DAY ONE | Monday, April 30 2018

DAY ONE | MONDAY, April 30

7:45am – 8:30am

Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:35am – 8:40am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

8:45am – 10:00am

KEYNOTE SESSION: State of the Economy

What is the outlook for the U.S. economy in 2018 and beyond? What are the biggest emerging geopolitical and economic risks facing financial advisers and the business that supports them.


Bob Doll, CFA Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management

10:00am – 10:50 am

Navigating the “Planning Gap”: Where Advisers and Their Clients Disagree

InvestmentNews Research has uncovered that there are substantial differences between investors’ and advisers perceived needs for income during retirement. This session will outline the primary contributors to this “planning gap” and introduce research that quantifies the potential impact when investors underestimate healthcare and longevity risks. This retirement research, which focuses on mass affluent and high net worth investors, will highlight the differences in the perceptions of Millennials, Gen X and the Baby Boomer Generations and offer strategies on how advisers can educate their clients about new challenges and be better prepared to generating income in retirement.


Mark Bruno, Associate Publisher, InvestmentNews

George Bernard, President, Bennington Asset Management, Inc.

10:50am – 11:10am

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:10am – 12:00pm

What Advisers Need to Know About the Future of Advice

Increasing regulation, a changing investor demographic, a growing number of retirees and the increasing presence of technology are impacting the role of the financial adviser, but what are you planning to do about it? What tools and knowledge will you need to best position yourself to talk with clients about the evolving retirement income strategies available? Both financial professionals and institutions will need to reassess their business models, processes, products and value propositions to maintain their relevancy and provide investors with the best solutions possible. Join us for a passionate discourse on the trends in holistic wealth management and learn what it will take to evolve your business.


Robert DeChellis, President and Chief Strategist, Allianz Exchange

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Dessert in Exhibit Hall

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Using Home Equity to Create Retirement Income

Financial advisers continue to look for new ways to help their clients stretch their resources to fund a retirement that could last for decades. For many of these clients, home equity represents one of their largest assets, often exceeding the value of their retirement accounts. In this session, Retirement Income expert Wade Pfau will discuss options to turn home equity into income by downsizing, home equity loans or reverse mortgages. He will explain ramifications of new reverse mortgage lending rules that took effect in October 2017. Then, we will hear from industry professionals who will share case studies of how they helped improve retirement outlook by using home equity to reduce existing debt or increase cashflow.


Mary Beth Franklin, CFP, Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews and Author of Social Security Claiming Strategies


Christopher Mayer,CEO, Longbridge Financial

Wade Pfau, Author of Reverse Mortgages: How to Use Reverse Mortgages to Secure Your Retirement

Stephen Resch, Vice President of Retirement Strategies, Finance of America

2:05pm – 3:00pm

Retirement Planning During Market Peaks

Advisers encounter unique challenges in helping clients design retirement plans when stock markets are hitting new highs. Learn how portfolio allocations and safe withdrawal rates should be adjusted given the potential sequence of returns risk at play when equities are soaring. Also, find out how interest rate shifts and increasing life expectancies will be factors worthy of investment adjustments.


David Blanchett, Head of Retirement Research, Morningstar Investment Management LLC

3:00pm – 3:20pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:20pm – 4:35pm

Retirement Benefits for the Non-Retiree

Long before retirement, clients need advice about contributing to, investing, and withdrawing from retirement plans. This intensive session will discuss:

• The three best (and two worst) ways to get a Roth account

• Rollover tips and pitfalls

• What to do with an inherited IRA

• How to avoid the 10% penalty on pre-age-59 ˝ distributions

• And much more…


Natalie Choate, Esq, Attorney, Nutter, McClennen & Fish

4:40pm – 5:40pm

Next Generation Annuity Strategies: How Regulation and Demand Drove Change

Because of new regulations as well as the increasing demand from millions of new retirees who are searching for guaranteed income, the industry has had to be more innovative then ever in their design of annuity products available. This session will address:

• How the annuity product landscape has changed

• What products are available to best suit your business model

• Why consumers are more concerned about income even more then assets in retirement

• Which type of annuity strategies lead financial advisors are using to create income for their current and future retiree clients


Mary Beth Franklin, CFP, Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews and Author of Social Security Claiming Strategies


Tom Hegna, CLU, ChFC,CASL, Author, Paychecks and Playchecks: Retirement Solutions for Life

Graham Day, Managing Director - National Sales Manager, AXA

Lance K. Carlson, Head of Sales Distribution, Great-West Financial

5:45pm – 7:00pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

DAY TWO | Tuesday, May 1, 2018


7:30am – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

8:30am – 8:40am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

8:40am – 10:00am

KEYNOTE SESSION: Rethinking Risk Tolerance

Despite being a requirement for FINRA-registered brokers and insurance agents, and a matter of fiduciary protection for registered investment advisers, most financial advisers today give short shrift to risk tolerance questionnaires. But does all this really mean that risk tolerance questionnaires are universally worthless, and that there’s no value to trying to measure a client’s risk tolerance by any means? Absolutely not! Instead, what’s necessary is to delve deeper on both fronts. This session will explore in greater depth exactly what risk tolerance is and what you’re trying to measure, and to consider what’s required to truly design a quality risk tolerance questionnaire or to properly assess risk tolerance for clients. 


Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP, CLU, ChFC, Partner and Director, Pinnacle Advisory Group and Co-Founder, XY Planning Network

10:00am – 10:20am

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

10:20am – 11:15am

When They’re 64. Identifying Who Can Maximize Social Security Benefits Under New Rules

The countdown clock is ticking on Social Security claiming strategies. Remember the Beatles’ song “When I’m 64?” Financial advisers should take note. Married and divorced clients who turned 64 in 2017 are the last group of Baby Boomers who can take advantage of the claiming strategy that allows them to collect spousal benefits at full retirement age while their own retirement benefits continue to grow until age 70. Learn how to increase your client’s retirement income security, advise widows and widowers on their Social Security options (which do not change under the new rules) and differentiate your planning practice with these valuable claiming strategies.


Mary Beth Franklin, CFP, Contributing Editor, InvestmentNews and Author of Social Security Claiming Strategies

11:20am – 12:35pm

Healthcare Costs Through the Retirement Looking Glass

Dr. Katy provides adviser’s with a guide to the big picture of how to plan for and manage retiree healthcare costs, Medicare and Long Term Care. To help your clients avoid having their retirement savings devoured, Dr. Katy will focus on:

• Healthcare options and costs before clients get to Medicare.

• The critical nexus between retirement income planning, Medicare and taxes with a goal of cutting unnecessary high Medicare surcharges resulting from the new dramatically compressed Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) brackets.

• The elephant in the room, Long Term Care costs and how to plan for it. Financing options such as hybrid plans, reverse mortgages, life settlements and VA benefits will be discussed.


Dr. Katy Votava, President,

12:35pm – 1:35pm

Lunch & Dessert in Exhibit Hall

1:35pm – 2:25pm

Beyond Bonds - Redefining Risks Using a Goals Based Investment Management Framework to Drive Retiree's Success.

A goals-based approach can help investors align their wealth with their goals, leading to a redefinition of risk. Learn how focusing on outcomes can lead to new measures when preparing for and generating a retiree's success.

In this session Dr. Breen and Dr. Dickson will discuss how to redefine and view risk in the retirement phase of a client’s investment life cycle. Key examples of additional risks to consider are longevity risk, liquidity risk, and interest rate risk. Dr. Breen and Dr. Dickson will present research on how looking beyond bonds can help mitigate these challenges in the retirement phase of the investor life cycle.


Robbie Cannon,CEO, Horizon Investments


Dr. Mike Dickson, Director, Structured Financial Solutions, Horizon Investments

Dr. Bill Breen, Senior Product Research Specialist, Horizon Investments

2:25pm – 3:15pm

Technology Solutions for Retirement Income Planning

Many firms have built tools to help advisers incorporate retirement income strategies into client financial plans, and many tools can be used directly when educating their clients. This session will look at a few of these tools that will allow advisers to evaluate a client’s financial picture and illustrate how an income stream of annuities, life insurance, and long term care during retirement years can project a secure future.


Paul W. Ewing,CFP, President, Prosperity Advisory Group


Ross Znavor, Managing Director, BlackRock Digital Wealth

Abraham Okusanya, M Sc., Founder and Director, FinalytiQ

Jack Sharry, EVP, Strategic Partnerships, LifeYield

Ryan W. Neal, Technology Reporter, InvestmentNews

Daniel Latham, Account Manager, MoneyGuidePro®, Created by PIEtech

3:15pm – 3:20pm

Closing Remarks

Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Panel Post Conference Session: ‘Rewiring’ How Housing Wealth Fits Into Retirement Income

Americans are facing a retirement crisis, but a good deal of the crisis is being driven by poor planning, behavioral biases, and misconceptions. The reality is that housing wealth is single largest asset for America’s retirees. However, most financial advisors leave it alone, potentially creating a fiduciary issue. In this session, Professor Jamie Hopkins breaks down best practices for utilizing home equity in a retirement income and highlights common misconceptions that advisors have about tapping into home equity to support a client’s retirement.

Specifically, this intensive session will discuss:

• Different strategies for tapping into home equity throughout retirement

• How home equity can be coordinated with retirement income withdrawal strategies

• The challenges of tax reform changes mortgages and interest deductibility

• How fiduciary roles could require consideration of home equity


Jamie Patrick Hopkins, Esq., CFP®, RICP®

*Agenda subject to change.


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