Exceptional Advisor® Webinar Series

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Exceptional Advisor Webinar Overview 
Our Exceptional Advisor® Webinar Series is designed to drive discussion and dialogue surrounding current events, providing you with insider perspective and actionable strategies you can put into practice. Through this series, we invite those unfamiliar and new to Investments & Wealth Institute® to experience the unique value and premier quality of our education and we look forward to introducing you to the experts in our professional community.
Join our host, Tony Davidow, CIMA®, and Chair of the Investments & Wealth Monitor® Editorial Committee, for timely and relevant insights impacting the industry – both from academic and practitioner perspectives. Then, attend one of our information sessions to discover how the CPWA®, CIMA® and RMA® certification programs can help prepare you for tackling today’s challenges and beyond.


Delivered 6x per year, these 30-minute webinars are conveniently brought to you virtually, so you can enjoy from your home or office.


Upcoming Events

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The Future of Wealth Management

In this far-reaching discussion, we will explore the future of wealth management, and the implications for wealth advisors. We will examine short- and long-term trends that will shape the future of the wealth management and asset management businesses. We will specifically cover the following:

  • What product evolution trends are underway (interval funds, tender offer funds, non-transparent exchanged-traded funds, direct indexing, environmental, social, and governance investing, etc.)?
  • Which ones will be transformative—which ones will fizzle out?
  • Will we continue to see mergers and acquisitions activity?
  • Will there be industry-wide consolidation?
  • What role will alternative investments play for wealth advisors?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the sales and support model?

Cost: Complimentary with the option to donate

May 20, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm EST

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Neil Bathon - speaker

T. Neil Bathon

Managing Partner
FUSE Research Network LLC


In 2008, Neil Bathon formed FUSE Research Network LLC in order to improve the effectiveness of the sales, marketing, and product functions associated with the distribution of investment products. FUSE delivers customized market intelligence that improves decision-making and tactical execution. As of the end of 2019, FUSE provides ongoing support to 50 investment management firms that range in size from less than $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) to more than $1 trillion.

Previously, Bathon founded Financial Research Corporation in 1987 and over the next 20 years built a business that delivered innovative business intelligence to more than 200 fund groups that collectively accounted for more than 95 percent of U.S. mutual fund AUM. He maintains an extensive network across all facets of the asset management industry and has a unique vantage point from which he has observed 35+ years of evolution of investment firms—leading to a keen sense of how and why companies succeed or fail.

Bathon currently serves as an independent director for the Vertical Capital Income Fund and is a former director for the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund and Financial Investors Variable Investment Trust. He has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor to a wide range of business publications including the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Ignites, Barron’s, Fund Intelligence, and InvestmentNews. Bathon is also active with industry trade groups (Investment Company Institute, Money Management Institute, IFEA) and is a regular speaker and judge (WealthManagement.com Awards) at industry events. He began his professional career in 1983 as an analyst with Zacks and later moved to Kemper Financial to lead the competitive research effort. He earned BBA from Marquette University and an MBA from DePaul University.



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In this exclusive webinar, Tony Davidow, CIMA®, interviews Dambisa Moyo, PhD, global economist and author. Even before the global pandemic hit in earnest in early 2020, there was notable evidence that globalization—the tenet that had buttressed 30 years of global economic progress—was unwinding, and that rising protectionism would drive global growth lower. This webinar will explore the following: the five pillars of globalization, why they are declining, how things have changed in a post-pandemic world, the investment implications of these changes, and untapped opportunities (e.g., markets, regions, sectors).

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March 18, 2021 | 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. ET  
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In this exclusive webinar, Tony Davidow, CIMA®, interviews April Rudin, founder and chief executive officer of The Rudin Group. They will explore the impact of the global pandemic on clients and discuss how advisors need to respond to this “new normal.” Wealth advisors and their clients have had to deal with unprecedented events over the past year, including a global pandemic, social unrest, and political turmoil. 

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