2017 FPA of North Alabama Symposium

September 20, 2018
Grand Bohemian Hotel
Mountain Brook, AL

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.

7 hours CFP CE, including CFP Ethics.

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

Registration at the bottom of this page.

Pricing is as follows:


Regular Registration (FPA Member)*                                 $115

Regular Registration (Non FPA Member)                                      $160

*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 Oct. 10.

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 WealthManagement.com 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 approved

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 approved

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

Since only a small percentage of the population subject to transfer taxes will owe any federal estate tax, it is important to address estate tax planning as well as income tax consequences for clients.  This presentation will review the tax formula for exiting wills/trusts, address options for income tax basis step-up at death, assess the portability option, and review different types of trusts.

Kay is a member of Dominick, Feld, Hyde, P.C. serving in the Corporate Practice and Estate Planning/Probate Practice groups.  She is listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers in the Estate Planning and Probate categories of law, and she was also recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 in the fields of Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Tax Law and Trust and Estates (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).  Kay is also recognized as a 2017 AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.  She is also listed in the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers.

The author of numerous articles regarding tax, corporate law and alternative dispute resolution matters, Kay has been trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association and serves as a volunteer arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.  She has also served as external mediator for the EEOC.  Kay has taught Business Law and Legal Environment of Business at UAB and frequently lectures at tax seminars for lawyers and accountants.

1.0 hour of CFP CE in approved

Building a Better Path: Making Investment Choices in a New Market Landscape
Presented by Brian Resnick, CFA

1.0 hour CFP CE approved

Symposium Agenda

7:30 -10:00 am Registration
7:30 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am CFP Ethics, presented by Kyle Whittington, CFP®
9:45 am Break
9:55 am Welcome

The Laws of Wealth, presented by Dan Crosby, Ph. D
The Four Pillars of Investor Misbehavior, presented by Dan Crosby, Ph. D

11:45 am Working Lunch
State of FPA, Kyle Whittington, FPANA President and Shannon Pike, FPA National President
Foundation for Financial Planning, Beth Moody, CFP®
1:15 pm Building Better Portfolios, presented by Ryan McMahon, CFA
2:20 pm Building a Better Path: Making Investment Choices in a New Market Landscape
presented by Brian Resnick, CFA
3:15 pm Break
3:25 pm To Trust or Not to Trust? Is That the Question? presented by Kay Wilburn, J.D
4:15 pm Cocktails with Partners

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

Questions? Email kvittitow@kassouf.com or fpaofnorthalabama@gmail.com

Symposium Registration

  • Price: $115.00 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: $160.00 Quantity:
    This rate is for those who are not members of FPA.
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