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, InvestmentNews

8:40am – 9:40am

KEYNOTE SESSION: State of the Economy

What is the outlook for the U.S. economy through 2020? What are the big geopolitical threats and economic risks facing financial advisers and the businesses that support them?

9:45am – 10:45am

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 in Exhibit Hall

11:10am – 12:00pm

Session TBA

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Dessert in Exhibit Hall

1:00pm – 2:15pm

IRAs and taxes: A deep dive into the Roth conversion five-year window

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 advisors.


Ed Slott, President, Ed Slott & Co.

2:15pm – 3:05pm

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, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Morningstar

3:05pm – 3:20pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:20pm – 4:10pm

Breakout Session A: Strategies for generating retirement income while hedging the market

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

Breakout Session B- Retiring on "the house"

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.

4:15pm – 5:05pm

Breakout Session A: Planning for the Unknown

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


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

Breakout Session B: Gray Divorce

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, InvestmentNews


Cary Carbonaro, Managing Director, United Capital Financial Advisors

James Brewer, Wealth Planner, Envision Wealth

5:05pm – 6:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

DAY TWO | Wednesday, May 15, 2019


7:30am – 8:00am

Pre-Breakfast Presentation

8:00am – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30am – 8:40am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Suzanne Siracuse, CEO, InvestmentNews

8:40am – 8:10am

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 in Exhibit Hall

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


Wade Pfau, Professor of Retirement Income at The American College

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

11:25am – 12:20pm

Session TBA

12:20pm – 1:20pm

Lunch & Dessert in Exhibit Hall

1:25pm – 2:25pm

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

2:25pm – 3:20pm

1 CE Credit

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, InvestmentNews

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Post Conference Session: TBA

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