July Connections Newsletter 2013

The American College - Connections: Inside The DNA of Financial Services
July 2013  

Dr. Larry BartonA Letter from The President of The American College

Dear Graduate:

Do you know why I am proud of you?

By earning your designation or degree from The American College, you demonstrated to clients, peers and regulators that you understand the importance of education and ethics as attributes of an effective practice.

Take a look at this ad, just released, from a group that will award you two designations in just a few days of study. Is the sponsor an accredited university? What is the pass rate of graduates? Is there a full-time faculty? Are these designations you would want to place on your business cards, and what would compliance officers and regulators think?

Do yourself, and the legacy of Dr. Solomon Huebner, a favor. Share this message with others. Let's ensure that we stand united- 155,000 graduates who understand what a professional designation means. It means rigor, testing, a real curriculum, having to retake exams as needed, and having your credentials recognized by regulators as being best-in-class. For these people to claim they have "the most sought after training in the financial services industry" is a joke. However, it's not funny.

The program referenced above may be education, and I encourage every advisor to learn from any program of value. However, ten years ago I went on CNN and spoke out against the proliferation of designations. Many companies have since ceased to reimburse for or recognize the alphabet soup that's out there. It's confusing to clients. Your College is working with regulators in Washington to trim the list, promote the best and eliminate the clutter.

In this regard, I am enormously proud to announce that starting this fall, your College will begin offering an incredible exam prep program for those studying to become a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®)*, one of the most respected designations with global recognition, similar to the CLU®, ChFC® and the CFP® Certification. We will be announcing more details in just a few weeks.

When I think about weekend designations, I get angry.  I want you to be angry, too.  Let me know your thoughts by emailing me at: Larry.Barton@TheAmericanCollege.edu.

Thank you, and enjoy this issue of Connections.

Dr. Larry Barton

Dr. Larry Barton, CAP®
President, The American College


Alumni Cruise 2013

10 Nights October 6-16
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The 18th American College Alumni Cruise will set sail in fall 2014 for the spectacular beauty of New England, Nova Scotia and Quebec – a rare treat aboard a five-star luxury liner to view parts of your world that are close to home, yet a world away.

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eLearning Module on Healthcare Reform

Announcing a New E-learning Module on Healthcare Reform!

Do you know how healthcare reform will impact your clients? Learn the basics of the new laws in just three quick hours so you can provide knowledgeable answers to all of your clients questions.

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Knowledge Summit 2013

Over 1,000 students, alumni and friends of The College have already registered!

To meet the high demand, we're extending our $100 registration discount to August 15th! Register now, before the price goes up to $625.

Visit The Knowledge Summit website to stay up to date on the latest sessions and speakers. From there, you can view the Summit agenda, read speaker's bios, register for the Summit and reserve your hotel room at the fabulous Caesars Palace!

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CAAFP 2013

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Attend the 8th Annual Conference of African American Professionals and hear from renowned speakers, participate in interactive workshops and more!

Click below to view pictures from the 2012 conference, register, or learn more.

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ChFC featured on CNBC!

Featured on CNBC.com!

Today, the need for trustworthy advisors has become more and more important. The average client looking for financial expertise is sometimes naïve to the dangers of choosing someone who lacks the ethics our students have learned throughout their coursework. That’s why today, more than ever before, earning the mark of trust – a designation from The American College - has become so important. The article below discusses the common pitfalls of the uninformed public, and what they should look for in trustworthy advisors like you!

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Sterling Raskie Alumni of the Month

The Alumni of the Month for July 2013 is Sterling Raskie, MSFS, MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®. Click here to read more about his experience and impact on his industry:

CFP combo classes

Attention CLU® and ChFC® 's: Sitting for the CFP Board's Exam in November?

Join The American College, in partnership with the CFP Board, for an exclusive Webcast on July 9th, 2013 at 1:00pm (EST) to get all of your questions answered. It’s available at no cost to you, so sign up now to guarantee your spot!

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Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans Initiative 2013

Thank you to those who are supporting The American College’s Honoring Our Veterans Initiative benefiting the Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs, which helps veterans transition to a career in financial services.

These contributions were received through June 10, 2013. If you have any questions or would like information on how you can contribute to the Honoring Our Veterans Initiative, please contact Rana McNamara at 610-526-1323 or Rana.McNamara@theamericancollege.edu.

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The American College does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP(with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience, and examination requirements.

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