Annual Symposium

2017 FPA of North Alabama Symposium

November 2, 2017
Grand Bohemian Hotel
Mountain Brook, AL

We are trying a new approach this year, beginning the day with CFP CE Ethics.
At the end of the day, we will host a cocktail networking time.

Join us for a full day of education and networking with financial planning colleagues.

Please join us Thursday, November 2nd for our Annual Symposium at The Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook.  This 1-day event will have food, great information and continuing education.

We are doing a little different this year and starting our day with 2 hours of Ethics.  Those that do not need credit can come later in the morning.  At the end of the day we will be having a cocktail hour to allow everyone some time to unwind and mingle with fellow members and partners.  We hope everyone will be able to join us.

We are applying for 7 hours CFP CE, including CFP Ethics.

Valet parking, breakfast, lunch and cocktails will be provided as part of your ticket.  Register at to receive the early-bird discount.

Please register by  October 10th to receive the early bird special.
Registration at bottom of this page.

Pricing is as follows:

Early Bird (FPA Member)* – Until October 10, 2017     $95

Early Bird (Non-FPA Member) – Until October 10, 2017          $135

Regular Registration (FPA Member)*                                 $115

Regular Registration (Non FPA Member)                                      $160

*FPA membership will be verified.

Below is some information on our speaker line up:


The Laws of Wealth and The Four Pillars of Investor Misbehavior
Presented by: Daniel Crosby, Ph.D.

The paradox of investor behavior is that it is infinitely varied in its presentation and yet can be managed effectively through adherence to a few simple rules.  Dr. Crosby will touch on ten rules that will help advisors contract with clients to create better outcomes.

Behavioral finance is not limited to client behavior; it can also inform the way that we manage money and construct portfolios.  By understanding the most common behavioral errors, we can begin to design investment processes that are robust to these errors.

Dr. Daniel Crosby, a behavioral finance expert and thought leader on market psychology, is the founder of Nocturne Capital. Crosby created the sentiment and valuation measures that serve as the overlay for Nocturne’s tactical strategy. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post, Think Advisor, and Risk Management, as well as in columns for and Investment News.

Crosby was named one of Investment News’ “40 Under 40” and a “financial blogger you should be reading” by AARP. Crosby’s second book, “Personal Benchmark” (Wiley, 2014), co-authored with Charles Widger of Brinker Capital, was a New York Times bestseller that outlines a highly personalized approach to investing that aligns intention with action while fostering an investment experience that is both enjoyable and rational. His latest book, “The Laws of Wealth” (Harriman House, 2016), sets forth a system for applying the best of social science research to investment management.   2 hours of CFP® CE credit applied for

Building Better Portfolios
Presented By:  Ryan E. McMahon, CFA

In light of regulatory changes, advisors have a heightened focus on creating model (fee based) accounts.  As a result, fund fees + expenses along with consistent manager outperformance have become two key areas of focus. This presentation seeks to provide an overview of the macro challenges that advisors face as they build bond portfolios (low yields, potential for rising rates, increased fee scrutiny).  Additionally, we will highlight the common advisor responses and pitfalls to these challenges.  Finally, we will address recommendations for handling a low-yield, low-prospective return environment where risk-assets are generally fully valued. 1.0 hour of CFP CE credit applied for

To Trust or Not to Trust
Presented by Kay Wilburn, J.D.

*FPA membership will be verified. Membership rate is for those who are FPA members at registration and Symposium date. To receive Early Bird rate, payment must be received by Sept. 30.


Register below and pay by credit card or Paypal, or mail check to:
PO Box 26607
Birmingham, AL 35260


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Symposium Registration

  • Price: $95.00 Quantity:
    FPA Member rate. Membership will be verified. To receive the member rate, one must be a member when they register and on Symposium date.
  • Price: $135.00 Quantity:
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