CONNECTIONS
Vol. 2 | Issue 5
Your Profession
Ariel Investments Chief to Give Keynote at CAAFP 2018

Ariel Investments Chief to Give Keynote at CAAFP 2018

John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 13th annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP), to be held Aug. 6-8, 2018, in Washington, D.C. With $13.1 billion in assets under management, Ariel Investments is the country’s largest minority-owned investment firm.

CAAFP early bird registration is available until April 30. Register today and save $100.

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Should CE be Required for IARs?

SHOULD CE BE REQUIRED FOR INVESTMENT ADVISOR REPRESENTATIVES?

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is conducting a survey regarding whether investment advisor representatives (IARs) should have to meet a continuing education (CE) requirement to maintain his or her license to work with investors.

If you provide securities or investment advice to clients, you are invited to learn more about this proposal and take the NASAA survey, now through March 31.

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Media & Mentions
VIDEO OF THE MONTH
Video of the Month - March 2018

This video features the vision and lasting impact of the Conference of African American Financial Professionals. CAAFP allows for African Americans to know what the possibilities are in financial services and build upon the community of advisors.

Join us at the 13th annual CAAFP on Aug. 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

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Centers of Excellence
Tax Reform Provides Boost To Small Business Retirement Plans
Tax Reform Provides Boost To Small Business Retirement Plans

In this post for Forbes, Jamie Hopkins, co-director of the Center for Retirement Income, goes into detail about recently rolled out tax reform and how it affects corporations, small businesses, and taxpayers.

Under the new tax laws, it could be more expensive to not have a retirement plan in place.

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Thriving Without Incentive Compensation
Thriving Without Incentive Compensation 

Expect financial firms to move away from sales-based incentive compensation. Research suggests that the same effects of incentive-based compensation can be achieved without tangible materials.

Julie Ragatz, director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services, provides us with a series of policies that will benefit top performers.

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The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs March 2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Brandon Bettis
U.S. Army Veteran

Veronica Cordova 
Spouse of Active Duty U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer

Carlos Figueroa 
U.S. Navy Veteran

Patrick Hernandez-Cigarruista 
Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army Reserves

Colin Meddaugh
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy Reserves

Martin Melkonian 
U.S. Navy Veteran

Sheila Moorer 
Active Duty U.S. Army Captain

Joel Newburn 
U.S. Army Veteran

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Events & Updates
Kelly Kidwell
Alumnus of The Month - March 2018

Kelly Kidwell, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, LUTCF, CSPG
CEO, Pacific Advisors

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What's Happening

NAIFA Congressional Congress | May 22-23, 2018 | Washington | The Congressional Conference is an annual opportunity for agents and advisors to get involved in advocacy initiatives by meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and discussing how actions in Washington affect agents, brokers, and their clients.
Register here.

2018 Conference of African American Financial Professionals | Aug. 6-8, 2018 | Washington | CAAFP early bird registration available now. Save $100 through April 30, 2018.
Register here.

The American College of Financial Services is a nonprofit educational institution with the highest level of academic accreditation, dedicated to the innovative training and development of financial services professionals. Since 1927, The College has assembled faculties comprised of the foremost thought leaders in the profession. Created for professionals–dedicated to your success.