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FPA-NENY programs can help 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 24, 2020 Thursday

1 hour, 40 minutes

CE: CFP® by Candura


VIRTUAL: New Standards for a Fiduciary World: Understanding CFP Board’s

Speaker: Dan Candura, CFP BOARD EMERITUS™, founder of Candura Group, LLC


Learning Objectives:

  • Discussion of Act’s impact on individuals and their businesses
  • Understanding Section 199A
  • What do financial advisors need to know?

Members: $40 | Non-members $60

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

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October 15, 2020 Thursday

1 Hour


Jamie Hopkins

VIRTUAL: Retirement Income Planning After SECURE And CARES Acts

Speaker: Jamie Hopkins, Esq., LLM, MBA, CFP®, RICP®

2020 has been a year of change, but many client goals remain the same. Clients want security in their retirement income plans, but the rules keep changing with the SECURE Act and CARES Act shifting the legal and tax landscape significantly. Best planning strategies for Roth IRAs, tax loss harvesting, conversions, rollovers, RMDs, beneficiaries, new distribution strategies and QCDs all being impacted by the new rules.

Learning Objectives:  

  • Being more agile in responding to challenges.
  • Managing risks through mitigation and response strategies.
  • Developing trust in professional relationships.

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

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


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November 19, 2020, Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Marty Finn

VIRTUAL: To Roth or Not to Roth & Other Tax Planning Tidbits in a Post-COVID World 

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

A review of relevant tax changes and planning opportunities to share with clients after a personal and financial maelstrom. We will discuss everything from SECURE Act planning options including ROTH conversions to tax changes in Stimulus bills to year end tax planning opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. ROTH conversion analysis in a down market.
  2. Tax strategies in a down economy.
  3. Year end tax planning opportunities.

Members: $30| Non-members $45

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

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December 17, 2020 Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Virtual: Succession Planning Strategies For Your Retirement

Speaker: Suzanne Lawrence, Advisor Business Solution

Planning for clients has always been the #1 goal, but less than 50% of advisors have a succession plan in place, even during a pandemic. How might an unanticipated sudden or gradual change impact your practice, clients and lifestyle? Preparing for your next 1, 3, or 5+ years requires thoughtful planning, emotional checkpoints and realistic expectations in good and unexpected times.
Hear key points and action items on how to be proactive with your planning. In this interactive webinar you will learn:
  • What impact COVID-19 had on valuations this year
  • What types of exit planning strategies to consider
  • What adjustments savvy advisors are making in their practice
  • What are the biggest assumptions that can hurt your goals
Approved for CFP CE .

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

Time:  7:45 – 9:00 A.M.Program

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January 21, 2021 Thursday


Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

VIRTUAL: WINDS OF CHANGE: an update on financial markets given the current political and economic landscape

Speaker: Brad Rutan – MFS

Since the dawn of time winds have shaped our planet, and while humans are unable to control where, when and how the wind blows, it hasn’t stopped us from attempting to harness it, particularly for our benefit.  Analogously, there are four distinct winds which are currently, or soon to be, affecting risk in the market.  These winds of change have originated out of government stimulus, corporate credit, politics and globalization.   Just as humans are powerless to control the wind, investors cannot control these winds of change.  Fortunately, the absence of control does not equate to a lack of opportunity.  Join MFS’s Brad Rutan to explore how investors can take advantage of these developments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the current and near future market risks.
  2. Learning the associated risks of Government stimulus, corporate credit, politics, and globalization.
  3. Finding the opportunities within each risk factor.

Time: 7:45 A.M. Login | 7:50 – 9:00 A.M.Program

Venue:   VIRTUAL

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February 11, 2021 Thursday

1 Hour

Expected CE: CFP® and CPA

Market Intelligence – a comprehensive review of the investment landscape 

Speaker: Emily Roland, Co-Chief Investment Strategist at John Hancock

In today’s global financial markets and nonstop news cycle, it can be hard to cut through the noise and identify the trends that matter most. For a clearer view, join our Market Intelligence call, a comprehensive review of the investment landscape across key markets and asset classes that leverages the insight of dozens of asset managers and investment research firms. We’ll cover: The research behind Market Intelligence The outlook for U.S. and international stocks and bonds, Strategies for 2021 and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding how our economy has evolved to current day
  2. Immediate outlook for US and international markets
  3. Investment strategies for 2021 and beyond.

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

Time: 7:45 A.M. Login | 7:50 – 9:00 A.M.Program


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March 18, 2021 Thursday

1 Hour

Recent Changes in the provision of Home Care in New York: What you need to know.

Speaker: Tara Anne Pleat, Esq.

During the 2020 NY legislative session, sweeping changes were made to the eligibility standards and tools for Medicaid funded home care for our seniors and other individuals with disabilities. Our program will focus on those changes, the home care process itself, and what advisors and practitioners should be telling their clients given the current landscape.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Home Care Application Process;
  2. Understand the new look back for home care and the programs to which it applies;
  3. Ensure advisors are giving their clients realistic and real life advice so families know what to expect.

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

Time: 7:45 A.M. Login | 7:50 – 9:00 A.M.Program

Venue:   VIRTUAL

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April 22, 2021 Thursday

1 hour 

CFP, CPA CE approved

Health Meets Wealth: HSAs Role in Retirement Savings 

Speaker: Ryan Tiernan – American Funds

Rising health care costs are critically affecting the way people save for  retirement. To help participants save more for retirement, advisors need  to know how to talk with clients (employers and employees) about how  health care costs can affect retirement readiness. One way to do that is  to understand health savings accounts (HSAs). As more advisors become  fiduciaries, this understanding can help them provide even more value to  clients while differentiating their practices. 

Health Meets Wealth: What Role Do Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) Play in Retirement  Investing? is a presentation designed to help intermediaries better serve their plan  sponsor clients by addressing participants’ overall well-being and planning for  retirement success. 

In this session, we will focus on three key areas:  

Health Care’s Impact on Retirement 

We will discuss how rising health care costs are affecting both the employer’s  bottom line as well as the employee’s available benefit allowance. 

The Value of Understanding HSAs 

We will show how, by understanding HSAs, intermediaries can expand their  value proposition and further differentiate their practices from other defined  contribution advisors.  

Considerations for HSA Investments 

We will provide some guidelines for investments within an HSA, including target  audience considerations, investment thresholds, share class optimization and  target date funds as a potential solution.  

Please join us for this informative and action-oriented discussion. 

Members: $30 | Non-members $45

Time: 7:45 A.M. Login | 7:50 – 9:00 A.M.Program


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May 13, 2021


Excellent speakers

VIRTUAL (pants required)


2021 All attendees GUIDE

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FPA NENY 20th Annual Symposium (virtual)

Course Descriptions and Learning Objectives

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Session 1: Power Brand
Presented by Sheridan Culhane of MFS

Addresses how advisors can brand themselves by being significant in the lives of their very best clients; leads advisors through several exercises on how to think about branding and service to others in the context of great connections.

CE offered by MFS

Session 2: Positioning for the Next Economic Cycle
Presented by Brian Levitt of Invesco

As the US and rest of the world emerge from the Global Pandemic, we believe many portfolios are not positioned for the next cycle.  Invesco’s Global Market Strategist, Brian Levitt will discuss the current economic cycle and outlook, asset classes that are attractive, and what it means for portfolio construction

Learning Objectives:

  1. Seeking Income:  Fixed Income is current environment
  2. Evolving the core:  The US Large Capital market
  3. Global Opportunity:  Are non-US assets an opportunity today?

CE approved.

Session 3: Ongoing Soap Opera of Health Care Reform
Presented by Dr. Carolyn McClanahan of Life Planning Partners

Health care reform has been an ongoing saga since the years of Franklin Roosevelt. Through the decades, health care has become more convoluted and expensive and is now unaffordable for many. The Affordable Care Act was passed to address this challenge, but political infighting diminished the effectiveness of this legislation. We may be turning the tide with changes to the ACA through the American Rescue Plan.

Dr. McClanahan will share a brief history of reform, an update on the cost of health care, and brings you up to date on the health insurance changes through the American Rescue Plan.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Advisors will understand the challenges of health care policy in the United States.
  2. Advisors will learn about the health insurance changes in the American Rescue Plan.
  3. Advisors will learn to help clients plan for health care coverage given the changes in the Affordable Care Act.

CE approved.

Session 4: Navigating the New Insurance World for Optimal Client Plans
Presented by Bob Vandy of AIB and Mary Beth Hofmeister of Shipp Financial.

As the Chinese proverb goes – Change = Opportunity + Challenge. Are YOU ready for both? The last year has seen a multitude of changes in the insurance world, and ALL of them impact the consequence planning you do for your clients. PBR, CSO, BI (Reg. 187 in the insurance world), SECURE (Act) – each acronym has a specific meaning for you, and your client, in 2020 and beyond.

Join Bob Vandy and Mary Beth Hofmeister as they walk you through these changes, and demonstrate how you can approach your client interactions from both a defensive (challenge) AND offensive (opportunity) standpoint.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ensure attending planners have a firm grasp on the recent changes, and what they mean to both the planner and the client
  2. Translate recent product changes in insurance pricing and design to the creation and maintenance of the best quality client financial plan
  3. Recognizing, and taking action on, opportunities relative to those changes, to improve client outcomes

CE approved.

Session 5: Bridging the Relational Finance Gap: How to be more productive and profitable while advising married clients with relationship challenges
Presented by Dr. Travis Parry, Live Life on Purpose

Have you ever met with a married couple who showed signs of relationship problems? Most financial professionals do and they are simply not serving them well, creating a dip in productivity and loss of revenue!

Dr. Parry presents the research behind the relational and financial gap and explains what every financial professional needs to know to help at-risk couples.

Have you ever met with a married couple who showed signs of relationship problems? Most financial professionals do and they are simply not serving them well, creating a dip in productivity and loss of revenue! Dr. Parry presents the research behind the relational and financial gap and explains what every financial professional needs to know to help at-risk couples.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify relational issues that they can either help with and refer to other relationship professionals
  2. Be equipped to help couples with relationship problems to better understand the issues and communicate with them
  3. Improve the effectiveness of the financial planning process by serving married couples with relationship issues better

CE approved.

Session 6: Responsible Investing is Good Business
Presented by Lenore Reiner of Eaton Vance

Reviews the history of responsible investing, Clarifies the terminology and Presents a compelling case for initiating responsible investing conversations with clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is Responsible Investing?
  2. What are the trends that are driving the growth in responsible investing?
  3. How can you execute responsible investing – covering the various methods/styles.

CE approved.

Session 7: Planning Options Under the SECURE Act
Presented by Lou Pierro of Pierro, Connor & Strauss

With an increasing percentage of your clients’ assets owned through IRAs and qualified retirement plans, navigating the new provisions of the SECURE Act is paramount for financial advisors. Teamwork among advisors, accountants and estate planning attorneys is necessary now more than ever to navigate the “10 Year Rule” and bring about the optimal results for our clients.

This session will explore the strategic advantages of the most popular planning techniques, and demonstrate the use of software tools to compare the results of: – Early withdrawals to fund the purchase of life insurance -Converting to a ROTH IRA -Naming a Charitable Remainder Trust as beneficiary -Utilizing the exceptions contained in the new law to continue the ‘stretch’ -The proper method to name trusts as beneficiaries to achieve asset protection -Estate and gift tax planning under the SECURE Act

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand strategies for early withdrawals to fund the purchase of life insurance
  2. Master techniques to manage tax consequences of the SECURE Act through Roth conversions and Charitable Trusts and combine them with wealth replacement
  3. Learn how exceptions to the Ten Year Rule can save the ‘stretch,’ including optimal trust designs

CE approved.

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