The Financial Planning Association (FPA) and Janus announced the 2008 deadlines for entries for the Financial Frontiers Awards, a program that "promotes advanced research that expands the body of knowledge in wealth management and financial planning." Topics for research papers could include, but are not limited to, investments, practice management, retirement planning, general financial planning, and trust and estate planning. New to the 2008 competition are two entry categories: Techniques in Financial Planning and Concepts in Financial Planning. The awards are open to all financial planners, investment consultants, registered representatives, registered investment advisors, bankers, accountants, educators, students, attorneys, and practitioners from the insurance field and trust and estate planning firms. Submissions also are welcome from financial advisors and management or support staff at financial services institutions, regardless of their size.
An early-bird deadline of January 31, 2008, precedes the competition's final deadline of March 3. Fees for entries received by January 31 are $25 for FPA members and $35 for nonmembers. Fees for submissions after January 31 and through March 3 are $50 for FPA members and $70 for nonmembers.
In addition, professionals in the financial services field are invited to serve on the Financial Frontiers Awards judges' panel. Judges will be selected and assigned to two levels of review after a thorough evaluation of all applications by Janus and FPA. To learn more, visit www.FinancialFrontiersAwards.com.
The winners for the 2007 competition were David Blanchett for "Determining the Optimal Distribution Glidepath," and Shawn Brayman for "Beyond Monte Carlo Analysis: A Replacement for a Misunderstood Practice."