Professional Development

 

 

By NAPA Net Staff3/22/2015 • 0 Comments

For the first time, plan advisors now have a way to demonstrate that they have the expertise required to act as a plan fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities: the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff9/23/2014 • 0 Comments

More than 100 financial advisor attendees of Matrix’s 2014 Get Connected Conference recently attained NAPA’s Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) credential. 

 

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By ASPPA 6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

How to Write an Investment Policy Statement is a guide to help its reader understand how to structure a policy statement, how to write a policy statement and, in general, READ MORE

By ASPPA 6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Thornburg’s fiduciary audit file binder sample includes a table of contents and tabs for organizing plan documents, Thornburg’s “Summary of Fiduciary Responsibilities” and “Fiduciary Audit File Checklist,” the U.S. Department READ MORE

By ASPPA 6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Powered by Markov Processes International (MPI), this resource offers financial advisors and plan sponsors sophisticated retirement plan research and analysis using integrated Morningstar data, providing uniquely informative institutional-leave reporting. We’ve recently added new enhancements to the MPI tool that will let you and your clients conduct more advanced, customized analysis to help determine which portfolios are most optimal for individual plan needs. READ MORE

By ASPPA 6/26/2014 • 0 Comments

Covers the steps necessary to develop your business statement, commitment to service, description of your team, and your value statement. READ MORE

By John Ortman6/6/2014 • 0 Comments

Recently, the Leadership Center for Investment Stewards, led by Don Trone, completed research into the 10 attributes that are shared by highly effective leaders and decision makers — with an eye out for attributes that are common to both groups.

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By Fred Barstein5/5/2014 • 0 Comments

Asset International, the company that owns PlanSponsor and PlanAdviser, is in active discussion with potential buyers, according to a report by The Deal. Austin Ventures, led by “CEO in residence” Jim Casella, bought AI in 2008 and added mutual fund research company Strategic Insight in 2009 along with other, smaller enterprises. The company has focused on data and research, publishing and events in the financial services market. READ MORE

By ASPPA 4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Best Practices for Investment Committees is a guidebook that provides a clear, concise explanation of how to successfully structure an investment committee and conduct investment committee business. Upon completion READ MORE

By ASPPA 4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

An all-in-one resource guide that contains retirement tools to help you grow your business. This guide includes information about:

Retirement and CE Eligible Presentations and Supporting Material
Our business-building presentations and supporting

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By ASPPA 4/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Insights to help plan sponsors and advisors prepare for a plan audit by providing a road map to help determine:

Whether an audit is required
Whether it can be limited in

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By Don Trone1/27/2014 • 0 Comments

Researchers have concluded that the answer to that either/or question is “yes.” Elite advisors are both born and made. READ MORE

By Don Trone1/27/2014 • 0 Comments

Researchers have concluded that the answer to that either/or question is “yes.” Elite advisors are both born and made.

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By Fred Barstein8/23/2013 • 0 Comments

Where will the next generation of advisors come from and who will train them? The majority of advisors learn their skills at large institutions like wire houses and insurance networks, with some migrating from the provider world. The problem is that this system engenders very little innovation. There are precious few universities teaching these new advisors in an environment that focuses on experimentation and innovation rather than efficiency and hardcore training aimed at getting advisors out on the street as quickly as possible to start generating revenue. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein7/26/2013 • 1 Comments

As NAPA’s 1st Annual DC Fly-in Forum approaches on Sept. 17-18, many top DC Congressional leaders and policymakers have agreed to speak, with more expected. READ MORE

By John Ortman4/26/2013 • 0 Comments

In a video interview with NAPA Net, Don Trone, GFS, discusses the new Leadership Center for Investment Stewards and the boot camp program he developed in conjunction with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The video is now posted on the new NAPA Network video channel. READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff12/14/2012 • 4 Comments

Advisors and industry professionals know that training, certification and continuing education are important — not just for personal and professional growth but also because clients value it. In fact, according to industry research, 95% of plan sponsors value advisor credentials, and 90% are more likely to select an advisor with a credential (even as 91% are not sure what they mean). Financial Service Standards (FSS) put together what appears to be a comprehensive and unbiased guide to the many industry designations (even though they sponsor their own designation). READ MORE

By NAPA Net Staff12/3/2012 • 0 Comments

A new online service allows financial advisors to gather detailed information about the growing number of career opportunities throughout the industry. The “Career Center,” launched Dec. 3 by InvestmentNews, contains information on hundreds of broker-dealers and custodians, as well as individual broker-dealer branches and registered investment advisory firms. It’s intended to give advisors the ability to learn more about a range of industry opportunities, including going independent, transitioning to a wirehouse, or joining an existing RIA. READ MORE