST)

    Building a quality financial planning practice requires a systematic, repeatable approach to client discovery and recommendation development.

    Building a quality financial planning practice requires a systematic, repeatable approach to client discovery and recommendation development. Incorporating “life centered” (qualitative) client data requires additional knowledge and skills. Helping client’s stay on course toward goal achievement as their lives ebb and flow can be the bane of an advisor’s existence. Someday, after you’ve built your practice, you’ll likely want to transition to your next phase of life; a life well lived.

    Learn the basic concepts of “Life Centered” Financial Planning. 

    Understand how our brains are wired to keep us from our goals.

    Understand the “What, Why and How” of a client’s goals and aspirations. 

    Learn repeatable life centered interviewing techniques 

    Learn how to keep a client on course as life ebbs and flows. 

             What Knocks Clients off Track?

             What Keeps Clients on Track?

    How to successfully transition your practice when the time comes.

     

    Robert V. Bolen, CFP®, CFA®, MBA, CeFT, FBS

    CEO, Founder, Touchstone Pathway

    Robert (Bob) V. Bolen, CFP(r), CFA, CeFT(r), FBS(r), is CEO and Founder of Touchstone Pathway, a Web-based, Client Discovery and Decision Support platform built for financial advisors. After receiving his MBA from Indiana University in 1986, he spent 14 years as a securities analyst. After a stint as CFO of an Internet startup, he has spent the last 18 years honing his craft as a CFP Practitioner. He built his own firm, Envision Wealth Planning, into a successful, life-centered financial planning practice before selling the firm in 2018 to begin focusing full time on Touchstone Pathway.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/09/2021 at 10:00 AM (MST)

    ​This session will investigate how, Covid aside, current concerns — today’s labor shortage, for instance, immigration pressures, inflation, deficit spending, and Fed policy — have roots in this country’s great demographic problem of an aging population.

    This session will investigate how, Covid aside, current concerns — today’s labor shortage, for instance, immigration pressures, inflation, deficit spending, and Fed policy — have roots in this country’s great demographic problem of an aging population.  After laying out the underlying situation, Milton will use it to offer a coherent analysis of current issues, where they will take the economy, and, of course, how markets will respond.

    Milton Ezrati

    Chief Economist

    Vested

    Milton Ezrati’s long career in finance has taught him to present compellingly on a wide variety of economic, financial, and political topics. He has spoken in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to audiences that consisted of financial professionals, academic, and political groups, and occasionally, the general public. Throughout his speaking career, Milton has been voted “Most Popular Speaker” by financial firms such as Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Raymond James. During the last 13 years as the senior economist and market strategist at Lord, Abbett & Co., his talks have largely taken a top-down approach to economic and market prospects. Within that broad area, Milton has had to emphasize diverse topics from market valuation to policy analysis, to economic prospects, and even to geopolitical risks. He has spoken for corporations like CitiCorp, JP Morgan Chase, Lionel Edie & Co., Manufacturers Hanover Investment Corp., and many more. His breadth of experience enables him to speak compellingly and entertainingly to any audience with investment and political-economic interest, professional, or otherwise. Milton Ezrati is the author of Thirty Tomorrows: The Next Three Decades of Globalization, Demographics, and How We Will Live as well as several other books.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2021 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    How will the financial planning and business development processes look in the future?

    How will the financial planning and business development processes look in the future? Join Joseph Buhrmann, Sr. Financial Planning Consultant with eMoney Advisor to discuss the future trends he sees taking hold as early as 2022, including ways in which data will be leveraged to empower clients and financial professionals, how integrated technology experiences allow planners to do more, and what addressing financial wellness across the masses will do to expand the boundaries of the financial planning profession. Valerie Rivera, eMoney Sr. Product Manager, will be joining Joseph to explore how these changes could impact business development efforts and pricing strategies for planning.

    • Identify key evolving areas of financial planning
    • Assess your digital marketing plan, understand the role of technology in evaluating financial planning strategies
    • Delivering an engaging client experience 

    Joseph Buhrmann, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

    Senior Financial Planning Consultant

    eMoney

    Joe serves as a Senior Financial Planning Practice Management Consultant at eMoney Advisor. With more than three decades in the financial services industry, Joe aligns his know-how and passion to help firms of all sizes increase usage, adoption, and engagement through a modern financial planning experience. He leverages his expertise and supports internal departments across the enterprise, helping Communications, Marketing, Relationship Management, and Sales. Joe attended Illinois State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Computer Science and his MBA.

    Valerie Rivera

    Senior Product Marketing Manager

    eMoney

    Valerie Rivera serves as Senior Product Marketing Manager at eMoney Advisor, responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy for eMoney’s suite of business development solutions. Working closely with product management and cross-functionally, Valerie designs brand messaging and positioning to support eMoney’s product roadmap and vision. Valerie began her career at eMoney in 2012 as an Account Executive and then a Live Trainer where she trained over 1,000 advisors on the eMoney platform – helping them drive success in their firms. Prior to coming to eMoney, Valerie worked for a Pharmaceutical Marketing Agency. She is a graduate of West Chester University where she earned her B.S. in Marketing. In her spare time you can find Valerie outdoors--snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking in her home in Colorado.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/03/2021 at 9:00 AM (MST)

    ​We live in a world of endless meetings, emails, and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication and delays.

    We live in a world of endless meetings, emails, and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication and delays. Our collaboration skills aren’t always working to unlock better value in our business. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough bottom line impact by harnessing the power of networks.

    • Learn successful tactics to address communication overload and foster authentic, innovation-driving relationships
    • Discover tools to break down silos and keep teams aligned, accountable, and motivated both in-person and online
    • Gain specific actions to foster loyalty

    Erica Dhawan

    Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. It’s 2021, the world of business is increasingly digital and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. Erica shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Rated #1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020 and featured as one of the management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, Erica frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wall Street Journal. Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to TEDx and for companies such as Coca-Cola, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, SAP, and Cisco. She has degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2021 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    This live rebroadcast satisfies the CFP Board Ethics CE requirement.

    This live rebroadcast fulfills the requirement for CFP Board approved Ethics CE. It has been designed to educate CFP® professionals on CFP Board's new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

    • Apply the Practice Standards when providing financial planning
    • Identify the structure and content of the revised Code and Standards, including significant changes and how the changes affect CFP professionals
    • Recognize situations when specific information must be provided to a client
    • Act in accordance with CFP Board's fiduciary duty
    • Recognize and avoid, or fully disclose and manage, Material Conflicts of Interest

    Darin Shebesta, CFP®, AIF®

    Wealth Advisor, Jackson/Roskelley Wealth Advisors, Inc.

    Darin Shebesta, CFP®, AIF® is a Wealth Advisor with Jackson/Roskelley Wealth Advisors, Inc.  Darin graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. He has also been featured or quoted in several publications including InvestmentNews, Forbes, CNBC, The Huffington Post, MarketWatch, Financial Planning, OnWallStreet, The Arizona Republic, American Funds, among others.

    Some of Darin's community involvement activities include past president, FPA of Greater Phoenix, 2015; member, FPA Annual Conference Task Force.  Darin has also been facilitating the CFP Ethics CE webinars for the FPA since 2018.

  • Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Self-study exam based on the Journal of Financial Planning, December 2021 Issue

    Self-study exam based on a thorough understanding of articles that include the topics of: Types of investment risk; Asset allocation and portfolio diversification; Alternative investments and liquidity risk; Client and planner attitudes, values, biases; Behavioral finance; Principles of counseling; General principles of effective communication; Tax reduction/management techniques; and Tax implications of special circumstances.

    Understand why adding home equity into a portfolio can help reduce risk of portfolio exhaustion.

    Understand how to implement scaffolding learning theory into client communication to aid client learning.

    Understand the long-term effects that adding one more year to a TDA could have to Medicare premiums for relatively wealthy clients.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Guest speaker Rodrigo Gordillo will be presenting, "Return Stacking: Strategies for Overcoming a Low Return Environment."

    The November 2021 Investment Planning Knowledge Circle will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 3 pm ET.  Guest speaker Rodrigo Gordillo will be presenting, "Return Stacking: Strategies for Overcoming a Low Return Environment." 

    In this presentation Rodrigo will cover:

    • Stretched valuations in equities and fixed income imply depressed returns and higher potential volatility for traditional portfolios.
    • Reaching for yield or increasing exposure to pro-cyclical assets may help compensate for low expected returns, but can increase portfolio risk.
    • Reducing exposure to equities and bonds to accommodate non-correlated assets or alternative strategies may reduce risk, but at the expense of lower potential returns and painful tracking error.
    • A novel investment concept, accessible to all investors, which is designed to seek higher returns with less risk and low tracking error by using new products which, in combination, can provide more than $1 of exposure for every dollar invested.
    • The proposed solution harnesses the full potential of traditional portfolios plus the opportunity for higher returns and risk reduction from non-correlated investments.
    • How capital efficiency allows for the introduction of non-correlated return streams that stack on top of core portfolio exposures.
    • How to maximize “Return Stacking” opportunities by choosing alternative fund managers already engaging in capital efficient strategies.

    Rodrigo Gordillo, CIM

    President & Portfolio Manager

    ReSolve Asset Managemetn Global™

    Rodrigo is President & Portfolio Manager of ReSolve Asset Management SEZC and has over 15 years of experience in investment management.

    He has co-authored the book Adaptive Asset Allocation: Dynamic Global Portfolios to Profit in Good Times – and Bad (Wiley) as well several whitepapers and research focused on adding new insights to the quantitative global asset allocation space. Rodrigo began his career on the institutional side with John Hancock before transitioning to the ultra-high net worth space at a boutique wealth management firm. Subsequently, Rodrigo continued to evolve his quantitatively focused investment methodology as Portfolio Managers at Macquarie Canada and Dundee Goodman Private Wealth before launching ReSolve Asset Management Inc in 2015 and ReSolve Asset Management SEZC in 2020.