2017 FSI Forum Preview
(The FSI Forum has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma. Updated 9/7/17)
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August 16, 2017 | FSI
When it comes to developments in the regulatory world, the more things change, the more they sometimes seem to stay the same. Despite the commencement of the implementation process for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule – with the first portions of the rule taking effect earlier this month – significant uncertainty remains over the form and scope of the full rule that will ultimately become effective in January of next year. Thanks to the DOL’s own ongoing review process, many of the details of the final rule remain up in the air – just as they have for the past seven years.
FSI continues to advocate aggressively for our members’ interests on this issue in order to drive further action and, eventually, the development of a uniform fiduciary standard – which we have been on record as favoring since 2009. With the DOL rule now going into effect, however, we are also moving ahead quickly and decisively with our efforts to help our members adapt and thrive in this new environment.
As a key part of this effort, we are proud to present our second annual FSI Forum, scheduled for September 11-13 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The theme of this year’s event, “Thriving in a Post-DOL Fiduciary World,” aligns with FSI’s strong history of stacking the calendar with a variety of valuable opportunities for members to come together to discuss prominent challenges facing the industry, as evidenced by our Capitol Hill Day held in early June.
The Forum’s opening general session will feature Andy Friedman, an expert political and legislative affairs commentator and founder of The Washington Update. Mr. Friedman will discuss President Trump’s recent moves that have overturned or softened many of the financial services regulations put in place by the previous administration, focusing heavily on how the DOL rule will continue to impact firms and advisors. Mr. Friedman will also assess the status of the president’s agenda for the remainder of the year, including his plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, ramp up infrastructure spending and overhaul the tax code.
The next day, the morning general session will be highlighted by a panel discussion led by FSI Executive Vice President and General Counsel David Bellaire on regulatory trends, followed by a second panel of top industry professionals on coping with the DOL rule from the perspective of a firm CEO, compliance executive and financial advisor.
Day two of the event will wrap up with a presentation by Vinh Giang, an internationally renowned magician and communicator who will speak to members about the psychology of magic and how it can inspire professionals to aim high, create positive change and become top performers in their fields.
Breakout sessions will feature industry experts and other thought leaders discussing crucial topics along three distinct tracks: Firm CEO, Firm Executive and Financial Advisor. And, as always, there will be numerous opportunities for attendees to network and share best practices with their peers.
To register for the members-only FSI Forum and for more information about attending – including reduced hotel rates and airfare, group discounts and more – please visit www.financialservices.org/fsiforum.
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