Join the Excitement ... The Innovative, Hands-On Education Provided by the Financial Planning Program at Alfred State College
The Financial Planning Program at Alfred State College, with its highly experienced faculty, provides students with a wealth of experiences designed to prepare them to become future leaders in the financial planning community.
Mission: In today's complex financial world, individual Americans and their families both need and deserve comprehensive, integrated and holistic financial planning advice to provide them with the means to identify and achieve their lifetime financial goals. In order to meet the increasing demand for financial advice of the highest quality, the mission of the SUNY at Alfred State College Business Department's Financial Planning BBA Degree Program is to: (1) educate students to the highest standards of excellence; (2) foster intellectual, ethical and personal development; (3) generate meaningful career paths for its graduates in the personal financial planning profession and in related fields; and (4) for students so inclined, to develop the entrepreneurial and management skills which are essential to the development, marketing and management of a financial planning firm or related firms.
Manning & Napier Study Backs a Powerful Way to Manage Portfolio Risk www.thinkadvisor.com/2014/04/23/study-backs-a-powerful-way-to-manage-portfolio-ris http://fw.to/WbioIDH
thinkadvisor.com Diversification across multiple asset classes is one of the most effective risk management tools available to investors, according to Manning & Napier.
Some of the tax/legal issues of paid vs. unpaid internships are posted here. A more relevant issue for recruiters - the best students get paid internships, ranging from $9/hr. to $30/hr., in my experience.
investmentnews.com Most advisory firms pay summer interns, but those that don't say the experience is still worthwhile.
Interesting series at InvestmentNews: Tracking Several First-Year Financial Planners and Their Experiences http://www.investmentnews.com/section/specialreport/20130609/YEAR1?utm_source=issuealert-20140323&utm_medium=in-newsletter&utm_campaign=investmentnews&utm_term=text
[03/21/14] Interesting Article About Hiring "Gen Y" into Financial Planning Firms http://www.financial-planning.com/news/managing-gen-y-what-advisors-must-know-2688685-1.html?utm_campaign=daily-mar%2021%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
Potential students - do you qualify for Alfred State's scholarships?
There are new award criteria for the three scholarships which are part of the Distinguished Scholars Program. If you possess a high school GPA of 89 or better, and an SAT score of 1150 or above (or an ACT composite score of 24 or above), you may be eliegible for a substantial scholarship to attend Alfred State.
Contact Alfred State's Admissions Deparatment for more information.
What we can learn now from older persons ... don't possess regrets at the end of your life. http://scholarfp.blogspot.com/2014/03/will-you-have-regrets-what-older.html
How Much Are Financial Advisors Getting Paid?
While the answer varies a GREAT DEAL depending on where you firm is located (upscale market vs. mass market, region of the country) and what type of firm you are in - and how good your firm is at client acquisition, this recent article shares some insights:
In larger RIA firms:
Senior Advisors: $218,600 (but another survey says $145,000)
Mid-Level Advisors: $103,250
Associate Advisor (new hire): $71,250.
I would caution, however, that in western New York State most of our graduates (as to those who stay in this area) are receiving compensation packages of $30,000 to $50,000, plus incentives (bonuses), if salaried. Those who work on a commission basis report either very low compensation their first year ($10,000, after expenses) or very high compensation ($75,000+).
One thing is certain - as the market has rebounded and is now at new highs, advisor compensation has increased in recent years.
financial-planning.com At the highest- performing firms, incentive pay and equity are becoming key components of advisor compensation.
Scholarships for CFP Exam, From New Planner Recruiting
New Planner Recruiting has long been committed to supporting the next generation of financial planners by helping them to find the right financial planning jobs that will help them jumpstart their careers. And while we’ve always encouraged aspiring planners to pursue the CFP certification so they will be well positioned for long-term career success, now we’re excited to announce that we’ll be able to help even more directly, with our new CFP certification exam fee scholarship program!
This new merit-based scholarship program will offer three CFP candidates in 2014 a chance to receive $600 to cover the entire cost of their CFP certification exam fee. Scholarship candidates must be currently enrolled in a CFP Board registered program or have recently completed one, fill out an application for the scholarship itself demonstrating academic and personal accomplishments (along with a copy of transcript and two letters of recommendation), and sit for and pass the CFP exam prior to December, 31 2015. The $600 scholarship will be paid to winning candidates upon proof that they successfully passed the CFP exam.
For those who are interested in pursuing the scholarship, they can see further details on the eligibility requirements and process, as well as apply for the scholarship itself, by visiting http://newplannerrecruiting.com/scholarship-program/?utm_source=CFP+Board+Registered+Program+Directors&utm_campaign=163ef7c718-March_2014_Job_Announcements3_4_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6127ff3419-163ef7c718-75760301
newplannerrecruiting.com Improve Your Business Today - Recruit, Train and Engage Top New Planners Today!
Follow Your Heart ... with a Silver Nose (Thoughts on choosing the right career path) http://scholarfp.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-silver-nose-follow-your-heart.html
Nice article illustrating the need for lifelong learning in financial planning. http://www.yardleywealth.net/2012/04/19/why-does-financial-planning-seem-so-hard-hint-there-is-a-lot-to-it/
yardleywealth.net While investments have always been difficult for consumers to figure out, the ideas behind financial planning are still relatively new, and as the field grows it seems to get harder. There has been...
As this article points out, millenials need mentors. Would you like to volunteer to serve as a mentor to one of our Financial Planning Program students? What's involved - three phone calls (or, if in the same area, perhaps short meetings) a year, to discuss career path advice, networking, "life in the day of a financial planner," etc. Or, perhaps one of our students can shadow you for a day. If interested, please contact Asst. Prof. Ron Rhoades, [email protected]. Thank you.
financial-planning.com Advisors who want to hire millennials need to extend a hand, says one workplace consultant.
Great piece about training newly hired financial advisors, with good quotes from Caleb Brown of New Planner Recruiting. http://www.financial-planning.com/fp_issues/2014_2/how-to-train-new-advisors-2688053-1.html?utm_campaign=daily-jan%2031%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
financial-planning.com You ve finally hired some smart young associates. Consider these ideas to make them as productive as possible.
Job Posting - Financial Advisor in Orchard Park, NY (Near Buffalo)
The Director of Staffing at Moldenhauer and Associates in Orchard Park has contacted Alfred State. The firm is currently looking to fill an open Advisor role. Any graduate in the near future, or alumni, should feel free to apply. Please contact:
Ron Toczek, Director of Staffing
Moldenhauer & Associates
6195 W. Quaker Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/2742515?trk=tyah
moldenhauerassociates.com Moldenhauer & Associates provides independent financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, trust, and business consulting services for clients in Buffalo and throughout Western New York.
Another great article from Caleb Brown, a nationwide recruiter for top financial planning firms. http://www.financial-planning.com/gallery/fp/advisors-ten-tips-to-retain-new-hires-2687958-1.html?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=-jan%2022%202014&utm_source=newsletter
financial-planning.com What should you be doing to ensure that your culture and management mentality perpetuate an attractive place for new hires to work and grow for years to come? Here are some tips to consider.
RCAP becomes the second-largest independent broker-dealer. And another articles notes that independent BDs are capturing more market share than any other channel at present. Dual registration (both as Registered Rep of Broker-Dealer Firm and as an Independent Advisor Representative of an associated RIA firm) presents opportunities for such growth (although challenges remain when mixing the business models). http://www.financial-planning.com/news/new-mega-firm-rcap-announces-acquisition-of-cetera-2687941-1.html?utm_campaign=daily-jan%2020%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
financial-planning.com RCS Capital moved to become the nation s second-largest independent broker-dealer by advisor count on Thursday by agreeing to purchase Cetera Financial Group for $1.15 billion in cash.
Recruiting for financial services firms is on the rise, as this recent article sets forth. http://www.financial-planning.com/news/northwestern-mutual-to-recruit-2687954-1.html?utm_campaign=daily-jan%2020%202014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
financial-planning.com Recruiting & Hiring: Northwestern Posts Financial Advisor Jobs
Drinking and Driving: Just Say No (at any level of drinking) ... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140116084842.htm
sciencedaily.com A study finds that even "minimally buzzed" drivers - BAC 0.01 percent - are 46 percent more likely to be officially and solely blamed by accident investigators than are the sober drivers they collide with.
Most geniuses did their best work early in life? One reason why ... Older persons (faculty members?) have "fuzzy" low-definition memories relative to younger persons' (college students?) HD minds! http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140114091842.htm#.UthTe9-z6Zk.twitter
sciencedaily.com It’s not that younger people are able to remember more than older people. Their memories seem better because they are able to retrieve them in higher definition. So says a researcher, in a study that sheds light on how differences in the behavioral and neural activity of younger and older adul...
The Magical "Guiding Stone" - One Person's Secret to a Successful Life: http://scholarfp.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-magical-guiding-stone.html
Supply and Demand Drives Advisor Pay Higher ... There is a need for experienced talent in financial planning. How to obtain same? Here's my idea ... recruit from leading collegiate Financial Planning Programs, like that of Alfred State, and train, train, train. All of our program's students undertake a one-semester, 35-hour (min.), 15-week internship, either during the Summer, Fall or Spring - a great way to try out a new addition to your staff (and get assistance to move projects along in your firm).
thinkadvisor.com FA Insight’s 2013 People and Pay Study illuminates how applying the right reward structure can help firms attract, motivate and retain team members.
Big Changes Coming in the Way CFP Board Administers its Exam ... http://www.thinkadvisor.com/2014/01/10/cfp-board-switches-to-computer-based-exam-testing?utm_source=compliance011014&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_campaign=compliance&eNL=52d000ed140ba04675000055&_LID=112782214
thinkadvisor.com The CFP Board cites a shorter exam and more available testing dates among other benefits.
Classes are held in Brooklyn, NY and Oceanside, NY.
The Bret Llewellyn Gallery at Alfred State College is a contemporary art exhibition space featuring work by regional and national artists.
Lovin' Arms is a Group Family Day Care in Alfred, NY. We register children ages 6 weeks through school age into our program.
Alfred State College MECH 7223 Energy Systems Spring 2016 Group Members: Dominic Freudenvoll William Faes John Buyea
Summer Programs @ Alfred http://art.alfred.edu/summer-school/
KSA (Korean Student Association) at Alfred University is an organization with a purpose of helping both international and domestic Korean students at AU
Alfred State College is a diverse club for students & alumni in all curriculums. We design, build, and compete in various robotics based competitions.
We are a fully chartered Mens' Fraternity at Alfred State College founded on Brotherhood, Academics, Community Service, and Leadership.
Alfred State College is located in Western New York in the town of Alfred. The men's basketball team is an independent member of NCAA Division 3.
Hit the Ground Running ... with Alfred State athletics.
Our department engages students in hands-on learning on our college farm, our vet tech animal center and college greenhouses.