The Story of NexGen (for NexGen Gathering 2017)

FPA NexGen started in 2004 and has quite a story to tell already. With NexGen Gathering happening next weekend, our hope is that those attending will be able to see how special NexGen is, and more importantly, how impactful NexGen Gathering can be.

As with any telling of history like this, there are slightly differing accounts of specific events and we did our best to remain true to the stories we collected. What excited us was the consistent themes of the importance of NexGen and what is the essence, or the soul of NexGen.

We hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you at NexGen Gathering 2017!

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A very special thanks to Aaron Coates, Michael Kitces, Sabrina Lowell, Amy Mullen, Joe Pitzl, Jude Boudreaux, and of course… the Rat Pack!

Shaping the Profession: Growing Together with Academia

This week’s guest is  Dr. Nathan Harness,  the TD Ameritrade Director of Financial Planning at Texas A&M University. I’m excited to talk with Nathan about the past, present and future of financial planning. It is exciting to have an impact on the future of our profession and I hope young professionals continue moving our profession forward towards what it should be.

When we as practitioners partner with academia we can help each other build a stronger profession and ultimately help provide better outcomes for our clients.

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“If students can’t see that this is an opportunity for them then they are never going to be a part of it.”


40 Under 40 2016: Nathan Harness – InvestmentNews

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

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About Michael E. Kitces

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Junior Achievement USA

The Most Important Profession in the 21st Century

Dick WagnerFor this week’s episode I sat down with Richard B. Wagner, JD, CFP® to discuss financial planning as a noble profession.  I should note: Dick has been a thought leader since the 1980s – when financial planning looked quite differently than it does today. He has served in leadership roles in the IAFP and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and he has also served on countless committees and task forces including the CFP Board of Standards.

Dick has been one of the most influential voices throughout the decades and in 2003 he received the P. Kemp Fain Award. He has written several books on our profession (most recently Financial Planning 3.0) and one of his most influential pieces has challenged and inspired us for almost three decades.

Dick wrote “To Think Like a CFP” for the Journal of Financial Planning back in 1989 and today I’m excited to share my conversation with him about that pivotal moment with you.

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“I think it’s a shame that financial services companies believe [financial planning] is a great sales tool… rather than seeing it for all the spectacular abilities that it has and the spectacular needs that it must fill.”

Financial Planning 3.0: Evolving Our Relationships with Money

George Kinder of The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

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Episode 10 – History of Financial Planning

P. Kemp Fain, Jr.For this episode we have a treat. Dr. Dave Yeske, CFP® was kind enough to send us a recorded speech by one of the founders of our profession – P. Kemp Fain, Jr.

P. Kemp Fain, Jr. gave this speech at Texas Tech almost thirty years ago and it will be our starting point as we explore the history of financial planning. Also, as we explore the history of our great profession, I hope other young professionals take up the challenge to find ways to show gratitude to those we know who have paved the way for us.

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“We truly are standing on the shoulders of giants.”


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