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  • Introducing Long/Short Investing to Clients Introducing Long/Short Investing to Clients Michael Grant Recorded: Dec 1 2016 62 mins
    Eligible for one CFP Board® and IMCA® CE credit


    The benefits of long/short investing are underappreciated and misunderstood by even the most sophisticated investors and advisors. In this session, veteran hedge fund manager Michael Grant will deepen your understanding of long/short investing and provide tools for identifying and educating investors who can benefit from this strategy. You will learn:


    •The characteristics of different long/short strategies, including flexibility of mandate, portfolio construction and expenses;


    •Where long/short fits within a client’s asset allocation;


    •The case for long/short in the current environment; and


    •What clients should look for when evaluating long/short managers.


    Michael will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.


    The CFP Board has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification. In addition, IMCA has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.
  • The 3 Secrets to Limitless Leadership, a Breakthrough Business & a Life You Love The 3 Secrets to Limitless Leadership, a Breakthrough Business & a Life You Love Stephanie Bogan Recorded: Nov 16 2016 59 mins
    With her “humor meets tell-it-like-it-is” insights and real-life examples, entrepreneur, business coach and author Stephanie Bogan will share her journey from home office start-up to the sale of her firm to a Fortune 200 company along with the powerful lessons she has learned along the way.

    Revealing the insights she has gained by working with hundreds of top advisors, she will explore the mysterious forces that make managing and growing an advisory firm so challenging, and reveal three “secrets” to adjusting your business that can dramatically improve results. You will learn:
    •How your invisible decisions drive your business outcomes and success;
    •Why your current fee structure, client service model and staff management routines may be secretly holding you back; and
    •What you can do to meet the demands of increasing costs, complexity and competition.

    Stephanie will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
  • Thinking Differently About Diversification: A Factor-Based Approach Thinking Differently About Diversification: A Factor-Based Approach Larry Swedroe and Andrew Berkin Recorded: Nov 9 2016 61 mins
    CFP Board® and IMCA® CE eligible

    Over 600 factors have been identified in the financial literature. How do you know which ones you should consider for investment? In this presentation, Larry and Andy will help advisors understand the daunting landscape of factor-based investing using tools discussed in their new book, Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing. Advisors will learn:

    •The criteria for considering an allocation to a factor;
    •How to identify the small number of factors that meet the criteria;
    •The process and evidence that the Investment Policy Committee at Buckingham Asset Management uses when making factor-based decisions; and
    •The characteristics of two notable factors: high-quality stocks and time series momentum.

    Larry and Andy will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    The CFP Board has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification. In addition, IMCA has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.
  • The Impact of Changes to Carried Interest on Wealthy Clients The Impact of Changes to Carried Interest on Wealthy Clients David Lesperance Recorded: Nov 1 2016 61 mins
    Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have promised to get rid of the “carried interest” taxation that benefits many wealthy individuals. This provides favorable treatment of long-term capital gains compensation for certain categories of business owners, partners and executives. Should this occur, this compensation will be taxed at normal income rates, which are double the normal long-term capital gains tax rates. Advisors whose high net worth clients are facing this risk need to create a backup plan to reduce their clients’ current tax obligations without sacrificing their quality of life.

    In this webinar, David will review the elements of such backup plans and outline the specific steps needed to prepare for the possible elimination of the carried interest treatment. Advisors will learn:

    •How carried interest works;
    •How to identify clients who could be affected by its elimination;
    •The elements of a viable backup plan; and
    •How to discuss and mitigate the “hard” and “soft” issues that serve as motivating factors in triggering a backup plan.

    David will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    The CFP Board has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification. In addition, IMCA has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.
  • Broadening the Opportunity Set in Emerging Markets Broadening the Opportunity Set in Emerging Markets Nick Niziolek Recorded: Oct 18 2016 61 mins
    CFP Board® and IMCA® CE eligibile

    Interest in emerging market equities is on the rise. Even so, effective portfolio management calls for selectivity. Calamos Co-CIO Nick Niziolek will explain how to capture the growth potential of emerging market equities while managing volatility and identify the most compelling opportunities. Advisors will learn the benefits of:

    •Focusing on emerging market revenue sources as a driver of growth;
    •Identifying trends that support growth and provide resilience in volatile economic environments;
    •Using convertible securities to achieve upside equity exposure with potential downside protection; and
    •Employing a benchmark-agnostic approach

    Nick will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    The CFP Board has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification. In addition, IMCA has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.
  • Behavioral Finance:  Insights for Improving Client Acquisition and Retention Behavioral Finance: Insights for Improving Client Acquisition and Retention Rick Bensignor Recorded: Oct 6 2016 64 mins
    CFP Board® and IMCA® CE eligibility pending

    Behavioral Finance is one of Wall Street’s hottest topics and where major firms are allocating new resources to within their private wealth management divisions. Yet many advisors have little understanding of what it is or how to incorporate it into their client cultivation practices. In this webinar, Rick Bensignor, a recognized behavioral market strategist, will present an introductory webinar on the subject. You will learn:

    •The difference between classic economics and behavioral economics;
    •The history and evolution of behavioral finance theory;
    •How financial biases can negatively influence investors’ thinking and behavior; and
    •How learning to incorporate this process can help create a more successful advisory business.

    Rick will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.
  • Adaptive Asset Allocation: A Dynamic Strategy for Good Times and Bad Adaptive Asset Allocation: A Dynamic Strategy for Good Times and Bad Adam Butler, CFA, CAIA Recorded: Sep 22 2016 62 mins
    According to research from Morningstar and the Investment Company Institute, many unskilled investors are abandoning active stock selection in favor of active factor, sector, and asset allocation. But these investors are making the same mistakes in a different domain. In this environment, skilled investors have a greater opportunity to profit from active asset allocation than traditional security selection.

    This prompts these questions: What methods are most effective at sorting winners from losers across asset classes? Are the observable effects of factors such as value and momentum even stronger across asset classes than at the individual security level? If so, what is the best way to harness these multi-asset factor strategies while maximizing diversification to minimize portfolio risk?

    In this webinar, Adam provides an overview of active multi-asset "factor" strategies like Adaptive Asset Allocation. In particular, you will learn:

    •Why investors are abandoning active mutual funds in favor of index funds and ETFs;

    •Why poor index timing decisions have kept unskilled ETF investors from realizing strong returns from these products;

    •How skilled asset allocators are able to generate alpha by taking advantage of pricing anomalies created by unskilled ETF investors;

    •Why multi-asset ‘smart beta’ strategies are well positioned to harvest large excess returns from this pool; and

    •How to use a multi-asset factor strategy, with methods adopted from Modern Portfolio Theory, to create dynamic global portfolios that can thrive in good times and bad.

    Adam will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    CFP Board® and IMCA® have accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification and the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.
  • The Next Generation of ESG Investing The Next Generation of ESG Investing Abdur Nimeri Recorded: Sep 13 2016 60 mins
    Many investors are asking advisors for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing solutions that reflect their moral and political values. The problem is that most of these strategies are flawed in two important ways:

    1.Historically there have been seven distinct approaches to ESG investing, implemented in products characterized by inadequate diversification and skewed returns.
    2.ESG index providers rely on key performance indicators (KPIs)—quantitative and qualitative metrics that demonstrate a company’s business effectiveness—based on public regulatory filings that often don’t provide enough information to enable advisors to make informed ESG recommendations.

    Our “integration approach” to ESG investing seeks to resolve these flaws.. It leverages innovations in data science to enable asset managers to develop and apply systematic investment strategies that evaluate each company’s E, S and G indicators to identify KPIs that significantly impact risk/return with strong predictability. Integrating ESG-related KPIs into portfolio analysis and risk management methodologies allows advisors to recommend more diversified ESG core equity investment solutions to clients. In this webinar, advisors will learn:

    •The seven historically distinct approaches to ESG investing;
    •How ESG attributes impact a corporation’s reputation, value and long-term business performance;
    •How data science is making it easier to identify KPIs that accurately measure the impact of ESG policies on investment performance;
    •How a diversified portfolio should balance risk and return characteristics of multiple KPIs in all three sleeves of ESG; and
    •How multi-category ESG tilts can potentially reduce risk and amplify long-term returns.

    Abdur will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    This program is eligible for 1 hour of CE credit for CFP®, CIMA©, CIMC© and CPWA® designees who attend the entire live session.
  • Tax Evasion, the Panama Papers and Global Wealth Management Tax Evasion, the Panama Papers and Global Wealth Management Dan diBartolomeo Recorded: Aug 30 2016 61 mins
    The release of the so-called “Panama Papers” has raised the veil on the secretive tax evasion practices of some wealthy investors and generated substantial public outrage aimed at financial firms and high profile clients connected with these schemes.

    But are all strategies for minimizing taxes unethical or illegal? In this presentation, Dan will take advisors on a tour of the mysterious world of offshore corporations and hedge funds and their uses as tax-management tools. You will learn:

    -How high tax rates, institutional corruption and a lack of regulatory oversight have enabled many of these overseas tax shelters to form and thrive;
    -Which of these entities can be used for legitimate tax purposes;
    -Why wealthy investors who transfer assets to offshore corporations assume a high level of risk and IRS scrutiny; and
    -How you can legally address your wealthy clients’ tax-management priorities using U.S.-based investment strategies and products.

    Dan will answer attendees’ questions during the webinar and will be available to continue the discussion on APViewpoint.

    The CFP Board has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CFP® certification. In addition, IMCA has accepted this program for 1 hour of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC® and CPWA® certifications. If you provide the required information during the webinar registration process and stay for the entire session we can report your attendance to these organizations.