September 2023
NAPFA Promotes Fiduciary Financial Planning
By Michael A. Watkins
The NAPFA Public Policy Committee is focusing its efforts on six issues: federal fiduciary standards, retirement security, protecting seniors and vulnerable persons, NASAA model rules, occupational licensing and professional education funding, and SEC investment advisor oversight.
Don’t Be Fooled by the ETF Label: Single-Stock, Leveraged, and Inverse ETFs Pose Significant and Underappreciated Risks
By Scott Farnin
The growth of single-stock, leveraged, and inverse ETFs poses risks that many investors may not appreciate. These ETFs capitalize on the generally reassuring ETF label but come with unique complexities and risks. Investors and advisors should be wary of such complex ETFs.
Meet NAPFA’s 2023 Award Recipients!
NAPFA’s 2023 award recipients—Jessica Hovis Smith, Daniel M. Yerger, Geoffrey Brown, Oak Wealth Advisors, CI Budros Ruhlin Roe (now Corient), and Abacus Wealth Partners—answer questions about their activities and their involvement with NAPFA.
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NAPFA’s Friends Celebrate NAPFA’s 40th Anniversary
By Susan Weiner
NAPFA’s longtime friends appreciate the value that NAPFA adds to the world of financial planning. Several of them share their experiences in Q&As here.
How to Create a Diverse Internship Program
By Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence
Here are some things about making your DEI internship program as successful as possible, learned from more than 200 discussions with 100 planning firms to carefully address each firm’s diversity onboarding approach, providing a more clearly defined onboarding process that makes multicultural internships mutually beneficial for both the intern and the firm. 
NAPFA’s First Decade
By Susan Weiner
Three of NAPFA’s past chairs share recollections of the association’s first decade, 1982/1983–1992. See the timeline for more highlights.
The Juggling Act is Real: How Advisors Can Balance It All and Avoid Burnout
By Luis Rosa
One of the main reasons that financial advisors enter our profession is because they want to make a positive impact in their clients’ lives. However, the daily juggling act of running a business, giving back to the profession, and living our personal lives can often lead to burnout.
6 Essential Areas of Compliance
By Linda Leitz
While familiarity with regulations and laws doesn’t make money, not being compliant can take a big toll in time and money. Some of the legal requirements might be easy to overlook, or you might not be up on the latest developments. Here are six areas of concern.
Heifer Foundation


Unexpected Benefits of a NAPFA Conference
By Susan Weiner
NAPFA’s Public Policy Efforts

By Kathryn Dattomo
Myles Brandt of Charleston Financial Advisors LLC
New NAPFA Chair and Chair-Elect, DEI Case Studies, NAPFA Playbook Series,
NAPFA Fall Conference, CE Cycle Deadlines, and more in the September issue.
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