November Connections Newsletter 2012

The American College - Connections: Inside The DNA of Financial Services
November 2012  

PhD in Financial Services and Retirement Planning: Take the Next Step in Your Career

Doctorate in Financial Services and Retirement

Thanks to a generous endowment from New York Life, The American College is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest program, the PhD in Financial Services and Retirement Planning. A degree unlike any other, The College is bringing this program to you in time for the 2013 academic year.

Doctoral students will complete a rich curriculum, taught by leading experts
in the fields of:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Pensions
  • Financial Asset Distribution
  • Retirement and Aging
  • Econometrics, and more

This program is designed to take financial services professionals past the practice and into the theory and research behind the financial decision-making process. Students will contribute original research to the financial services industry and advance the prevailing level of public financial literacy. This program is the natural next step for teaching faculty, actuaries, bankers, financial planners, insurance agents, economists, and anyone else involved in the industry who wants to advance his or her career to the next level.

Download the application — the College is now accepting applications, and will be making a final decision regarding the composition of the first class no later than early January 2013. The first cohort will consist of approximately 23 students.

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Chicago Live

Many thanks to our event sponsor, Pacific Life, and our lunch sponsor, Futurity First!

Panel Discussion - Obama's Re-Election:
What it means for you and your profession!

Don't miss Chicago Live! The next nationwide Alumni Tour for The American College is rapidly approaching! Chicago LIVE is scheduled for Friday, December 7, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The cost is $35 per seat or $350 for a table of 12.

This event combines a powerful panel discussion on how the election will affect your practice with presentations on other key industry topics. Moderated by The American College President and CEO, Dr. Larry Barton, CAP®, the panel discussion features an in-depth examination of President Obama's re-election and what it means for the financial services industry.

Featured panel participants include:

  • Chris Morton, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU). In this role, Chris is the principal liasion to Congress where he represents the interests of 2,000 of the nation's top financial services professionals.
  • Keith Hickerson, Senior Strategy Consultant, The American College. Keith is the architect of the institution's government relations plan and regularly meets with key Washington legislative leaders. Prior to joining The American College, he was a Vice President of Corporate Marketing with Unum.

Topics to be discussed as part of this in-depth overview include:

  • Estate Planning
  • The"Fiscal Cliff"
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • The cash build-up of life insurance

Other outstanding presentations include:

  • Industry Update
    Larry Barton, CAP®, PhD
    President and CEO, The American College
  • “Repeal, Sunset, Reform, Clawback… What Are Our Opportunities to Protect Families?”
    Ted Kurlowicz, JD, LLM, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP, CAP®
    Charles E. Drimal Professor of Estate Planning
    Professor, Taxation, The American College


  • “Post-Election Economy”
    Quincy Krosby, PhD
    Chief Marketing Strategist, Prudential Annuities
  • “The Financial Goals, Concerns, and Actions of Women Business Owners”
    Mary Quist-Newins, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®
    Director of the State Farm® Center for Women & Financial Services, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
Join us for a newsworthy program that provides information you can use NOW to make your practice more productive and profitable.

If you have any questions, please call Allen Thomas at
610-526-1222 or Bryan Yackulic at 610-526-1232.

2012 President’s Dinner in Chicago


2012 President' Dinner in ChicagoDon’t miss out!

Join us in Chicago for the 2012 President’s Dinner at the Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier, where we'll be honoring 2 industry icons, Peter C. Browne, LUTCF and Alan Press, CLU®, LUTCF.

This black-tie gala will feature a cocktail hour, live entertainment, delicious four-course dining, and the presentation of the prestigious Huebner Gold Medal, The American College’s highest honor. It will truly be an evening to remember!

To register, contact Rana McNamara at
610-526-1323 or

RICP designation

Second course for new RICPâ„¢ designation now available!

Our new Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICPâ„¢) designation offers a unique, advanced program that empowers you to create sustainable retirement income for your clients.

We’re pleased to announce that Sources of Retirement Income
(HS 354)
— the second of three required courses — is now available. Learn practical strategies for generating and accumulating retirement income, based on each client’s situation.This course prepares you to recommend the optimal Social Security claiming age, maximize employer-provided retirement benefits, leverage IRAs and self-employed pension benefits, choose viable annuity options, and select the best investment strategies for retirement assets.

Click below to see examples of relevant, engaging content from the course:

  • Software tools for Social Security decisions: View a discussion with Bill Reichenstein and Bill Meyer on using software tools for helping a client evaluate the Social Security claiming decision.
  • Deferred income annuities: Watch an interview with Curtis Cloke about using deferred income annuities in retirement income planning.
  • Asset allocation: See an interview with Michael Kitces on changing asset allocation as the client ages.


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CFP combo classes

Taking the March CFP® Exam?

Mark your calendar:
January 16–23
in Las Vegas, NV

The American College is offering a special live program that combines the new required case-study course with a comprehensive exam review, so you’ll be ready to sit for CFP Board’s next exam in March.

The package includes:

  • Completion of your case-study course requirement.
  • Comprehensive preparation for your CFP Board exam.
  • All study materials for the CFP® exam, including online access to all textbooks, video lectures, and practice tests!
  • Only $1,599 for the full package1!
  • Limited space available—act now!
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1Students participating in the combo class are responsible for their own travel arrangements, lodging, and meals. The $1,599 price includes tuition and study materials but does not include hotel, meals, or travel.


Chartered Healthcare Consultant

What Your Clients Expect You to Know

ChHC® Classes starting soon!

Advisors who understand the practical implications of healthcare reform and how to move to a consulting-based practice will win in this environment.

Your College has prepared two 10-week Chartered Healthcare Consultant® webinar courses to help you stay ahead of this historic legislation:

Essentials of Healthcare Reform (HS 345):
All of the practical basics, timelines and terminology, as well as an overview of how the new laws will impact you and your clients.
Professor: Arthur Tacchino, JD
Tuition: $750 per course
Next Start: November 27, from 1 — 3 pm ET

The Healthcare Consultant (HS 346):
How to create a vibrant healthcare consulting practice under the new legal and regulatory landscape.
Professor: Arthur Tacchino, JD
Tuition: $750 per course
Next Start: November 28, from 1 — 3 pm ET

Registrations are on a first-come,
first-served basis — these courses
are expected to fill up quickly!

REgister Today

or call a Professional Education Counselor at


Hunter L. Gimbel

Hunter L. Gimbel: November Alumni of the Month

Hunter Gimbel began his career in financial services in 2005. He joined Rosenzweig Financial Services as a Vice President in 2009. Hunter advises healthcare professionals throughout their careers, focusing on the following:

• Protecting their ability to earn an income;
• Minimizing and managing their student debt;
• Reviewing and monitoring their credit reports for errors; and
• Strategizing for future security.

Hunter is extremely committed to the Financial Services Industry. He is the Director at Large for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), where he also serves as Chairman of the Young Advisors Team (YAT). YAT is a program designed to educate and guide young advisors in the financial services industry. In addition, he speaks locally in the industry about education, professionalism, and the value of academic programs at The American College.

He currently is enrolled at The American College, where he is scheduled to complete his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) by December 2012.



Congratulations, Hunter!


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are you a Giver or a Taker?

Are You a GIVER or a TAKER?

It's true.

Some people forget the building blocks — people and institutions — that helped fuel their success.

We believe that The American College merits your support. In addition to helping you achieve the best credentials in insurance and financial planning, we strive to provide you with ongoing support through research, continuing education, and free access to online interviews with the foremost financial services experts — all designed to keep your practice current.

Will you consider making a donation to the Annual Giving Campaign to continue our efforts to build a stronger College? Now, more than ever, we need your support.

Make a donation today using our secure online giving form OR call
Rana McNamara at 610-526-1223.

Thank you for your commitment to the
highest level of professionalism in our field!


Post-Election Tax Implications

One of the most-watched videos in our history is the 15-minute overview of the PPACA and how it might impact your clients. This video has been widely distributed by many companies to their advisors because of the factual and easy-to-discern highlights you need to know.

Click to Watch the Video



NAIFA conference April8-9, 2013

You Can Impact Decisions On The Tax Treatment Of Life Insurance!
Join The 1,000 Advisors Visiting Congress
April 8-9, 2013

Save this date now and make plans to be in DC April 8-9, 2013. Discussions on any grand bargain to reduce our national debt and deficits will be in full swing, and the tax treatment of life insurance is at risk.

You don't need to be a member of NAIFA to help in this important work. Learn more about NAIFA's Congressional Conference and join the 1,000 financial advisors who will make sure their views are heard on the Hill!

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