Meetings & Events

Just 2 more events in our 2021-2022 program year!

April 14, 2022: Virtual Midday program:  Be Prepared, Be Empowered, Speaker: Leslie Geller, Wealth Strategist at Capital Group

May 19, 2022: SYMPOSIUM! Live and In-person at the Hilton Garden Inn - Troy.

Save the date: CFP Ethics alert! September 15, 2022, Dan Candura, Wolferts Roost

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

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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.

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September 23, 2021 Thursday

1 hour

CE: 1 hour CFP, CPA by FPA NENY

Dean Skarlis 172x172 | Capital Region Chamber

Paying For College: Big Changes Are Coming

Speaker: Dr. Dean Skarlis, Founder and President, The College Advisor of New York

Changes are coming to the financial aid and college admissions process. These will affect clients of all types, including single/divorced parents, grandparents, and families with 2 or more children. Learn strategies to aid your clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the most up-to-date info about the changes to the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and the entire financial aid/scholarship process.
  2. Participants will understand how the Covid-19 related changes to the college admissions process will affect families.
  3. Participants will learn specific strategies to help save their clients money on college, including how grandparents can help fund college

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

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

Venue: Wolferts Roost Country Club

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October 21, 2021 Thursday

1 Hour:VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL

CFP/CPA CE 

Matthew Hougan

VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Crypto but Were Afraid to Ask

Speaker: Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer, Bitwise Asset Management

Everyone’s talking about crypto. Not only is it the time for you to join the conversation, it’s the time for you to lead it. Uniquely designed for financial advisors, this course will help you gain an understanding of cryptoassets and blockchain technology. You will also learn how to navigate client conversations related to crypto and explain crypto in plain English (no buzzwords!).

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Learn what crypto is and gain an understanding of why it matters
  2. Find out and be able to explain why there is more than one cryptoasset and how different cryptoassets compete
  3. Explore how crypto fits in a portfolio

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

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

VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

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November 18, 2021, Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Marty Finn

Top Gun: Maverick (2021) – New Trailer - Paramount Pictures - YouTube

Top Gun Tax Tactics: Stuff Even Maverick Doesn’t Know

Speaker: Martin S. Finn, JD, LL.M., CPA/PFS, Founding Partner, Lavelle & Finn, LLP

We will review recent federal and state income, estate, gift and fiduciary income tax developments important to your practice and your clients including a recap of any recently enacted or proposed legislative changes. We will discuss tax and non-tax options and strategies that your clients must consider implementing right now in this new and changing tax and financial world including year end tax strategies.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Awareness of relevant tax changes important to your financial planning practice and clients.
  2. Understanding of tax and non-tax planning strategies clients need to consider.
  3. Explanation of what year end tax planning strategies your clients need to implement immediately.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

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

Venue: Wolferts Roost Country Club

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December 16, 2021 Thursday

1 Hour VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL 

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Daniel Finley

VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

Virtual: Mastermind Workshop: Understanding the 5 Most Important Facets of Your Financial Services Business

VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

Speaker: Daniel Finley,  Speaker-Facilitator-Author-Consultant-Coach

Have you ever wondered why some advisors/agents continuously reach the next level of their business and some do not? It’s not a question of having more luck but simply one of having better systems. Advisors/Agents who want to get to the next level of their business must first understand why their current system(s) are not working. Then, they need to adjust or tweak their system(s and implement those changes and solutions!
Learning Objectives:
  1. Help advisors and agents learn about and from common challenges that a majority of them experience.
  2. Help advisors and agents learn how to integrate methodology, techniques and solutions that work.
  3. Help advisors and agents understand that many difficulties are similar for others and that those obstacles can be turned into opportunities.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time:  7:45 – 9:00 A.M. Program  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

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VIRTUAL: January 20, 2022 Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Our Team – Hugh Johnson Advisors

VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

Hugh Speaks: an update on financial markets given the current political and economic landscape

Speaker: Hugh Johnson, Chief Investment Officer, Founder, Partner, Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC

We welcome back one of our Chapter’s favorites: Hugh Johnson. Join us for Hugh’s discussion on where we have been, where we are, and where Hugh sees us heading in all things economic.  Hugh always rocks the house, be sure you attend!

Learning Objectives:

  1. How and why the economy is currently.
  2. Understand the economy now and the factors affecting industry.
  3. Learn what trajectory the economy will go within the next year.

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

Time: 7:45 – 9:00 A.M. Program

Venue:  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL   VIRTUAL  VIRTUAL

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February 17, 2022 Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Louis W. Pierro, Esq. | McDermott, Pierro & Mandery, LLP

In-person with a virtual option!

Estate Planning Update: What Your Clients Need to Know

Speaker:  Lou Pierro of Pierro, Connor & Strauss 

Attorney Louis Pierro goes beyond the basics of estate planning to provide advisors with Estate Planning updates and strategies for 2022 to safeguard assets and protect beneficiaries. Learn how you can guide your clients by helping them capture current tax benefits and protect wealth, as well as how planning can keep families out of unnecessary Guardianship and Probate court proceedings. Lou will also update you on new Medicaid rules taking effect in 2022 and talk about how to use “all tools in the toolbox” to maximize results for your clients. The integrated strategies can help you grow your book of business and retain clients and their families for generations.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to plan for new laws and regulations in 2022
    • Planning strategies for people with $4 mil or less
    • Planning strategies for people with $6 mil or more
    • Planning strategies for people with $4-$6 mil
  • Income and capital gains tax planning – Qualified Opportunity Zones
  • Sunset of Trump tax cuts in 2025, and what that means for clients
  • Planning for IRA’s, 401(k)’s, etc. under the Secure Act
  • Preserving the basis step up for appreciated assets
  • Benefits of Charitable Trusts
  • Planning for Long-Term Care
  • Protecting Your Legacy – Trusts for future generations

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

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

Venue:  Wolferts Roost Country Club

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March 17, 2022 Thursday

1 Hour

Author page for William Reichenstein | AAII

Tax-Efficient Withdrawal Strategies in Retirement

Speaker: Bill Reichenstein, Head of Research at Social Security Solutions, Inc. (ssanalyzer.com) and Retiree, Inc. (incomesolver.com)

Suggested Reading Prior to Program

I begin by explaining how the taxation of Social Security benefits and income-based Medicare premiums (i.e., IRMAAs) cause retirees’ marginal tax rates to substantially exceed their tax brackets on a wide range of their income. I show that the proper analytic framework for comparing withdrawal strategies in retirement should be based on marginal tax rates, while many professionals inappropriately use a framework based on tax brackets. I then present general withdrawal strategies that can add substantial value to four groups of retirees. Finally, I note the four factors that should be considered when considering a Roth conversion in 2021. To the best of my knowledge, www.incomesolver.com is the only software that considers all of these factors.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain how the taxation of Social Security benefits and income-based Medicare premiums (i.e., IRMAAs) cause retirees’ marginal tax rates to substantially exceed their tax brackets on a wide range of their income.
  2. Present tax-efficient withdrawal strategies for four groups of retirees.
  3. Note the incorrect analytic framework used by many professionals when considering withdrawal strategies in retirement..

Members: $35 | Non-members $55

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

Venue:   Wolferts Roost Country Club

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April 14, 2022 Thursday

1 hour 

CFP, CPA

This is a Midday presentation: 11:45 A.M. Login | 11:50 – 1:00 P.M.Program

Be Prepared, Be Empowered.

Speaker: Leslie Geller, Wealth Strategist at Capital Group 

Knowledge is power when it comes to being prepared for a spouse’s death or a divorce, yet many clients don’t even know the right questions to ask to access the information they need to insure their future financial security.  Although both spouses struggle with this problem, because of the prevalence of certain traditional gender roles, women in particular suffer the consequences of incomplete information when it comes to their rights and obligations upon death or divorce.  Advisors can make themselves trusted resources for the women in their books by showing them the types of questions that they should be asking their professional advisors during the financial planning process, and guiding them to the key pieces of information that they should be looking for in the responses.  Join Leslie Geller, a former tax and estate planning attorney, as she walks you through a hypothetical case study to highlight the potential pitfalls women may face upon the death of a spouse or divorce, the most important questions women should be asking to avoid these pitfalls, and the essential information women need to insure they feel empowered and prepared to manage their financial futures. 

Learning Objectives:     

  1. Understand the most common pitfalls that women face upon the death of a spouse or divorce, and why incomplete information is often the culprit
  2. Identify the key questions regarding rights and obligations upon death and divorce that women should be asking their estate planning attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors
  3. Identify the information “guideposts” that women can use to insure they come away with the key information they need to prepare for their financial futures 
  4. Learn how a focus on guiding women clients through this information-gathering process demonstrates immediate and deep value-add and can help the advisor both retain current assets and acquire new ones across generations and through family transitions

 

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

Time: 11:45 A.M. Login | 11:50 – 1:00 P.M.Program

Venue:  VIRTUAL

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May 19, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn, Troy

Our event will be IN PERSON!

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2022 FPA NENY 21st Annual Symposium – In Person

Course Descriptions and Learning Objectives

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Session 1: Guide to International Investing

Emily LIaoPresented by Emily Liao of American Funds

If you feel like international equities in your portfolios aren’t holding up their end of the bargain, then you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common concerns we hear today. And the global landscape remains as uncertain as ever. Recent geopolitical events, including the tragic conflict in the Ukraine, and an economic slowdown and ongoing regulatory issues in China and are just a few sources of uncertainty. After a decade of dominance by U.S. stocks, you might be wondering: Why bother investing outside the U.S.? This session will focus on navigating volatile international markets and discuss where international investors may be able to find relative stability in 2022 and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how international investing has changed
  2. Reasons for international investing today
  3. Discuss how to navigate volatile markets outside of the U.S.

Suggested Reading: Investment Impacts of War in Ukraine     10 Investment Themes for 2022

CE pending

Session 2: Priceless: the Language of Value

Jay TherrienPresented by Jay Therrien of  Invesco

Fees are on sale. Should you join the discounters or should you learn how to better communicate your value?

Invesco Global Consulting teamed up with political consultant and word specialist, Maslansky + Partners, for a 6-month study on what investors think. What do they value and how should their financial professionals respond? Do they want “low cost” or “high value”? A “Financial Plan” or “financial planning”? “Discretionary accounts” or “financial professional-managed accounts”?

The study included financial professional interviews, investor dial sessions and a survey of 1,000 North American investors. The research uncovered new “cries” from investors and resonating responses from financial planning professionals when defending, defining, and delivering value.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to explain and communicate fees to best serve your investors.
  2. How to really deliver on value
  3. Resonating words, phrases, and sequence of the value conversation

Suggested reading: Priceless Fact Card

CE pending

Session 3: Avoid Getting Fired – The Family Wealth Conversation

Doug OrtonPresented by Doug Orton  of MFS

Sometimes Transferring Wealth to the Next Generation Family can fail.  This is damaging for relationships and impacts the assets you want to have. This session will help advisors understand why family wealth transfers can fail, how to avoid mistakes and how to communicate between family members for successful transfers of wealth.

 

 

  Learning Objectives:

  1. Uncover what a failed wealth transfer looks like and why it failed. 
  2. Learn ways to avoid these mistakes. 
  3. Take away specific ways to communicate better before it’s too late.  Avoid getting fired.

Suggested reading:

Family Wealth Management: Tips for a successful transition between generations – Financial BasicsFamily Financial Map – Financial Basics

CE pending


Session 4: Hidden Risks & Trends in Portfolio Construction

John BrysonPresented by John Bryson of John Hancock Mutual Funds

Obtains real-time insight from over 1,000 advisor portfolio consulting engagements and highlights the common hidden risks and mistakes advisors are making in their model portfolios today in his presentation,

 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn from the Aggregation of 1,000 + portfolio consulting engagements
  2. Learn most recent trends in portfolio constructions
  3. Discover common hidden risks/mistakes

Here is a link to the Monthly Podcast series that John hosts: https://www.jhinvestments.com/portfolio-intelligence-podcast

CE pending.

Session 5: Road Map To Retirement:Top IRA Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Doug OrtonPresented by Doug Orton  of MFS

Commonly made IRA planning mistakes put clients’ retirement plans in jeopardy and threaten client–advisor relationships. This session can help avoid these common mistakes so that clients can make the most of their IRA savings. We’ll focus on problem areas, including beneficiary designations, spousal inheritance options and IRA, Roth IRA and RMD issues.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Uncover common mistakes.
  2. Learn ways to avoid these mistakes.
  3. Take away techniques and resources to market this intellectual capital back to your clients so you can capture and retain more qualified assets.

Suggested reading: Top IRA planning mistakes – Retirement Basics

CE pending.

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Reg/Breakfast at 8:15am
1:  9:00 to 9:50am
2:  10:15 to 11:05am
3:  11:25am to 12:15pm
Lunch 12:15pm – 1:00pm
4:  1:00-1:50pm
5:  2:00 to 2:50pm
Raffle & Happy Hour!