FSC has a deep commitment to the long-term success of your business and we back it up with powerful resources and a commitment to your growth. It all begins when you join us and receive the direct support of a Business Development Regional Vice President who is empowered to help you reach your specific goals.
They will deliver customized business planning and development solutions that enable you to effectively map your future at FSC. Your personal consultant will help you create a business plan while our home-office team will provide the strategic support and services you need to help make your long-term plans a reality.
But it doesn’t stop there. When it’s time for you to retire or move on, the FSC Succession Planning Team helps you protect what you’ve worked hard to build, maximize its value, and prepare to leave your business and clients in good hands. FSC’s continuity programs are more than words. They deliver real options that can assist you in planning your own future after a lifetime of doing that for others.
FSC advisors always have on-demand Internet access to the Forefield Marketing Library which contains a vast collection of marketing content that you may access at any time. These materials provide actual tools that can be customized for your practice. This online library of marketing materials is available at no additional charge and delivers more than 4,000 pre-approved educational and sales resources including client presentations and seminars, concept pieces, newsletters, and market commentaries.
Product Partner Support
We also provide proven and effective marketing materials from our partners and sponsors to help you grow your business. All pieces are pre-approved and available on-demand. These are generally customizable for your practice and have a wide-range of topics and information designed to educate and motivate your clients.
Sales Support Team
The collaborative nature of our sales support teams is central to our ability to effectively support our advisors as they actively seek to identify opportunities that can help FSC advisors expand their practices. Their goal is to offer solution-driven support across the product spectrum and throughout all stages of the client engagement process.
These teams include our Internal Sales Desk, Advanced Sales/Qualified Plans Team, Investment Advisory Services Team, Insurance Consulting Services Team and Retirement Plan Consulting Services Team. Together and individually they provide advisors with comprehensive and consultative sales support in all areas.
When it comes to creating our lineup of meetings, we are dedicated to making sure that each moment is productive—because your time is valuable. We do that by listening carefully to our advisors to understand what topics matter most. Then we collaborate with the industry’s leading minds to create the curriculum and programs that deliver the information you need.
This annual event is our cornerstone educational and networking conference: a one-stop opportunity to fulfill continuing education requirements, develop your business strategy, and network with other successful independent financial advisors. ConnectED offers the opportunity to sharpen your business insight in a variety of areas, including sales and marketing, technology, operations, financial planning, business management and development, investment products, and compliance and regulatory procedures.
This is accomplished through an extensive conference curriculum taught by industry and subject matter experts. The conference curriculum is carefully crafted to keep pace with industry trends, best practices, policy changes and new products. Attend workshops, meet home office staff and sponsors, renew friendships and establish new relationships.
Each year ConnectED also presents some of America’s leading keynote speakers. Past presenters have included President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as well as renowned authors, thinkers, and scientists.
FSC Top Producer Meeting
Every year, FSC’s top producers are invited to celebrate their achievements at an exclusive event. These destinctive recognition events offer this select group an opportunity to attend business sessions while networking with their peers, senior management, and strategic partners.
The W Forum
FSC provides access to an annual event, sponsored by Advisor Group, exclusively for female advisors and their assistants called the W Forum. This meeting provides timely educational sessions, as well as networking opportunities and one-on-one discussions with peers. The firm has co-hosted this meeting since 2007, making it one of the longest running events to focus on women advisors in the industry.
Wealth Management Symposium
The Wealth Management Symposium provides advisors with an in-depth look at the best thinking in asset management, protection strategies, and group retirement practices. In addition to the educational sessions, advisors are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to network with fellow advisors, home office staff and some of the best thinkers in our field. This exceptional event, held annually, is a focused, strategic meeting designed for advisors who are serious about furthering their practice.
Throughout the year, full-day meetings are scheduled at various locations around the country and are comprised of talented speakers from our outstanding array of strategic partners. The sessions also showcase successful financial advisors from across our network, who share their best practices during an interactive peer-to-peer panel discussion. Each Forum delivers timely information and actionable solutions on how to manage clients’ wealth, while providing proven business-building strategies that you can implement in your practice.
Online Education is available through live interaction with facilitators and peers without travel time and expenses associated with traditional classroom learning. In addition to real-time learning, our large online library of recorded learning modules is available at any time. Topics range from Professional Development and Effective Business Skills, to technologies such as NetX360, Transaction Review Supervision, Advisor Portal, Client Central, OneView, and the VISION2020 Wealth Management platform, as well as Online Compliance and Supervision Training.
The Knowledge Center is a sophisticated online educational resource tool that allows advisors to access a wealth of courses and information, create individualized learning paths, and translate information into effective actions. Easily accessible through our single sign-on Advisor Portal, the Knowledge Center allows you to select courses and create your own personalized learning track based on your needs. What’s more, individual courses or learning paths can be tracked as progress is made toward completing goals. Upon completion, the Knowledge Center’s real-time reporting feature will also allow for a self-generated certificate of completion.
Speak to the Expert eForums are live, web-based presentations conducted by industry experts and sponsored by our Strategic Partner product firms. During these sessions, participants are encouraged to interact with the guest speaker. These events are offered monthly and often qualify for continuing education credits. The sessions are also recorded for later playback and reference at your convenience.
CFP Ethics is a series of quarterly online sessions that provide Certified Financial Planners the opportunity to fulfill the CFP Board’s two-hour Code of Ethics Continuing Education requirement.
Case Study eForums, also held quarterly, are online sessions designed to address the many high-level and complicated financial planning situations advisors may encounter when working with clients. These two-hour (Level 300) sessions feature an interactive format and qualify for CFP continuing education credits. Topics include retirement, employee benefits, estate planning, investments, income tax, insurance, small business owners, divorce, and much more. The sessions are also recorded for your convenience.
Research Team Calls take place monthly and feature our Research Team dealing with a variety of economic, investment strategy, and asset class topics to ensure that you are current on all issues.
Advanced Insights Series
Hosted by the Advisor Group Advanced Sales Team, the Advanced Insights Series of webinars are live, educational eForums held twice per quarter. These sessions provide advisors with ongoing opportunities to discuss topical and complex issues, as well as far-reaching financial planning subjects and strategies.
In addition to live and recorded sessions that are offered whenever the firm introduces new programs, enhancements and technology systems, FSC regularly provides ongoing training that assists its affiliated advisors in all key areas of their practices.
Academy of Preferred Financial Advisors
Our coaching program is designed to help you increase your business. Through a one-year program from the Academy of Preferred Financial Advisors (formerly Million Dollar Producer), recognized as one of the industry’s most successful programs for advisors who operate high-level practices, FSC advisors can receive sophisticated coaching that can help them grow their practices with the goal to take them to the next level of success.
Participants can benefit from the special emphasis on client management and a focus on tax, estate and wealth planning techniques that are proven to help build lasting fee-based practices.
Qualified Plans Sales Institutes (QPSI)
These one-day seminars deliver career-changing curriculum. Each QPSI delivers actionable recommendations focused on business strategy, sales, client retention, branding, and advisor training. From Best Practices to the Competitive Landscape, these productive meetings are designed to provide the retirement plan practitioner with a wealth of information that can transform their business.
The Qualified Plans Sales Institutes were created for advisors who are looking to hone, build, or grow their retirement plan practices. These full-day sales and practice management seminars are held in several locations around the country. The meeting agenda is custom-designed for our advisors to deliver actionable training and tools focused on best practices in practice management, sales, and marketing.
Financial Planning Fast Track
Financial Planning Fast Track is an on-site accelerated educational program, offered in conjunction with Metropolitan State College of Denver, which prepares you to take the examination for the Certified Financial Planner designation in just seven months. The curriculum addresses the six financial planning subject areas that satisfy the education component of the CFP process and thoroughly prepares you for the exam.
A three-day course of live classroom instruction that is designed for an administrative assistant, advisor or FLS/ME affiliated with the Advisor Group broker-dealers whose business is brokerage, non-brokerage or fee-based. The class provides the practical, hands-on training needed to help streamline and simplify daily tasks. Attendees will receive instruction on how to navigate through the integrated online platforms that we offer.
Financial Services Assistant Training
Designed to meet the needs of licensed and unlicensed financial services assistants through live, hands-on classroom instruction and supplemental pre- and post-online self-study, this workshop explores the systems, concepts and tasks used to successfully process business activities. After the first two days of live sessions, attendees can participate in supplemental classroom sessions also geared toward assistants that cover the Wealth Management platform and our Document Management System.