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31st Annual FPA of Connecticut State Conference

Welcome to the largest Financial Planning Conference in Connecticut!    This conference is about the future of Financial Planning and the resources that you will need to survive and flourish.   We have assembled the most current and interesting topics and speakers to provide you with insight and effective strategies.    
 
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A total of 6 CFP and 4 CT Insurance or 4 CPWA, CIMA, CIMC CE credits are possible.   Sessions will be filled with ideas that could push your success in your practice to record levels.   
 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7:15 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Location

Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry St
Plantsville   CT   06479
(860)621-9335
FAX    (860)276-9966
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Speakers



Micheal Clear
Partner
Wiggin and Dana
Hot Topics in Estate Planning


Paul Czepiga
CzepigaDalyPope
POA Pitfalls: Minimize Your Liability and Protect Your Client


Dan Daniels
Wiggin and Dana
Hot Topics in Estate Planning


Claire Durand, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
Director, Advanced Marketing
Transamerica Brokerage
Planning for the Foreign National Market


Jody Goss
The Producers Firm
Using Insurance Products To Increase Diversification and Portfolio Stability


Peter Hill
State Street Global Advisors
Building Portfolios With ETFs: Do It On Your Own or Outsource It?


Ann Hughes, M. Ed.
Founder and President
The Female Affect
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Women Need More: Keys to Becoming the Financial Professional of Choice for Women and Couples


Donald Klepper-Smith
Chief Economist
DataCore Partners, LLC
MORNING KEYNOTE: New Perspectives on the CT Economy: Navigating the New Economic Normal and Coping with Structural Change


Michael Lecours
Ohanesian/Lecours, Inc.
Building Portfolios With ETFs: Do It On Your Own or Outsource It?


Timothy McCarthy
U.S. Wealth Advisors, LLC
Town Hall Format - Succession Planning Panel for Planners


Kathleen McQuiggan
Senior Vice President, Global Women's Strategies
Pax World Management LLC
Investing in Companies that Invest in Women


Dean A. Mioli, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CIMA®, CLU
SEI Advisor Network
Investment Tax Strategies and the Charitable Trust Renaissance


Thomas Morrone, CFP®, CPA
Owner/Principal
U.S. Wealth Management
Town Hall Format - Succession Planning Panel for Planners


John Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST
U.S. Wealth Management
Tales of the Tax Return: Discovering Client Gaps and Hidden Opportunities in a Tax Return


Brendan O'Neill
Senior Regional Director
Lockwood Advisors, Inc., an affiliate of Pershing,
Building Portfolios With ETFs: Do It On Your Own or Outsource It?


Jessica Perez
Vice President of Sales Northeast Region
Walton International Group (USA), Inc.
Diversifying Within Real Estate


James Schomburg, JD, LLM
Senior Consultant, Retirement Strategies Group, Northeast
Pacific Life
Social Security and Today’s Family


Michael J. Tucker
T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.
Tax Planning Strategies for 2015


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Agenda

 


Donald Klepper-Smith
Chief Economist
DataCore Partners, LLC

Apr 22 2015 8:00AM


MORNING KEYNOTE: New Perspectives on the CT Economy: Navigating the New Economic Normal and Coping with Structural Change


Update on key metrics for the US and CT economies: Job growth, Consumer Fundamentals, and the Outlook for Interest Rates in 2015.



Dan Daniels
Wiggin and Dana

Micheal Clear
Partner
Wiggin and Dana

Apr 22 2015 9:25AM


Hot Topics in Estate Planning


Everything old is new again. Over the past decade, the estate planning environment has been in constant change. However, there are several fundamental areas that should be considered with all clients. This seminar will review several “hot topics” often central to our clients’ concerns. Specifically, the speakers will discuss incapacity planning, avoiding probate, state level estate and gift tax, lifetime gifting, testamentary planning, asset protection, fiduciary selection, retirement benefits and charitable planning.



Kathleen McQuiggan
Senior Vice President, Global Women's Strategies
Pax World Management LLC

Apr 22 2015 9:25AM


Investing in Companies that Invest in Women


Research shows that companies that embrace gender diversity on their boards and in management often experience improved performance and profitability.



Michael J. Tucker
T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.

Apr 22 2015 9:25AM


Tax Planning Strategies for 2015


Topics covered include: The 2014 Extender Legislation—what it did and will it be extended to 2015; Affordable Care Act—new tax reporting rules and new tax forms for 2015; Recent developments relating to IRAs and qualified plans; The new final repair regulations—the number one agenda item for tax practitioners and their clients for 2015.


Apr 22 2015 10:50AM


Investment Tax Strategies and the Charitable Trust Renaissance


The session objective is to help advisors learn about how to provide more tax efficient strategies and planning advice through the framework of Charitable Remainder Trusts. Many times, people think of trusts as just a legacy bucket or a way to protect assets. This presentation is designed to help advisors rethink the way to potentially use planning techniques and trusts, specifically the charitable remainder trust.



Claire Durand, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®
Director, Advanced Marketing
Transamerica Brokerage

Apr 22 2015 10:50AM


Planning for the Foreign National Market


Sponsored by Agent Support Group- a Multi Carrier Life Brokerage Agency. The objective of the session is to educate the members on the great sales opportunities that are now available for estate planning for Foreign Nationals and what there is available in the marketplace for them to use. It is one of the largest and fastest growing areas of the Life Insurance Business. This is important because of the timing as well. If you read the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, any major news source in a major city, you will find the large number of foreign nationals moving to the US, buying property for them, their children etc. Because of the limited number of specialists in the area of planning for the Foreign National, we feel that this is a great area of interest to any Life Insurance advisor, CFP, CPA, attorney or any advisor dealing with Foreign Nationals.



John Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST
U.S. Wealth Management

Apr 22 2015 10:50AM


Tales of the Tax Return: Discovering Client Gaps and Hidden Opportunities in a Tax Return


Many financial advisors ask for a copy of a client’s tax return, yet few know how to read that return beyond discovering how much interest or dividend income they have. As Advisors, we already know how to read the tax return, but are we reading into the return or between the lines to offer a better service to our clients? A thorough understanding of the information shown on the tax return will lead to insights about the client’s family, estate plan, succession plan, tax plan, retirement plan and investment plan. From personal returns through sophisticated entity returns, in this session you will learn the right questions to ask when reading a tax return for a client or prospect to discover their unmet needs and serve them at a level higher than most Advisors they’ve encountered. You’ll know when you are asking the right questions when your client looks at you and asks: “why didn’t my prior advisor raise these issues”?



Ann Hughes, M. Ed.
Founder and President
The Female Affect

Apr 22 2015 12:00PM


LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Women Need More: Keys to Becoming the Financial Professional of Choice for Women and Couples


We know the statistics, women will control nearly two-thirds of the consumer wealth in America in the coming decade, but what does that mean for you? Women want to work with a financial professional who understands both the financial and emotional considerations of their lives and financial future. The Female Affect adds a new twist to traditional women and investing presentations by sharing personal experiences, preferences and real life examples of females and their relationships with financial professionals unlocking simple but often overlooked keys to success. Ann provides strategies to approach your practice with a fresh perspective, as well as, practical action steps to assist you in deepening your relationships with existing clients and ideas to help you acquire new female clients.



Jessica Perez
Vice President of Sales Northeast Region
Walton International Group (USA), Inc.

Apr 22 2015 1:35PM


Diversifying Within Real Estate


The objective is to educate members about the Real Estate Cycle and the diversification within each stage. Attendees with all experience levels will gain valuable insights in this overview of real estate investments with sample portfolio uses, historical returns of various asset classes, land investment Risks & Rewards, credible indicators, the 5 stages of land development and their associated investment options.



Paul Czepiga
CzepigaDalyPope

Apr 22 2015 1:35PM


POA Pitfalls: Minimize Your Liability and Protect Your Client


More than ever before, powers of attorney have become a critical component to your client’s financial plan - and one that can put you at risk. With people living longer, Alzheimer’s disease on the rise, and as the greatest inter-generational transfer of wealth occurs, we’re seeing an increase in elder abuse. Combine this with second marriages and step-children, and the POA becomes a document that you don’t want to misinterpret. What happens if you follow a client’s request then discover the power of attorney provisions for that action are invalid? Will the POA hold you harmless? Are you prepared to address the myriad of issues that could occur from a POA that is flawed? How can you spot the flaws ahead of time? In this session, you’ll learn how to identify weaknesses in POAs, how to determine the validity of a POA, and how to ascertain that it conveys appropriate authority. Arming yourself with this knowledge will not only protect you, it also increases your value to your clients as you’ll be better able to guide and protect them.



Thomas Morrone, CFP®, CPA
Owner/Principal
U.S. Wealth Management

Timothy McCarthy
U.S. Wealth Advisors, LLC

Apr 22 2015 1:35PM


Town Hall Format - Succession Planning Panel for Planners


This session will focus on the various elements of succession planning that most advisory firms should be considering and evaluating. After outlining some of the key variables and challenges to professionals concerning this topic, three panelists will be interviewed regarding some background on their firms and steps they have taken and implemented. The panel discussion will be moderated by John Napolitano and will highlight three different firms. * One firm has a succession plan in a partnership format with a lead advisor and two associate advisors designed as the co-successors of the firm in the event of death and/or permanent or partial disability of the lead advisor. They also have a structured deferred buy/sell agreement. * The second firm is a retirement minded advisor who is the original founder of the firm. His son has been in the business for several years and they have implemented a succession and contingency plan that outlines a long-term structured buy/sell agreement and also addresses death and disability. *The third firm is strictly a contingency plan in the event of death of the principal of the firm. The principal has an agreement in place with another firm of similar culture that has the same business philosophies regarding clients. Though all three plans are totally different in design, all have the legal documents in place, supported by business valuations that protect the founders or principals of the firms, their families and most importantly, their clients.



Michael Lecours
Ohanesian/Lecours, Inc.

Peter Hill
State Street Global Advisors

Brendan O'Neill
Senior Regional Director
Lockwood Advisors, Inc., an affiliate of Pershing,

Apr 22 2015 2:55PM


Building Portfolios With ETFs: Do It On Your Own or Outsource It?


This session will try to answer the following questions: Where do ETFs fit within a portfolio? Should an advisor build their portfolios on their own or outsource it? What are the pros and cons to each option? What are some specific tips to evaluate ETFs or ETF strategies? How should advisors begin the discussion with a client about ETF portfolios?



James Schomburg, JD, LLM
Senior Consultant, Retirement Strategies Group, Northeast
Pacific Life

Apr 22 2015 2:55PM


Social Security and Today’s Family


Social Security has undergone significant changes since its inception in the 1930s. Families have changed as well. Retirees have been divorced or widowed, and some may have minor children or dependent parents. This presentation will look at some of the ways today's families may optimize Social Security. The goal of this one-hour presentation is to provide an overview of retiree income needs, funding sources, and the benefits provided by Social Security. Following explanations of Full Retirement Age, Primary Insurance Amount, and eligibility, several claiming strategies for optimizing Social Security benefits will be discussed. Issues related to taxation of benefits will also be addressed. The presentation concludes with three case studies.



Jody Goss
The Producers Firm

Apr 22 2015 2:55PM


Using Insurance Products To Increase Diversification and Portfolio Stability


The objective of this presentation is to help financial advisors see the correlation of traditional asset classes and the need for a non-correlated class. This non-correlated asset class can come from a variety of insurance products. Insurance and Social Security is generally not reviewed under the scope of portfolio diversification, especially as it relates to actuarial design. This presentation will demonstrate planning strategies that will add stability and reliability of income to a retirement plan.



Sessions

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DateCourse Title/DescriptionStartCFP®CIMA/CIMCCT Ins
Apr 22, 2015 MORNING KEYNOTE: New Perspectives on the CT Economy: Navigating the New Economic Normal and Coping with Structural Change Donald Klepper-Smith 8:00 A 1.00
Hot Topics in Estate Planning Dan Daniels Micheal Clear 9:25 A 1.00 1.00
Investing in Companies that Invest in Women Kathleen McQuiggan 1.00 1.00
Tax Planning Strategies for 2015 Michael J. Tucker 1.00
Investment Tax Strategies and the Charitable Trust Renaissance Dean A. Mioli, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CIMA®, CLU 10:50 A 1.00 1.00
Planning for the Foreign National Market Claire Durand, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® 1.00 1.00
Tales of the Tax Return: Discovering Client Gaps and Hidden Opportunities in a Tax Return John Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST 1.00
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Women Need More: Keys to Becoming the Financial Professional of Choice for Women and Couples Ann Hughes, M. Ed. 12:00 P 1.00
Diversifying Within Real Estate Jessica Perez 1:35 P 1.00 1.00
POA Pitfalls: Minimize Your Liability and Protect Your Client Paul Czepiga 1.00 1.00
Town Hall Format - Succession Planning Panel for Planners Thomas Morrone, CFP®, CPA Timothy McCarthy
Building Portfolios With ETFs: Do It On Your Own or Outsource It? Michael Lecours Peter Hill Brendan O'Neill 2:55 P 1.00 1.00
Social Security and Today’s Family James Schomburg, JD, LLM 1.00 1.00
Using Insurance Products To Increase Diversification and Portfolio Stability Jody Goss 1.00 1.00