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  • Philanthropic Solutions in Financial Planning

    The American Heart Association and the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) have joined together to deliver a learning series: Philanthropic Solutions in Financial Planning, an FPA & AHA Certificate Program, to support financial planners and their work in advising clients on philanthropic giving. 

    The educational curriculum has been customized for FPA members and presents topics on facilitating meaningful philanthropic conversations with clients using trusts and beneficiary designations that work to meet client objectives, and strategies to effectively guide your clients to develop a family philanthropy strategy. Additional course topics include an in-depth look at Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, private foundations, Donor Advised Funds, endowments and Charitable Lead Trusts. This series will address discussions around the tangible and intangible benefits of solutions in families and the role of family philanthropy in effective wealth and business succession. The six-part certificate learning series will begin on September 30, 2020. 

    • Course 1: The Benefits of Philanthropy and Ways to Engage Clients in Philanthropic Discussions
    • Course 2: Charitable Legacies through Bequests and Beneficiary Designations
    • Course 3: Deferred Gifts That Bring Great Comfort Today: Gift Annuities and Retained Life Estates
    • Course 4: Problem-Solving Applications of Charitable Remainder Trust
    • Course 5: Donor-Friendly Alternatives to the Private Foundation: Donor Advised Funds, Endowments and Charitable Lead Trusts
    • Course 6: Balancing Charitable and Family Legacies

    The American Heart Association and the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) have joined together to deliver a learning series: Philanthropic Solutions in Financial Planning, an FPA & AHA Certificate Program, to support financial planners and their work in advising clients on philanthropic giving. 

    The educational curriculum has been customized for FPA members and presents topics on facilitating meaningful philanthropic conversations with clients using trusts and beneficiary designations that work to meet client objectives, and strategies to effectively guide your clients to develop a family philanthropy strategy. Additional course topics include an in-depth look at Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, private foundations, Donor Advised Funds, endowments and Charitable Lead Trusts. This series will address discussions around the tangible and intangible benefits of solutions in families and the role of family philanthropy in effective wealth and business succession. The six-part certificate learning series will begin on September 30, 2020. 

    • Course 1: The Benefits of Philanthropy and Ways to Engage Clients in Philanthropic Discussions
    • Course 2: Charitable Legacies through Bequests and Beneficiary Designations
    • Course 3: Deferred Gifts That Bring Great Comfort Today: Gift Annuities and Retained Life Estates
    • Course 4: Problem-Solving Applications of Charitable Remainder Trust
    • Course 5: Donor-Friendly Alternatives to the Private Foundation: Donor Advised Funds, Endowments and Charitable Lead Trusts
    • Course 6: Balancing Charitable and Family Legacies
  • LGBTQ Financial Experience

    Product not yet rated Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2020 at 10:00 AM (MDT)

    The LGBTQ population contains between 16 - 20 million people in the US, with an estimated $884 billion in buying power as of 2014. Yet, LGBT investors tend to be more conservative and less diversified in their investing preferences than those of non-LGBT investors. Many same-sex couples say they need assistance with financial planning because of unique financial situations facing LGBT investors.

    The LGBTQ population contains between 16 - 20 million people in the US, with an estimated $884 billion in buying power as of 2014. Yet, LGBT investors tend to be more conservative and less diversified in their investing preferences than those of non-LGBT investors. Many same-sex couples say they need assistance with financial planning because of unique financial situations facing LGBT investors.


    • To better understand the financial concerns of the LGBTQ community and how the advisor population can better help LGBTQ investors
    • About the LGBTQ community 
    • The changing legislative landscape 
    • Unique circumstances, challenges, and priorities 
    • Financial concerns among LGBT investors 

    Josh Stoffregen-Foye

    Vice President, Head of Global Communications, Workplace Business, Prudential Financial

    A New Yorker who was raised in the Midwest, Stoffregen-Foye is a corporate spokesperson, ambassador and passionate advocate on retirement issues + the LGBT community + physical wellness.

    He currently leads global communications strategy and media relations for Prudential’s Workplace Solutions Group, which comprises Prudential Retirement and Prudential Group Insurance, both business units of Prudential Financial.
     
    Prior to Prudential, Stoffregen-Foye was a managing editor for the News Division at Institutional Investor. A distinctive storyteller, he enjoyed various reporting and columnist roles before leaving journalism for Corporate America. A favorite post of his early cub reporter days: his role as a writer at Missouri’s Ozarks Senior Living, a monthly covering the aging population of the Ozark Mountains.
     
    Stoffregen-Foye is currently on the Executive Committee of the Cancer Center Patient-Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a member of The LGBT Community Center of NYC’s Leadership Society and a key corporate partner to the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
     
    Other leadership experience includes his work as president for Prudential’s LGBTQA business resource group, PRIDE, from 2010 to 2014 and his role as president of Prudential’s ADAPT (Abled and Disabled Associates Partnering Together) business resource group from 2015 to 2016. He also served as the project lead and executive champion for Prudential’s enterprise-wide launch of the 2012 LGBT Financial Experience and the 2016 follow-up in a post marriage equality landscape.

  • Vanguard's ESG ETFs: Helping Clients Make an Impact

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2020 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    The year 2020 has made us more aware of the impact our choices have on others and the world at large, and has helped drive a new wave of investors in ESG as an investment category. Environmental, social, and governance—or ESG—refers to socially responsible factors that investors use to evaluate investments based on the issues that matter most to them. Investors tend to initially apply ESG screening to their equity allocation. But ESG applies to fixed income as much as equity. Experts at Vanguard will share how Vanguard thinks it can help advisers plan for a total ESG portfolio. Join Vanguard’s investment strategist Doug Grimm, and head of ETF product management Rich Powers as they dive into the world of ESG investing and introduce Vanguard’s newest ESG product, Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF, to the lineup. 

    The year 2020 has made us more aware of the impact our choices have on others and the world at large, and has helped drive a new wave of investors in ESG as an investment category. Environmental, social, and governance—or ESG—refers to socially responsible factors that investors use to evaluate investments based on the issues that matter most to them. Investors tend to initially apply ESG screening to their equity allocation. But ESG applies to fixed income as much as equity. Experts at Vanguard will share how Vanguard thinks it can help advisers plan for a total ESG portfolio. Join Vanguard’s investment strategist Doug Grimm, and head of ETF product management Rich Powers as they dive into the world of ESG investing and introduce Vanguard’s newest ESG product, Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF, to the lineup. 

    • Define ESG investing
    • Outline the four-step process for prudent ESG decision-making and screening process for ESG funds
    • Explain ESG’s role in clients’ portfolios and how to guide investors who are considering ESG funds
    • Illustrate the ESG fund approach, and how clients can examine and compare different ESG funds, including Vanguard’s ESG product lineup

    Richard Powers

    Fund and ETF Product Management Category Head Planning and Development, Vanguard

    Richard F. Powers is the head of ETF Product Management at Vanguard. His team is responsible for meeting with clients and prospects to discuss Vanguard’s ETF® lineup, conducting surveillance of competitor products, publishing on noteworthy developments in the ETF marketplace and Vanguard lineup, and enhancing Vanguard’s ETF lineup via changes to existing products or launching new products. He joined the firm in 1999, and before his current role, Powers was a senior member of the oversight and manager search team, which is responsible for identifying sub-advisory partners for Vanguard’s active fund lineup and monitoring the firm, people, process, portfolio, and performance of all existing Vanguard funds on behalf of Vanguard’s Global Investment Committee and board of directors.

    Douglas Grim, CFA

    Senior Investment Strategist Investment Management Group, Vanguard

    Doug Grim, CFA, is a senior investment strategist in Vanguard nvestment Strategy Group, where he leads the team that conducts research and provides thought leadership on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investing and factor-based portfolio construction. Previously, Grim was a senior investment consultant in Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services®. In that position, he provided asset allocation and portfolio construction recommendations, investment policy consulting, and capital markets research to institutional clients. He also served as team leader responsible for assisting other consultants with all asset allocation and asset/liability modeling studies conducted for clients. Grim is a member of the Advisory Board of The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing. He earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a CFA® charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

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