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DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS: EXPLORING WEALTH IN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY 

From Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

A new study reveals how common experiences—and challenges—have defined the goals and concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals.

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WHY INCLUSION STARTS IN THE C-SUITE 

From Knowledge@Wharton

IWI Executive Education Partner

Wharton’s Stephanie Creary speaks with global diversity expert Gwen Houston about why senior executives must lead inclusion efforts.

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Articles and White Papers

FIVE STEPS TO DELIVER MORE EQUITABLE FINANCIAL PLANNING 

From MIT AgeLab

In the final installment of the MIT AgeLab’s Aging and Equity virtual presentation series, Dr. Miranda Reiter, Assistant Professor of Financial Planning at Texas Tech University, describes the relationship between the financial planning industry and the racial wealth gap, as well as steps the industry could take to help lessen economic racial disparities.

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BUILDING A DIVERSE PRACTICE: THE VALUE OF CFP® CERTIFICATION TO FEMALE ADVISORS 

From CFP Board

At a moment in the wealth management industry where winning over women clients has never been more important, female advisors play a crucial role in driving the industry’s shift toward more holistic financial planning services according to a new study from Aite Group that was commissioned by CFP Board.

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A BOARD VIEW ON E, S, AND G 

From the Investments & Wealth Monitor

Corporate boards are navigating the new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) cultural frontier in concert with the broad shifts of corporate responsibility from financial shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism.

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TRENDS IN INVESTOR PREFERENCES: GENDER CONSIDERATIONS AND CLIENT ENGAGEMENT  

From Investments & Wealth Research

Cerulli Associates examines investor preferences through the gender lens to highlight considerations for advisors as the industry tries to better engage with historically underserved segments of the population.

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A GLIMPSE INTO THE INVISIBLE MINORITY

Sponsored by American Century Investments

American Century Investments Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development Sibil Sebastian, CFA, CAIA, shares her perspective on the invisible minority and how understanding the accomplishments, challenges, and individualism of Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups can grow your financial practice.

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MELLODY HOBSON: DIVERSIFYING PERSONNEL AS WELL AS PORTFOLIOS 

The Master Series, from the Journal of Investment Consulting

Mellody Hobson, president and co-chief executive officer of Ariel Investments, speaks with the Journal of Investment Consulting Editorial Advisory Board about why diversification among corporate leaders and investment consultants is as vital as portfolio diversification.

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IMPACT INVESTING: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

From the Journal of Investment Consulting

To help portfolio managers stay up-to-date on current opportunities and challenges in impact and environmental, social, and governance investing, the Journal of Investment Consulting arranged a discussion among three leaders in this field: Ron Cordes, Rochelle Gunn, and Debbie McCoy.

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HOW DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION INFORMS ESG ANALYSIS

Sponsored by American Century Investments

Gender equality issues across all aspects of society remain an important global focus. In this article, American Century Investments ESG analyst Hannah Herold discusses the importance of gender equality initiatives in corporate workplaces and boardrooms.

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WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CLOSE THE WEALTH GAP?

From Knowledge@Wharton

IWI Executive Education Partner

Wharton’s Katherine Klein talks to John W. Rogers Jr., founder of the country’s oldest Black-owned asset management firm, about what it will take to close the widening racial wealth gap in America.

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DESIREE MALDONADO: FIRST CPWA® CERTIFICANT IN PUERTO RICO

From the Investments & Wealth Monitor

Investments & Wealth Monitor celebrates our female and minority advisors with a profile of Desiree Maldonado.

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DISABILITY ETIQUETTE AND PEOPLE-FIRST LANGUAGE

From ThinkAdvisor

The need to create a mutual comfort level with people with disabilities and their caregivers when discussing their financial future is even more acute than is typically the case. Simple guidelines about disability etiquette and people-first language will help you feel at ease, while signaling that you are part of the community.

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LEADERSHIP PROFILE: DOROTHY E. BOSSUNG, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, RMA®

From the Investments & Wealth Monitor

Dorothy E. Bossung is chair-elect of the Investments & Wealth Institute (IWI, formerly IMCA) for the 2021 term and will become chair for 2022–2023. Investments & Wealth Monitor profiles her career as part of its Leadership Profile series.

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Institute Blog: Investment Sense


Professional Development

WEALTH MANAGEMENT ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

September 1 - December 8

Are you an accelerator? Spend the next three plus months propelling your career forward with the actionable tools and education you need to become a private wealth expert. This is for the advanced professional, the go-getter, the competitor. We have taken six months of premier content and practical instruction and consolidated it into a three plus month intense, focused timeline to empower you to earn your Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification in record time. Do you have the drive it takes to succeed? This program is limited to 50 accelerators so book your spot by August 25th. Complete your CPWA® certification from Sept. 1 to Dec. 8, 2021.

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100-DAY ADVISOR CHALLENGE: FALL EDITION

September 20 - November 30

This academic commitment isn’t for everyone. It will take determination, perseverance, and grit. It was designed for competitive professionals looking to challenge themselves over a period of 100 days. You will be pushed to approach things through a new lens, adopt new habits, and solve complex problems using our Retirement Management Advisor® framework. Throughout your journey, you’ll have a team of top practitioners motivating and encouraging you. You’ll have exercises, case studies, and thought-provoking discussions. The final step in your fall 100-Day Advisor Challenge culminates with a rigorous exam. As a reward, you will earn bragging rights as a retirement expert! Upon passing the exam, you will be able to proudly showcase your Retirement Management Advisor® or RMA® credentials.

Apply by September 13, 2021 with promo code FALL100AC to save $500!

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Institute Announcements

  • Survey: Help the Institute with Planning Our Educational Sessions

    The Investments & Wealth Institute is seeking your input to help us in planning upcoming Institute educational sessions. Please provide your opinion by taking a short, 17-question survey. Please rank the topics from 1 to 17, with 1 being most interested and 17 being least-interested. Please provide your feedback ...
  • Forthcoming Study Indicates in a 50%+ Market Decline Investors Will Act Against Best Interests

    The Investments & Wealth Institute, in partnership with the Behavioral Investing Institute, recently conducted a study on how both advisors and investors perceive bubbles and market crises. The survey results revealed the depth of client temptations, their fears of market declines and understanding of their portfolios. The ...
  • The Investments & Wealth Institute Brings New Accelerator Program to Advisors

    Investments & Wealth Institute® is proud to announce a new executive education program for advanced financial advisors looking to accelerate their level of expertise and become a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) in about three months. The Wealth Management Accelerator Program kicks off on September 1, 2021. This program ...


Online Education and Podcasts

LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION IN THE WORLD OF FINANCIAL ADVICE W/ CRAIG YOUNG

Exceptional Advisor Podcast: Leadership Exchange Series

Host Sean R. Walters, CAE®, Chief Executive Officer, Investments & Wealth Institute, interviews Craig Young, Managing Director, National Business Development Executive at Merrill Lynch, on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the world of financial advice.

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GENDER DIVERSITY IN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

On-Demand Recording

A growing body of research shows that increasing the number of women in investing can boost returns, reduce volatility, and create jobs from Wall Street to Main Street. This presentation will focus on providing key facts about how gender diversity can positively impact your bottom line by harnessing cognitive and behavioral alpha generation, while also providing practical solutions to recruiting and retaining female employees.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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WOMEN IN WEALTH: EMPOWERING WOMEN TO OWN THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURES

On-Demand Recording

As an advisor, you can help empower and educate your female clients in the best ways to fulfill their financial potential. While traditional investing programs have ignored the unique experiences of women that impact their financial lives, modern plans acknowledge the unique circumstances that impact women more than men. Whether you are just starting your career, redefining wealth, planning philanthropic giving, or helping your clients retire, there are steps to help your clients become more confident and empowered when dealing with finance.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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SERVING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF LGBTQ CLIENTS (REMASTERED)

Exceptional Advisor Podcast

Frederick Hertz, JD, attorney and mediator at the law and mediation offices of Frederick Hertz, talks about how advisors can meet the unique needs of LGBTQ clients.

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BUILDING TRUST WITHIN DIVERSE TEAMS

On-Demand Recording

Today’s organizations face a challenging and dynamic competitive landscape. The ability to attract, engage, and retain employees is crucial to an organization’s success. Recognizing the underlying individual differences, strengths, and perspectives of team members can help build teams that can overcome barriers to ensure performance and greater client retention. Tune into this session to learn some best practices for building trusting relationships with clients within your team.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19: WOMEN IN WEALTH PERSPECTIVES

On-Demand Recording

The long-term effects of COVID-19 on the advice industry are both wide-reaching and profound. Learn how industry leaders are developing new strategies to add significant value in the face of these challenges.

3 Hours of CE Credit.

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RELATE AND CONNECT TO YOUR CLIENTS

Exceptional Advisor Podcast

Michael Falk, CFA®, CRC, partner at Focus Consulting Group, discusses creating and maintaining client connections virtually. The work hasn't changed, Falk explains, the connection point has.

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ADVISING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Exceptional Advisor Podcast

Desiree Maldonado, financial consultant at Popular Securities, LLC, talks about advising in turbulent times. Her experiences include adjusting to working from home, understanding and adopting new technologies, and more.

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WOMEN IN WEALTH: BALANCING A CRISIS AND BEYOND

On-Demand Recording

Women in financial services represent less than 17 percent of the industry population. Listen in on a candid conversation among four female top performers as they discuss how to re-brand the industry, making it more attractive for women, and how they are addressing today's challenges and beyond.

1.5 Hours of CE Credit.

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