Adviser Conference Choices 2013

Which of the two main adviser association conferences will you attend in 2013?

  • AFA Conference Only (69%)
  • Neither Conference (19%)
  • FPA Conference Only (9%)
  • Not sure (2%)
  • Both AFA and FPA Conferences (1%)

Our latest poll is asking you to consider which adviser association conferences you may be attending in 2013.

In 2012, we witnessed the most successful Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) Annual Conference since the Association’s rejuvenation over the last ten years. And while the Financial Planning Association (FPA) took a break from holding a national conference in 2012, it has announced a new-look ‘Professionals Congress’ next year, which it promises will share best practice with other practitioners, and offer insights from local and international educators.

In recent years, the AFA’s annual conference has always been held in October, and the FPA’s a month later, in November.  Next year, these two major conferences will both be held in October, within the space of a single week. The AFA ‘New Frontiers’ National Conference is scheduled for 13 – 15 October, on the Gold Coast, while the inaugural FPA Professionals Congress will take place in Sydney across 17 and 18 October.

While there are many advisers who hold dual memberships to these Associations, how many would be looking to attend both events, which are effectively being held ‘back-to-back’? Meanwhile, as is the case every year, all advisers who hold a membership with either of these two main representative bodies, will need to weigh the cost/benefit equation in terms of their own time and expense, against the value they will gain from attending one or both conferences.

In a time of significant change within the financial advice and broader financial services industry, these conferences offer advisers an opportunity to access the latest news and views on the many issues that impact both themselves and their business. They also offer excellent networking opportunities with their fellow advisers and other industry peers. But the relative timing of these events in 2013 is not exactly ideal.

What are your intentions? Tell us what you’re thinking…

Editor’s Note: We also acknowledge the other adviser association conferences that will be held in 2013, eg the SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) and the Association of Independently Owned Financial Professionals (AIOFP) Conferences, but for the purpose of this poll, our focus is on what are considered to be the two major adviser association voices.

4 Responses to Adviser Conference Choices 2013

  1. Peter Hartnell December 5, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    The decision is a “no brainer” for me. The FPA has never been and indeed never will be an association with the slightest empathy for the needs, training and political input of Financial Advisors who specialise in Life Insurance, so consideration of the FPA Conference will simply never be on my agenda.

  2. robert beutum December 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I am a member of both bodies and I agree with the comments of Peter Hartnell.
    Here we have an industry that is currently in the middle of many government led changes ie, FOFA and Opt-In to just mention a couple and our largest “body” takes a holiday from a conference which would have been the ideal forum to discuss the issues as one.
    Hats off to Marc Bineham and all at the AFA for a fantastic conference with extremely interesting topics and speakers.
    Can’t wait for the next AFA conference.

  3. Donna Jones December 7, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I too are a member of both industry bodies. I attended the AFA Conference for the first time this year, which was the best conference I have ever attended. I will continue to suppor the AFA in a number capacities, including volunteering for the Committee, attending the conference and continuing my membership.

  4. Paul December 12, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    In my view the financial cost of either event is a consideration. The fee to attend, coupled with travel if from far away, accommodation, meals and drinks, and other expenses means that the conferences have to deliver really relevant content to justify those things. They don’t necessarily do that, at least I haven’t found that they do. Sorry to be a nay-sayer, but there it is.

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