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"Change is the Only Constant - October Symposium"
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Program: 9:45 A.M. - Adjourn: 6:00 P.M.
The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
(818) 558-3908
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Member $75 $100 $145
Non Member $95 $120 $145
Student $45 $65 $100
Guest Speaker(s):

Bob Browne, CFA , Six Themes Driving the Next 5-Years
Tim Coffin, Introduction to ESG in a Changing Landscape of Sustainable Investing
Jerry Varela, CFP, MoneyGuidePro and RMF Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans
Geoffrey Wallace, MoneyGuidePro and RMF Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans
Suzanne Lawrence, Practice Management for Independent Advisors

Event Schedule:
9:30 AMExhibitor Booth Set-Up
9:45 AMCheck-In, Registration & Breakfast Sponsored by: Russell Investments
10:15 AMWelcome & Brief Introductions
10:30 AMFirst Premier Speaker (1 CEU) - Bob Browne, Six Themes Driving the Next 5-Years
11:30 AMBreak/Networking with Exhibitors
11:45 AMGeneral Session 1 (1 CEU) - Tim Coffin, Introduction to ESG in a Changing Landscape of Sustainable Investing
12:45 PMLunch
1:00 PMRotating Table Networking
2:30 PMAfternoon Premier Speaker (1 CEU) - Jerry Varela, CFP & Geoffrey Wallace, MoneyGuidePro Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans
3:30 PMBreak/Networking with Exhibitors
4:00 PMGeneral Session 2 (1 CEU) - Suzanne Lawrence, Succession Planning Strategies for Your Retirement
5:00 PMClosing Remarks
5 - 7 PMHosted Happy Hour & Networking Reception
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Event Details:
FPA-LA is excited to announce the theme of our 2018 Symposium: Change is the Only Constant

FPA of Los Angeles' 3rd annual Symposium details are still being finalized, but we promise a not-to-be-missed conference agenda, including breakout sessions presented by the best minds in the biz.

Six Themes Driving the Next 5-Years
Explore the key investment themes shifting the global asset allocation, risk, and return landscape over the next five years.

Gain actionable portfolio insights into the market environment driving risk and return expectations in the coming years. This deep dive into portfolio construction will illustrate a modern approach to implementing a strategic outlook by: utilizing tactical adjustments, employing targeted risk exposures, and minimizing unintentional risks to deliver better outcomes for your clients.

Session Goals:
  1. Identifying key indicators to watch for when making tactical adjustments
  2. Implementing a risk aware approach that purposely takes compensated risk
  3. Executing asset allocation with precision using factors

Introduction to ESG in a Changing Landscape of Sustainable Investing
The presentation will provide an overview of ESG and sustainable investing. We will cover a brief overview of the evolution of ESG investing and will explain the benefits of incorporating ESG analysis into the risk assessment of an investment, including topics such as materiality and intentionality.

Breckinridge Capital Advisors is the subadvisor of the John Hancock ESG Core Bond Fund. They are an independently owned investment advisor specializing in investment grade fixed income portfolio management. They currently manage $36b in fixed income mandates, and are leaders in ESG and sustainable investing. They fully integrate rigorous bottom-up fundamental research and ESG/ other nonfinancial factors in their investment process.
The following learning objectives/ topics will be covered:
  • Evolution of ESG
  • Materiality
  • Intentionality
  • First Movers

MoneyGuidePro® and RMF Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans
Join Geoffrey Wallace from Reverse Mortgage Funding and Jerry Varela, CFP®, from the MoneyGuidePro® Advanced Planning Team as they share best practices and strategies for developing quality financial plans using reverse mortgages. In this session, you will learn to model the following strategies:
  • Long term care events with and without protection
  • Reverse mortgages and the impact they can have on a client's plan, including the new jumbo product available to California clients
  • Guaranteed income: the where, when and how

Succession Planning Strategies for Your Retirement
This program details the importance of having a succession plan, describing the difference between continuity and succession plans. The presentation covers the critical importance of developing key aspects of the practice to provide client protection and strong retention. The topic will include short term and long term planning options, review methods to understand the engagement process, terms overview and how to avoid pitfalls which can occur in different planning phases.

As a widely known concern, overcoming challenges with succession planning is an ongoing issue. This presentation will address methods for increasing the amount flexibility to the planning process.

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Six Themes Driving the Next 5-Years, Bob Browne, CFA

Chief Investment Officer at Northern Trust

Bob Browne is the chief investment officer for Northern Trust. He is a member of Northern Trust's Operating Group, reporting directly to the Management Group.

Bob chairs the firm's Investment Policy Committee, which sets investment policy for all Northern Trust groups in all asset classes. He is responsible for investment performance, process and philosophy across multiple investment strategies including fixed income, active equity and passive investments. Bob joined Northern Trust in January 2009 and has more than 20 years of investment experience.

From 2004 until 2009, Bob worked for ING Investment Management and was the firm's chief investment officer for Fixed Income and Proprietary Investments. In this capacity, he oversaw $120 billion in assets under management across retail and institutional clients, as well as the firm's own insurance assets. From 2002 to 2004, Bob was founder and managing partner of Picador Capital, an alternative investment firm. From 1999 to 2001, he was co-head of Americas Fixed Income for Merrill Lynch Investments and he also worked in the firm's London office from 1997 to 1999 as a senior portfolio manager. Bob spent the first eight years of his career, from 1989 until 1997, at JP Morgan Investment working as a global fixed income and currency portfolio manager in the firm's Tokyo and London offices.

Bob holds a B.A. with a major in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He also has a Masters in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Bob is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Introduction to ESG in a Changing Landscape of Sustainable Investing, Tim Coffin

Senior Vice President Director of Sustainability
Tim, senior vice president, is a consultant relations manager and director of sustainability at Breckinridge. He is also a member of the firm's Sustainability Committee. In his role, Tim focuses on developing the firm's institutional relationships. In his time at Breckinridge, Tim has helped lead the introduction of Breckinridge's environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities to clients. He has been with the firm since 2012 and has over 30 years of fixed income experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Tim was a vice president at Fidelity Investments where he launched and managed the firm's municipal finance group within Fidelity Capital Markets. Prior to Fidelity, he spent over 10 years with Corby Capital Markets Inc. where he managed the sales and marketing teams and served his last 3 years as the firm's president. Tim speaks regularly at conferences on topics related to sustainable investing and finance. He is a member of the advisory committee for the Brookings Institute's Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy Annual Municipal Finance Conference, and previously served on Municipal Fiscal Health Working Group for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Tim serves on the governing board for Ridley College in Ontario, Canada. He received a B.A. from Hobart College and holds a Series 65 license.

On the importance of sustainability at Breckinridge...
"Breckinridge completely embraces sustainability not only in our business philosophy, but also in our investment philosophy. In the simplest terms, we firmly believe that analyzing material ESG factors and integrating that into our research process makes us smarter investors. By examining risks and opportunities through an ESG lens, we believe we're getting a forward-looking, more holistic view of the issuers we invest in.

MoneyGuidePro and RMF Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans, Jerry Varela, CFP

Jerry is an Advanced Planning Specialist at MoneyGuidePro®, Created by PIEtech. Joining the company in 2013, Jerry works closely with firms that incorporate MoneyGuidePro® into their practice, helping them to overcome a variety of business obstacles. Working directly with leading advisors across the country, he provides the tools and training needed to have healthy financial conversations with their clients.

Prior to joining PIEtech, Inc., Jerry was a financial advisor specializing in services for the military and federal markets. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Liberty University and currently resides in Glen Allen, VA with his wife and children.

MoneyGuidePro and RMF Presents: Reverse Mortgage Modeling for Financial Plans, Geoffrey Wallace

Geoffrey Wallace is the Western Regional Sales Manager for the Distributed Retail Channel at Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF). With over 17 years of experience in the reverse mortgage industry, Geoffrey finds never-ending passion in assisting older adults with the responsible use of home equity as part of a holistic retirement plan.

Before joining RMF, Geoffrey has held reverse mortgage positions with leading financial institutions Citibank and Bank of America among others. Throughout his career, he has held various executive-level positions, and managed some of the industry's highest-performing teams.

To learn more about how reverse mortgages may close the financial gap for your older clients, please contact Geoffrey Wallace (NMLS #582945) at 415.729.5331 or .

Practice Management for Independent Advisors, Suzanne Lawrence

As President and CEO of Advisor Business Solutions, Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence brings over two decades of financial services consulting experience to each client relationship.

Guiding pre-retiree financial advisors to look at their practices from a business efficiency perspective, Ms Patrick-Lawrence has expertise in strengthening team effectiveness, improving client retention and building practice value. She created an educational succession plan roadmap program designed for independent advisors and provides exit planning strategies presentations for financial industry professional groups such as the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Her accomplished firm manages award winning advisory practice relationships with offices in CA, OR, MI, NY tri-state and DC metro areas since 2001. Clients include independent broker dealers such as Raymond James, Cambridge Investment Advisors, registered investment advisors using TD Ameritrade, Schwab Institutional and Fidelity Advisor platforms, CPAs and private investment management firms with range of $150 million - $2 billion assets under management.

She is an active Financial Planning Association (FPA) member and is three term past-President of the FPA San Gabriel Valley chapter. She serves on McIntosh Capital Investment Advisory Board, the judging committee for Spirit of Entrepreneurship, a Santa Barbara nonprofit recognizing women owned businesses, and Small Business Development Corp. (SBDC) advisory board in Los Angeles representing 5,000 entrepreneurs and start ups.

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Please call the FPALA office at (818) 558-3908 with questions
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