FPA Announces Oct. 9-12 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, WSJ editor David Wessel, 'End of the Free Market' author Ian Bremmer to speak

The Financial Planning Association has announced the three keynote speakers who will share their global and domestic financial perspectives at the FPA's October 9-12 annual conference.

This year's keynote speakers are:

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who will kick off the conference at the opening general session on Saturday, October 9, and discuss personal life, work life, and the financial and debt crisis.

Ariely was the subject of an Investment Advisor cover story in April 2010 called "Predictably Irrational," in which he told IA columnist Olivia Mellan how advisors can use his research in their practices. His new book, "The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home," explores the findings of his latest research.

On Sunday, October 10, David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, will share information on the macro economy, global trade, and economic trends.

Ian Bremmer, political scientist and president of the Eurasia Group, will close the conference on Monday, October 11, with an address about how global geopolitics affects the domestic economy and markets. Bremmer has written many books, the most recent of which is "The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?"

FPA Denver 2010 is also offering several new educational sessions: Future of Planning, Marketing and Business Development, Risk Management and State Insurance, Advanced Planning, and Young Professionals.

"Additionally, this year's educational sessions will highlight legislative reform updates and fiduciary practices, as well as trends and new ideas in healthcare planning, wealth management, risk management, business development, and technology," said Emily Guadagnoli, chair of the FPA's educational task force, in an email.

Discounted conference registration is available through August 27. It's $675 for FPA members and $925 for non members. After August 27, registration fees increase to $875 for FPA members and $1,125 for non-members.

"FPA Denver 2010 is less than two months away and we are looking forward to hosting the largest annual gathering of the financial planning profession in the home city of the Financial Planning Association. We are currently ahead on projections for registrations and if we stay on track, we are anticipating between 2,500 and 3,000 attendees in October," Guadagnoli said.

For more information about FPA Denver 2010, join its LinkedIn group, which currently numbers 161 members. Each day brings new topics such as outreach on activities at FPA Denver, student inquiries, and international conversations. "The group has been well-received and it's been great to see that conversations are happening organically through attendees, task force participants, and FPA members," Guadagnoli said.

FPA Denver 2010 will also launch a major pro-bono initiative, Financial Planning Days, to provide free financial education and programming to underserved populations throughout the U.S. Spearheaded by FPA and national non-profit partners, hundreds of qualified, knowledgeable financial planners will offer free, no-strings-attached advice to Denver residents.

Read more about FPA's financial education program for underserved communities from the archives of InvestmentAdvisor.com.

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