Virtual Learning Center

This is NOT the Live Meeting. To register for the chapter meeting, go to the event link on the Calendar. The webinars are usually available within 10 business days after the recorded presentation. For those who hold the CFP® designation and wish to receive CE credit, you must complete and return the CE questions; 70% of the questions must be answered correctly. For Ethics CE, 80% of the questions must be answered correctly. The link and CE questions will be emailed to you after payment is received. Only CFP and CIMA CE are offered for these recorded sessions.TWO NEW MEMBER BENEFITS:
All chapter meeting webinars are now included in the Annual CHAPTER MEETING Season Pass for $249 total! Members may purchase a 2017 WEBINAR Season Pass for $149! If requesting CFP or CIMA continuing education, exams must be submitted no later than December 15th. Your access code to all webinars will expire on December 31st. Watch your email for the access codes. All sales are final.
Video and Audio Recordings of Chapter Speakers
VIDEO Ethical Conduct
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Ethical Conduct with Presenter John Comer, CFP®
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YES, this satisfies 2 hours of Ethics for both CFP and CIMA designations.

No matter what financial services discipline you specialize in, ethics plays a substantial role. That’s why it’s important to periodically strengthen your framework for recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. After attending this educational program, you’ll come away with an increased awareness of the ethical issues facing the industry and a foundation for supporting ethical decision-making skills. Although the content of this program will be beneficial to all financial services professionals seeking to enhance their ethical decision-making skills, it is designed to meet the requirements for CFP® practitioners’ Ethics continuing education.NOTE: This session is NOT a part of the Annual Webinar Pass.

VIDEO HR 1: For the Love of Philanthropy
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HR 1: For the Love of Philanthropy with presenter Mike Ricci
Hear former wealth advisor Mike Ricci share the truths he uncovered as he journeyed from asset management and financial planning to philanthropy and foundation work. You will learn how to identify the philanthropic clues of your clients and ask good questions to facilitate philanthropic discussion into your practice. You will better understand the tools available in the charitable toolbox and see how philanthropy can enhance your practice, enrich client relationships, and ultimately, bring about a better world.
HR 2: Unlocking the Power of Philanthropy for Your Clients with presenters Sheryl Morrison, Tom Wesely & Gregory Carlson
This session will teach attendees how to raise the idea of philanthropy with their clients and help clients identify their philanthropic capacity. A case study will highlight several charitable giving strategies and issues, including the use of outright gifts, charitable remainder trusts and investments, and retirement plan assets. Attendees will learn to identify when those strategies can be appropriate and which donors might consider those types of gifts.
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VIDEO HR 1: Asset Planning Double Feature
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HR 1: Mechanics & Real Life Strategies Using Reverse Mortgage with presenter Alina Passarelli
This session provides an overview of the FHA insured reverse mortgage product called an HECM; including the purpose and evolution of its development, consumer safeguards, HUD’s involvement and the regulatory environment for this product.
The program offers an understanding of reverse mortgage mechanics; Consumer and property qualification, funds allocation, maturity date and repayment options, along with analytical skills to aid in utilizing this product as a retirement planning tool.
HR 2: Special Real Estate Assets in an Estate Plan with presenter Rachel Dahl
Often times, one of the largest assets a client will own is real estate. Understanding the different types of real estate ownership and the different forms of real estate a client may have in their portfolio is critical in order to properly advise clients from a financial and estate planning perspective.
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VIDEO The New Fiduciary Landscape
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The New Fiduciary Landscape with presenter Mercer Bullard
Professor Bullard will discuss the current state of play regarding the Department of Labor's fiduciary rulemaking. The rulemaking will transform financial services. Broker-dealers will be required to overhaul their compensation structures and provide an unprecedented level of disclosure. They will become fiduciaries as to Individual Retirement Account assets, which will have a material effect on their litigation risk. Fixed indexed annuities, not currently subject to securities regulation, will see a major change in their regulatory environment. Some products, such as non-traded REITS, may not survive the transition.Investment advisers will also be affected by the rulemaking, but to a lesser degree. The rulemaking will subject advisers to a fiduciary standard that will not necessarily overlap with the fiduciary standard under the Investment Advisers Act. Advisers will have to eliminate or revise third-party compensation arrangements, such as fees for referrals volume based discounts on software. The greatest impact of the rulemaking on advisers may be indirect, in that it may substantially increase competition from broker-dealers in the fee-based advice space.
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VIDEO Exit Planning Doubleheader
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HR 1: The Psychology of Owner Exits with presenter Kalli Matsuhashi, MA, LP
This session will address the psychological barriers that arise when business owners are preparing to exit, whether through a sale of the business or a transition to the next generation. Advisors will be encouraged to consider these barriers from the viewpoint of their business-owner clients as well as their own position as a business owner. Issues of transitioning to the next generation and how to effectively manage conflict will also be discussed.
HR 2: Exit Planning - A Guide to the Process with Presenter Dyanne Ross-Hanson CLU, CFP® ChFC CEPA
Transitioning a business is generally the most significant financial event in a business owner’s life, and the reality is that less than one in four has developed a purposeful plan. While there are numerous reasons cited, one prominent one is that owners simply don’t know where to start. This program will help educate owners (and their advisors) on a proven process to develop a written Exit Plan and highlight common mistakes to avoid.
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VIDEO Economic Doubleheader
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HR 1: Q & A with Neel Kashkari CEO of The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis - The Programs Committee is thrilled to announce the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President & CEO Neel Kashkari Question and Answer session was a great success! The presentation includes short prepared thoughts by Mr. Neel Kashkari and then opens up to questions from the audience about the fed’s policy and plans, economic forecast, and current political and economic issues.
HR 2: Why Minnesota Can Work for Investors - with Presenter Mark Henneman
This presentation provides a case study informing how a regional economy can create an opportunity rich landscape for investors. With the state of Minnesota as our example, Mark Henneman will delve into how a regional business culture with self-reinforcing robust business climate evolves over time and what the drivers are for that development. He will also examine the importance of diversity across sectors, as well as the impacts of cross fertilization of ideas and talents.
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VIDEO Recession Looms: Are We Up the Creek Without A Paddle?
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Recession Looms: Are We Up the Creek Without A Paddle? with Presenter Dr. Stephanie Kelton - The U.S. economy is headed into its seventh year of expansion. How long can the recovery continue before the next recession comes? Have policymakers learned the lessons of the Great Recession, and what can we expect from the Federal Reserve and the new Administration? We’ll take a close look at the economic landscape and consider how a new approach to fiscal and monetary policy might extend the recovery and bring new opportunities to investors.
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VIDEO Year End Tax Planning
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Year End Tax Planning with Presenter Mark Sellner - With just six weeks left for year-end tax planning, this presentation will highlight opportunities for identifying, discussing and implementing tax savings ideas for individual clients and their businesses.
A practical 10-point checklist of year-end tax planning opportunities will be provided and discussed.
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VIDEO Charitable Planning
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HR 1: Charitable Planning and Community Foundations with Presenters Bill Sternberg and Jeremy Wells - Charitable planning is a growing need for individuals and families as they work with their financial, tax, and legal advisors to maximize the charitable legacy and impact they can have on the community, issues, and organizations they care most about. This session will highlight the unique roles played by community foundations as a partner to financial advisors and their charitable clients.HR 2: Doing Well and Doing Good: Business Opportunities in Charitable Planning and Philanthropy - Charitable planning continues to grow in relevance to individuals and families as a result of the demographics in our country and the evolving intergenerational transfer of wealth. Much complexity is involved in planning and structuring gifts because of the need to ensure that the donor’s intentions are met and possible tax benefits are realized. The four-person panel will be guided through a discussion of the roles played by the various professions in completing gifts, the opportunities to generate business from such transactions and several specific gifting techniques that are effective in meeting their clients’ philanthropic objectives as well as income and tax benefits.
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VIDEO June Chapter Meeting
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Hour 1: The Washington Update with Presenter Jeff Bush: The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the political environment, prospective legislation and strategies for investment, wealth transfer and retirement planning. Jeff Bush will provide insight on the upcoming election, congress, fiscal issues, tax reform and the DOL fiduciary rules. He will teach advisors strategies to use to take advantage of (or protect against) market volatility and upcoming legislation.
Hour 2: DOL’s Proposed Rule: Redefining the Role of a Fiduciary with Presenter Eugene Maloney: On April 14, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new definition of “fiduciary” and “fiduciary investment advice” under ERISA and the tax code. The proposal is sweeping in its scope and will apply to broker-dealers and advisers who provide advice regarding IRA rollovers and investments. Mr. Maloney will explain the new paradigm proposed by the DOL and what these changes mean for broker-dealers and advisers.
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VIDEO May Chapter Meeting
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Hour 1: Alternative Investing: A Key to New Possibilities with Presenter Jeff Brainard CFS, CFP®: The objective of this presentation is to educate advisors on the benefits of alternative investments and illustrate how alternatives may be used as part of an overall financial portfolio. As the global financial markets become increasingly intertwined, economic data and events in the U.S. can now have a major impact on the overseas markets, and vise versa. As a result, correlations among markets have increased, making it more challenging to diversify investment portfolios. Against this backdrop, there has been a steady increase in alternative investments as suitable investments for investors looking to further diversify their portfolios.
Hour 2: 8 Insider Tips to Late Stage College Planning with Presenter Chris Wills: College is now the second largest purchase most people make in their lives, yet most know more about buying a television. The significant increase in cost and complexity has families desperate for answers, and offers financial advisors a tremendous opportunity to provide value. College planning is much more than 529 plans, and understanding this hot topic better can elevate you and your practice. You will not want to miss hearing a local expert provide strategies and insider tips on late-stage college planning to help families navigate the complicated college process and save tens of thousands of dollars.
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VIDEO Social Security Optimization and Retirement Income Planning with Presenter David Cechanowicz
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Seventy-four percent of Social Security recipients are taking early retirement benefits. Many of those people may have made a serious financial mistake. Some of them can correct it. Election strategies combined with income tax planning may make hundreds of thousands of dollars of difference to your clients over their lifetimes. The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges has made a significant change in the landscape of Social Security claiming decisions. The Budget Reconciliation Act of 2015 has modified claiming strategies as we knew them. These broad sweeping changes to the foundations of retirement income necessitate that you understand how they may affect your clients. Since Social Security is a foundation piece of the retirement income plan it is important to understand timing and claiming strategies. A significant part of that understanding centers on the relationship between Social Security benefits and all of the client's other income sources. Social Security recipients are subject to the highest marginal income tax rates in the United States. We will reveal how various sources of income change the tax landscape for retirees. You will go away with ideas of how to optimize not only a Social Security claim but the retirement income plan as well.
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VIDEO A Morning with Jay Mooreland
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Hour 1 - Preparing to Act Rationally in Next Anomaly
Market anomalies can catch investors by surprise, causing investors to make investment decisions that are not commensurate with their investment objectives. Mr. Mooreland will cover three important topics that help investors better understand why these anomalies occur and what drives them.
Hour 2 - Personality Driven Financial Coaching
Volatility is the nature of the stock markets. Excessive “noise” from media outlets permeates the financial media. This presentation will cover four main areas that will empower financial professionals to re-define their role as a coach and a teacher to help their clients make better investment decisions.
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VIDEO 2016 Economic Conditions and Forecast
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Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. will provide an economic overview of current conditions as well as forecasted economic trends for 2016. Items to be covered will include the outlook for inflation, housing markets, GDP economic indicators and growth, interest rate forecasts, employment outlook and global economic growth.
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VIDEO Wealth Management Decisions with Ross Levin
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Ross Levin will touch on the various areas of wealth management and how advisors make decisions with their clients. He will be going through the key areas of wealth management and discuss frameworks for helping clients make integrated decisions. Topics will include: aspects of moral psychology, decision making, general wealth management (investment, tax, cash flow, estate and debt planning) to incorporate in helping clients make the best strategic decisions for themselves.
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VIDEO Behavioral Finance - The Nature of Investing
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Biomimicry and complex adaptive systems (CAS) provide intellectual frameworks that are rooted in science, inherently adaptive and creative. These characteristics provide a great complement to many of our other business tools and “mental models.”
Learning Objectives:
• Explore some of the shortcomings of neoclassical economic theory and modern portfolio theory
• Understand the relevance of complex adaptive systems and biomimicry as tools to offset those shortcomings and to improve our investment decision-making.
• Analyze case studies to bring the above theory to life.
• Gain knowledge and tools to employ in daily investment practice.
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VIDEO Investment Planning
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Hour 1: Navigating the ETF Landscape | Myths and Realities, Presenter Dominic Maister: In an ever changing investment landscape, ETFs have become a larger part of the discussion for investors. However, there are still many questions. This discussion will provide you with perspective on the current landscape; where we’ve been, where we are today and trends moving forward. It will also address some of the myths and realities of ETFs while providing a framework to make more sound decisions when considering ETFs in today’s constantly changing landscape.
Hour II: Smart Beta and Factor Investing, Presenter Rene Casis: Smart Beta continues to evolve and investors are increasingly implementing factor-based strategies. There is, however, continued debate about the definition of Smart Beta. This session will provide insight and industry perspective on smart beta – how it is defined, how portfolios are designed, and how they are used to help achieve investment outcomes.
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