2019 Agenda

DAY ONE | Tuesday, May 14 2019

DAY ONE | Tuesday, May 14 2019

7:45am – 8:30am

Registration opens

Continental breakfast with sponsors and exhibitors

8:30am – 8:35am

Opening remarks and welcome

Suzanne Siracuse, CEO/Publisher, InvestmentNews

8:40am – 9:40am

Economic and Investing Keynote Session: How will today’s global economic and investing climate effect your client’s retirement

This forward-looking discussion with two of the investing industry’s most sought after speakers will focus in on trends, innovations and the overall global investing landscape and how advisers can best prepare their clients for the future.

Areas of discussion will include:

1) Overall market conditions

2) Where there are opportunities for growth both domestically and globally

3) What geo political risks could affect investing decisions

4) Interest rates, GDP growth and implications of a volatile market

Mark Wiedman and Ted Truscott will provide lively opinions and informative insights guaranteed to make this one of the most interesting economic sessions you’ll attend.


Suzanne Siracuse, CEO/Publisher, InvestmentNews


William F. "Ted" Truscott, CEO, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Mark Wiedman, Senior Managing Director, Head of International and of Corporate Strategy, BlackRock

9:45am – 10:45am

1 CE Credit

KEYNOTE SESSION: Longevity: Navigating clients through longer and multiple “retirements”

With the numbers of Americans living beyond 100 jumping each year, advisers will need to expand their knowledge of geriatric care, transportation and housing — or clients will find a firm that can help. Concepts such as “aging” and “oldness” are evolving, and the advice industry’s approach will similarly have to advance to continue being useful to clients. For instance, advisers who think of grandkids when their 55-year-old clients bring up 529 college savings plans should redirect the conversation. How about funding the client’s next career? Or an educational sabbatical? Or training that will help them stay relevant to the workforce for another 15 years.


Joseph F. Coughlin, Founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

10:45am – 11:10am

Networking break

11:10am – 12:00pm

Executive Spotlight: What Lies Ahead for Wealth Management

In a wide-ranging discussion, Corey Walther, Allianz Life and senior executives explore the converging forces reshaping the wealth management landscape. With all the buzz about technology changing the way our industry does business, this session examines what is really happening on the front lines and the forces driving change across the industry. Our panelists are leaders at companies that support advisers and their clients by creating integrated systems and platforms that include financial products, software solutions, and platform technology. Hear firsthand about their efforts to build an ecosystem that enhances the advisor’s ability to provide personalized advice across an entire household portfolio, the challenges they’ve encountered along the way, what they are doing to support advisors while creating better client outcomes.


Corey Walther, Head of Business Development & Relationship Management, Allianz Life


Todd Cooper, Senior Vice President, Institutional Business Development, Envestnet

Heather Kelly, Senior Vice President of Risk Management, United Capital

Ross Znavor, Managing Director, BlackRock

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Networking lunch & dessert

OPTIONAL SESSION: Learn more about the Inclusion of Home Equity in a Comprehensive Retirement Funding Plan - Room Location: Executive board room

Join the Retirement Strategies Division of Finance of America Reverse for an informative session on how to:

1) Help clients take control of their retirement journey

2) Dramatically improve retirement plan success rates

3) Help preserve and grow your clients’ retirement assets even if they are taking systematic income distributions

Using FAR’s proprietary illustrator tool, Steve Resch and Phil Walker will explain the basics of a reverse mortgage, its features, eligibility requirements, and available products, as well as demonstrate how both a HECM and FAR’s proprietary HomeSafe® product suite can be used to mitigate portfolio volatility.


Stephen Resch, VP of Retirement Strategies, Finance of America Reverse

Phil Walker, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Finance of America Reverse

1:00pm – 2:15pm

1.5 CE Credits

IRA Strategy Session – The best IRA tax planning ideas - after tax reform

This session will cover the best IRA and retirement tax planning tax strategies, after tax reform, and how to identify the clients who will benefit most from them. These are all specific high-value actions advisors can use immediately with clients, prospects, CPAs and other referral sources. The program will also include recent court cases and IRS rulings that advisers can learn from to help clients avoid the most costly and embarrassing retirement planning mistakes made by financial and tax advisers.


Ed Slott, President, Ed Slott & Co.

2:15pm – 3:05pm

1 CE Credit

Behavioral finance tactics to improve retirement readiness

Advisers who can help clients prepare emotionally for financial challenges, risks and opportunities will deliver a service beyond which any digital advice provider can emulate. But doing so means focusing less on spreadsheets and more on coaching clients to incorporate the latest behavioral finance lessons. Expert Sarah Newcomb will explain new research showing that helping clients imagine financial regrets and developing healthy financial role models are among the steps that will better prepare them for retirement. In the end, educating clients’ mindsets is what will lead to healthy financial behaviors and decisions pre-retirement and beyond.


Sarah Newcomb, Director of Behavioral Science, Morningstar

3:05pm – 3:20pm

Networking break

3:20pm – 4:10pm

1 CE Credit

Breakout Session A: Retiring on "the house" - Room Location: Grand ballroom AB

For many Americans, their homes represent their most valuable asset. Home equity can easily exceed the balance in their 401(k) plans. Yet few clients consider tapping that equity to help finance a secure retirement. Learn about the latest research and evolving vision of how tax-free proceeds from a reverse mortgage can be a valuable piece of a retirement income plan.


John Salter, Wealth Manager and Partner, Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial and Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University


Christopher Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Longbridge Financial

Jerry Auippa, Senior Account Executive, Longbridge Financial

Breakout Session B: Retire Your Risk: Onboard Your Advisors as New Asset Class Evolves - Room Location: Grand ballroom C

Alignment opportunities with the Alliance for Lifetime Income campaign to drive consumers to consider Protected Lifetime Income as part of their retirement portfolio.

Understand the research, tools and content available for your Financial Advisors to educate and expand interest in Protected Lifetime Income across the country.


Tom Nagle, Co-founder, Statler Nagle, LLC

4:15pm – 5:05pm

1 CE Credit

Breakout Session A: Planning for the unknown - Room Location: Grand ballroom AB

This session will address Financial planning strategies when clients incur major life disruptions. Experts will discuss several case studies, including sudden death of a spouse (widows) and dealing with a disability


Frederick P. Gabriel Jr., Editorial Director, InvestmentNews


Kathleen M. Rehl, Rehl Wealth Collaborations

Thomas C. West, Partner, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors

Breakout Session B: Gray divorce - Room Location: Grand ballroom C

Research shows Americans who divorce are more likely to be unprepared for retirement as more expensive living costs translate to fewer saved dollars. Divorcing when close to retirement – a trend on the rise known as gray divorce – can be especially challenging because there’s less time to make up for assets lost in a divorce. And changes to U.S. tax rules last year made alimony even more expensive for those on the paying end, which will likely have implications for those on the receiving end. Two advisers specializing in divorce address clients’ best moves given the tax changes, housing issues related to ownership vs. rentals, social security benefits and other situations they’ve tackled with divorcing clients.


Liz Skinner, Special Projects Editor, InvestmentNews


James Brewer, Financial Life Architect and CEO, Envision Wealth Planning Inc.

Heather Locus, Financial Adviser and Divorce Practice Group Leader, Balasa Dinverno Foltz

5:05pm – 6:30pm

Networking cocktail reception

DAY TWO | Wednesday, May 15, 2019


8:00am – 8:30am

Continental breakfast with sponsors and exhibitors

8:30am – 8:40am

Opening remarks and welcome

Suzanne Siracuse, CEO/Publisher, InvestmentNews

8:40am – 10:10am

1.5 CE Credits

KEYNOTE SESSION: Setting a proper asset allocation glidepath

Traditionally, asset allocation advice in retirement has been fairly straightforward: retirees should maintain their equity exposure through rebalancing, and perhaps decrease it slightly as they age and their time horizon shortens. Yet recent research into retirement asset allocation finds that in fact, the opposite approach may actually be best – rather than decreasing equity exposure in retirement by default, the optimal path is actually to start more conservatively in the early years, and increase equity exposure through retirement. This helps to defend against the key danger – sequence- of-return risk – by taking less equity exposure in the early years and throughout retirement, but still add to equities in the limited situations where it actually becomes relevant and necessary.


Michael Kitces, Partner and Director, Pinnacle Advisory Group and Co-Founder, XY Planning Network

10:10am – 10:30am

Networking break

10:30am – 11:20am

What if your client is retiring today?

Thinking beyond asset allocation, what can advisers do to prepare clients and mitigate the sequence risk posed by a prolonged bear market? Experts will describe approaches to put clients in the mindset to start spending more conservatively or if applicable to work longer, including visualization techniques, bucketing and use of annuities.


Gregory Iacurci, Reporter, InvestmentNews


Michael Kitces, Partner and Director, Pinnacle Advisory Group and Co-Founder, XY Planning Network

Angie O’Leary, Head of Wealth Planning, RBC Wealth Management

Wade Pfau, Professor of Retirement Income at The American College

11:25am – 12:20pm

De-risking retirement

Retirement has traditionally been described as a long-term investment goal. That’s true for the accumulation phase. But as clients near the retirement distribution phase, financial planning needs shift to risk management and capital preservation. Experts will discuss how to optimize retirement spending while insulating portfolios from market volatility, unplanned health care costs and longevity challenges.

Retiring during the longest-running bull market in history can be scary for new and soon-to-be retirees who wonder when the good times will end and how to invest their retirement savings when it does. Experts will discuss the pros and cons of alternative solutions to stock-centric portfolios including annuities, bonds and real estate.


Mary Beth Franklin, Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews


Graham M. Day, Chief Sales Officer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, AXA Distributors, LLC

Kevin M. Donovan, JD, Assistant Vice President, Advanced Strategies, Jackson National

12:20pm – 1:20pm

Networking lunch & dessert

1:25pm – 2:25pm

1 CE Credit

Adviser tools for automating retirement income decisions

Using technology to better communicate solutions to clients in retirement or to better figure out certain processes like claiming strategies, etc. Exploration of the technologies that will help advisers estimate how much to take out from which accounts to create an income stream and how the next generation of tools will help advisers.


Ryan Neal, Reporter, InvestmentNews


Joe Elsasser, Financial Adviser, Sequent Planning and Founder, Covisum®

Igor Jonjic, Senior Product Manager, Investment Services, Fiserv

Jack Sharry, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, LifeYield, LLC

Michael J. Zmistowski, Personal Financial Planner / Certified Retirement Counselor, Financial Planning Advisors

2:25pm – 3:20pm

Medicare and Social Security

2019 is a flagship year for Social Security and Medicare. It is the last year for married and divorced individuals to claim spousal benefits at 66 and allow their own Social Security retirement benefits to keep growing. People who turn 66 after Jan. 1, 2020, lose that option. Meanwhile, Medicare costs continue to rise for high-income clients. Learn how to maximize Social Security benefits and minimize Medicare premiums under the latest changes.


Mary Beth Franklin, Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews

3:20pm – 3:30pm

Closing remarks

Suzanne Siracuse, CEO/Publisher, InvestmentNews

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