All sessions listed below are in Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST). Note: The simulcast will be in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).

Sunday, February 25, 2024

On February 25, earn 2.0 CFP® CEs and 2.0 NAPFA CEs for CFP® Board’s Revised Code and Ethics program.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Preconference Workshop: CFP® Boards Revised Code and Standards

Dr. Philip Gibson

This two-hour presentation meets the ethics CE requirement for CFP® professionals. It has been designed to educate CFP® professionals on CFP Board's new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct effective October 1, 2019.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the structure and content of the revised Code and Standards, including significant changes from prior rules
  • Describe CFP Board’s Fiduciary Duty
  • Identify material conflicts of interest and how to avoid, or fully disclose, obtain informed consent, and manage them
  • Understand the duty to report to CFP Board and the duty to cooperate
  • Identify the practice standards when providing financial planning or financial advice that requires financial planning
  • Understand the duty to provide information to clients when providing financial advice and/or financial planning

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception

Monday, February 26, 2024

On February 26, earn 5.0 NAPFA CEs and 5 CFP® CEs.

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Registration / Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Opening Remarks

8:15 - 9:15 AM

National and Regional Economic Update

Laura Dawson Ullrich

This presentation will discuss both national and regional economic data. Special attention will be paid to employment, economic growth, and inflation. A look back at 2023 and a look forward to 2024 will be included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current national economic conditions
  • Examine the past and current landscape of employment both nationally and regionally
  • Discuss the current path of inflation reduction and the Federal Reserve's actions to return to the 2% inflation target

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Communicating and Coping in Times of Stress, Uncertainty, and Loss

Amy Florian, FT, MA

In times of stress, uncertainty, and loss, advisors need to learn the underpinnings of your clients' emotional experience. Then, gain practical communication skills so clients feel supported through it. In this session advisors can expect to add several tested coping strategies that you can use for yourself and recommend to clients. Attendees will come out with a dose of hope and inspiration for an even better future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the six types of loss or change that trigger emotional reactions, so you can name them for your clients and let them know you "get" them
  • Understand the skills for communicating during these difficult times so you can put them into practice
  • Learn and implement several tested strategies for coping with stress, uncertainty, change, and loss that you can use in your office and to help clients cope with it all

10:45 - 11:45 AM

ESOPs for RIAs

Peter Lucas and Christel Hemenez

By the end of this session, participants will be able to comprehend the structure, purpose, and key features of ESOPs, evaluate the tax advantages and legal considerations associated with them, and analyze the governance and other important details of ESOPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand ESOPs: structure, purpose, and key features
  • Identify tax advantages and legal considerations
  • Learn about governance and other key details

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


1:00 - 2:00 PM

An Advisor’s Toolbox to Help Dual-Career Couples Navigate Life Transitions

Brooklyn H. Brock, CFP®️, CEPA®️, ChFC®️, CKA®️

Have you noticed that the number of dual-career couples is on the rise? Advisors are expected to advise them on career and life decisions with long-term planning implications. Usually, couples are told that one person must sacrifice their goals for their partner’s career, leaving one or both partners unfulfilled in work or at home. However, research now provides options for both partners to thrive in love and work at every stage of their relationship. This session will cover the three major transitions dual career couples face, along with traps to avoid and tools to navigate those transitions. The presenter will outline a Couple Contract exercise advisors can add to their toolbox to help dual-career couples make financial decisions that align with their values. Whether you are in a dual-career couple relationship yourself or serve financial planning clients in this demographic, this is a session you won’t want to miss.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the three transitions of dual career couples
  • Learn the traps to avoid and tools to navigate transitions
  • Learn to use couple contracting as a roadmap

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Indexing is an Active Decision

Will Collins-Dean, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Index funds are increasingly popular. According to Morningstar, assets in index funds overtook active funds at the end of 2023. Index funds have demonstrated benefits, however there are also drawbacks investors should be aware of. What’s the price you pay for simplicity? Are indexes a true representation of the market? Are you leaving money on the table with index funds? Attend this session to learn the answers to these questions and Dimensional's approach, which improves upon traditional index investing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the decisions index providers make when constructing widely tracked indexes
  • Understand the tradeoffs index managers face when tracking an index
  • Learn about the benefits of flexibility when delivering an investment solution

2:15 - 3:15 PM

End of the Fed Hiking Cycle: Opportunities and Risks in Fixed income

Matt Brill, CFA, Invesco

The session will cover the opportunities and risks in the bond market as the Federal Reserve pivots from hiking rates to cutting. Topics covered will include when the Fed will cut and how quickly, and what economic variables will impact their decisions over the next 12-18 months. In addition, we will discuss the shape of corporate balance sheets and whether investors should be taking on more or less credit risk in their portfolios.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand where the data is taking the Fed's rate positioning
  • Lean what kind of timeline to expect for rate policy change
  • Understand how we should be viewing credit risk in today's environment

3:30 - 3:15 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM

Networking Reception