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Kitces Speakers

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AVAILABLE FOR IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL EVENTS:
Kitces speakers are available to support your in-person and virtual financial advisor events, from educational webinars to broadcast keynotes.

Experienced, Professional, and Relevant
Speakers on Financial Planning

Financial advisors want practice management insights relevant to their businesses, and quality continuing education that’s relevant to the work they do with their clients. Not “education” that’s really little more than a thinly veiled pitch for some product or service.

That’s why our speakers are different.

Because we don’t speak at financial advisor conferences to promote some product or service.

We speak for one and only one reason: to help make financial planners more knowledgeable with their clients, and more successful in their businesses.

In fact, over the past decade, we’ve spoken at more than 800 industry conferences reaching more than 100,000 financial advisors, including nearly every major national conference in our industry, from membership associations to insurance companies, broker-dealers to RIA custodians.

We know what really matters to and is relevant for financial advisors, because we only work with events for financial advisors. And have decades of experience as financial advisors working with clients.

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And, we publish the industry’s leading blog and podcast for financial advisors on advanced financial planning strategies and practice management trends, which was recently recognized in the FAMOUS study of advisor media usage as #1 for credibility, objectivity, influence, and useful to the real work that advisors do.

From breakouts and panels, to keynoting your main stage, book us confidently knowing we will deliver relevant and practical insights for the financial advisors at your event, that share real expertise on financial planning strategies and a thought-provoking perspective on the business of financial planning.

Want to learn more about our available speakers for your next event?

Real Audience Reviews Of Kitces Speakers

Michael is always an excellent presenter! Love his insight!

Jeff had one of the best tax – or any – sessions I’ve seen in a long time. Have him back!

Mr. Kitces made a very complex subject simple.

Jeff is an excellent, knowledgeable, and experienced speaker.

Michael is one of the best speakers on the circuit today.

This workshop would have been even better if… we had more time with Michael!

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Our Speakers

In addition to Michael Kitces — one of the world’s most in-demand financial planning and practice management speakers — our team includes multiple high-quality and experienced speakers.

The team delivers keynote presentations, breakout programs, half and full-day workshops, webinars, and more.

Many of the world’s leading financial planning firms and brands turn to the Kitces.com speaking team to deliver relevant financial planning strategies and insights about the business of financial planning.

Kitces.com speakers are hired at more than 100+ conferences each year. They also run the financial blog ranked #1 most influential, most objective, most credible, and most useful to advisors’ work on Financial Planning strategies and Practice Management. So you can rest assured that your attendees will get the most up-to-date, thorough, and relevant content available.

Michael Kitces
Michael Kitces
Title: MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, CHFC, RHU, REBC, CASL
In-Person Fee: $14,000 - $20,000
Virtual Fee: $5,000-$8,000
Travels From: Washington, DC
Specializes In: Advanced financial planning strategies and retirement strategies, advisor practice management and industry/FinTech trends
Bio:

Michael E. Kitces is the Chief Financial Planning Nerd for Kitces.com, publisher of the leading financial advisor blog Nerd’s Eye View, and enthusiastic host of the Financial Advisor Success podcast, all dedicated to making real financial advisors better and more successful. Michael has 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, having worked across multiple industry channels, and has spoken at over 700 events for financial advisors, from keynoting the largest of national industry conferences to leading workshops at elite events to presenting his research at a wide range of industry association events. Michael is also the co-founder of XY Planning Network and fpPathfinder, New Planner Recruiting, the AdvisorTech firm AdvicePay, and the Head of Planning Strategy at Buckingham Wealth Partners.

Described by the media as a “financial planning trailblazer,” “RIA Guru,” and an “Innovator” in the industry, Michael has brought his passion for financial advice to the podium for more than 15 years. While Michael’s affinity for cobalt blue (or “Kitces blue”) dress shirts is renowned, it’s his high-impact keynote presentations built from a career of living and breathing the business of financial advice that leave a lasting impression.

Jeffrey Levine
Jeffrey Levine
Title: CPA/PFS, CFP®, AIF, CWS®, MSA
In-Person Fee: $8,000 - $12,000
Virtual Fee: $3,000 - $4,000
Travels From: Saint Louis, MO
Specializes In: Advanced tax and retirement planning strategies
Bio:

Jeffrey Levine is the Lead Financial Planning Nerd for Kitces.com, and is also the President of Fully Vested Advice, Inc., which provides financial education and consulting services to industry professionals.

Jeffrey is also the Chief Planning Officer at Buckingham Wealth Partners and works closely with their team to create a seamless client experience that makes it easy to plan and instill confidence as they work towards their most important goals. He serves as a technical resource for advisors and the firm’s primary thought leader regarding evidence-based planning concepts and strategies. Buckingham allows him to train and educate hundreds of advisors and support them in their pursuit of helping clients fulfill their financial dreams.

He is a nationally-recognized and award-winning thought leader within the financial planning community.

Dr. Derek Tharp
Dr. Derek Tharp
Title: PH.D., CFP®, CLU
In-Person Fee: $3,000 - $5,000
Virtual Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Travels From: Portland, ME
Specializes In: Retirement saving and spending research
Bio:

Derek Tharp is the Lead Researcher at Kitces.com, an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Southern Maine, the Founder of Conscious Capital, and a Senior Advisor to Income Lab.

In addition to writing at Kitces.com, Derek regularly contributes to the wealth management section of the Wall Street Journal’s Experts Blog.

His research has been published in academic journals such as Financial Planning Review, Journal of Retirement, and Journal of Personal Finance.

Dr. Meghaan Lurtz
Dr. Meghaan Lurtz
Title: Ph.D., FBS™
In-Person Fee: $3,000 - $5,000
Virtual Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Travels From: Varies
Specializes In: Financial Psychology
Bio:

Meghaan Lurtz, Ph.D., FBS™ is a Professor of Practice at Kansas State University where she teaches courses for the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate Program, a lecturer at Columbia University where she teaches Financial Psychology, and an on-staff writer and researcher of financial psychology at Kitces.com. Her research interests vary as she studies both practitioners of financial planning as well as financial planning and financial therapy practices and interventions. Her research and expertise have been featured in Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Financial Planning Review, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Million Dollar Roundtable, and New York Magazine. She has also contributed chapters to the CFP Board’s textbook, Client Psychology. Meghaan is a past President and current board member for the Financial Therapy Association and Financial Psychology Institute Europe.

Adam Van Deusen
Adam Van Deusen
Title: CFP®
In-Person Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Virtual Fee: $500 - $1,000
Travels From: Washington, DC
Specializes In: Advisor Value
Bio:

Adam Van Deusen, CFP®, is a Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, where he writes on practice management and technical topics for the Nerd’s Eye View blog, with a particular interest in how advisors can show their ongoing value to prospective and current clients. In addition, he writes the popular weekly Weekend Reading For Financial Planners column and hosts live events on the Kitces platform. His work has appeared in the Investments & Wealth Monitor, Financial Planning Magazine, and TheStreet, among other publications.

Adam previously worked at a financial planning firm in the Washington, D.C., area and as a journalist covering the banking and insurance industries. In addition to his work with Kitces.com, he serves as a volunteer financial planner and financial literacy class instructor for local non-profits.

Ben Henry-Moreland
Ben Henry-Moreland
Title: CFP®, EA
In-Person Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Virtual Fee: $500 - $1,000
Travels From: Minneapolis, MN
Specializes In: Advanced tax strategy, practice management, and AdvisorTech
Bio:

Ben Henry-Moreland, CFP®️, EA is the Senior Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, where he presents for on-platform events and writes regularly for the Nerd’s Eye View blog. Ben specializes in advanced tax planning strategies, AdvisorTech, and practice management topics with a special interest in addressing the needs of solo RIAs and mid-sized firms.

Ben is also the founder of Freelance Financial Planning, an RIA specializing in financial planning and tax preparation for self-employed professionals, where he is able to put into practice the concepts that he writes and speaks about for the Kitces platform.

Michael Kitces Michael Kitces
Jeffrey Levine Jeffrey Levine
Dr. Derek Tharp Dr. Derek Tharp
Dr. Meghaan Lurtz Dr. Meghaan Lurtz
Adam Van Deusen Adam Van Deusen
Ben Henry-Moreland Ben Henry-Moreland
Title
MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, CHFC, RHU, REBC, CASL
CPA/PFS, CFP®, AIF, CWS®, MSA
PH.D., CFP®, CLU
Ph.D., FBS™
CFP®
CFP®, EA
In-Person Fee
$14,000 - $20,000
$8,000 - $12,000
$3,000 - $5,000
$3,000 - $5,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$1,000 - $2,000
Virtual Fee
$5,000-$8,000
$3,000 - $4,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$500 - $1,000
$500 - $1,000
Travels From
Washington, DC
Saint Louis, MO
Portland, ME
Varies
Washington, DC
Minneapolis, MN
Specializes In
Advanced financial planning strategies and retirement strategies, advisor practice management and industry/FinTech trends
Advanced tax and retirement planning strategies
Retirement saving and spending research
Financial Psychology
Advisor Value
Advanced tax strategy, practice management, and AdvisorTech
Bio

Michael E. Kitces is the Chief Financial Planning Nerd for Kitces.com, publisher of the leading financial advisor blog Nerd’s Eye View, and enthusiastic host of the Financial Advisor Success podcast, all dedicated to making real financial advisors better and more successful. Michael has 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, having worked across multiple industry channels, and has spoken at over 700 events for financial advisors, from keynoting the largest of national industry conferences to leading workshops at elite events to presenting his research at a wide range of industry association events. Michael is also the co-founder of XY Planning Network and fpPathfinder, New Planner Recruiting, the AdvisorTech firm AdvicePay, and the Head of Planning Strategy at Buckingham Wealth Partners.

Described by the media as a “financial planning trailblazer,” “RIA Guru,” and an “Innovator” in the industry, Michael has brought his passion for financial advice to the podium for more than 15 years. While Michael’s affinity for cobalt blue (or “Kitces blue”) dress shirts is renowned, it’s his high-impact keynote presentations built from a career of living and breathing the business of financial advice that leave a lasting impression.

Jeffrey Levine is the Lead Financial Planning Nerd for Kitces.com, and is also the President of Fully Vested Advice, Inc., which provides financial education and consulting services to industry professionals.

Jeffrey is also the Chief Planning Officer at Buckingham Wealth Partners and works closely with their team to create a seamless client experience that makes it easy to plan and instill confidence as they work towards their most important goals. He serves as a technical resource for advisors and the firm’s primary thought leader regarding evidence-based planning concepts and strategies. Buckingham allows him to train and educate hundreds of advisors and support them in their pursuit of helping clients fulfill their financial dreams.

He is a nationally-recognized and award-winning thought leader within the financial planning community.

Derek Tharp is the Lead Researcher at Kitces.com, an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Southern Maine, the Founder of Conscious Capital, and a Senior Advisor to Income Lab.

In addition to writing at Kitces.com, Derek regularly contributes to the wealth management section of the Wall Street Journal’s Experts Blog.

His research has been published in academic journals such as Financial Planning Review, Journal of Retirement, and Journal of Personal Finance.

Meghaan Lurtz, Ph.D., FBS™ is a Professor of Practice at Kansas State University where she teaches courses for the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate Program, a lecturer at Columbia University where she teaches Financial Psychology, and an on-staff writer and researcher of financial psychology at Kitces.com. Her research interests vary as she studies both practitioners of financial planning as well as financial planning and financial therapy practices and interventions. Her research and expertise have been featured in Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Financial Planning Review, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Million Dollar Roundtable, and New York Magazine. She has also contributed chapters to the CFP Board’s textbook, Client Psychology. Meghaan is a past President and current board member for the Financial Therapy Association and Financial Psychology Institute Europe.

Adam Van Deusen, CFP®, is a Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, where he writes on practice management and technical topics for the Nerd’s Eye View blog, with a particular interest in how advisors can show their ongoing value to prospective and current clients. In addition, he writes the popular weekly Weekend Reading For Financial Planners column and hosts live events on the Kitces platform. His work has appeared in the Investments & Wealth Monitor, Financial Planning Magazine, and TheStreet, among other publications.

Adam previously worked at a financial planning firm in the Washington, D.C., area and as a journalist covering the banking and insurance industries. In addition to his work with Kitces.com, he serves as a volunteer financial planner and financial literacy class instructor for local non-profits.

Ben Henry-Moreland, CFP®️, EA is the Senior Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, where he presents for on-platform events and writes regularly for the Nerd’s Eye View blog. Ben specializes in advanced tax planning strategies, AdvisorTech, and practice management topics with a special interest in addressing the needs of solo RIAs and mid-sized firms.

Ben is also the founder of Freelance Financial Planning, an RIA specializing in financial planning and tax preparation for self-employed professionals, where he is able to put into practice the concepts that he writes and speaks about for the Kitces platform.

Presentation Topics

Below is a list of a few of our speaking team’s most popular presentations. Please contact our team via the form at the end of this page if you wish to have us speak on a topic not listed, or if you are interested in a half-day or full-day workshop.

In addition, we are also available to participate as part of a panel, or in an “Ask Me Anything” style interview.

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Industry Trends/Keynotes

Five Industry Trends Reshaping Financial Advice

Most Popular Keynote!
Michael Kitces

The recent rise of the “robo-advisor” has called into question the relevance of financial advisors and the viability of current advisory business models. Yet the reality is that technology “disrupting” financial advisor business models isn’t new, and has actually happened repeatedly over the past several decades… forcing advisors to adapt and move up the value chain, or be left behind. In this session, we look at how technology is once again driving major changes in the business model of financial advisors, driving a Great Convergence across historically-separate industry channels, triggering a Crisis of Differentiation, a Search for New Business Models, and rising pressure on improving the Client Experience. And in the coming years, these trends will only be accelerated, as the consumers of financial planning – and financial planners themselves – shift from Baby Boomers, to the Gen X and Millennial generations that, as “digital natives”, will expect and demand advisors to both leverage technology, and add value on top!

At The Capacity Crossroads: 3 Visions For Scaling The Advisory Firm You Want

Popular Keynote!
Michael Kitces

Historically, the transactional brokerage models of financial advice meant that one could never have “too many” clients; at worst, advisors just focused on their biggest clients with the best repeat business opportunities. However, the rise of recurring revenue relationship-oriented models, from charging AUM fees to monthly subscription fees, introduces a material capacity limitation for advisory firms – any one financial advisor can only handle “so many” ongoing clients, before there simply isn’t enough time (or mental bandwidth) to serve any more. And with retention rates commonly 90%+ for most advisory firms, it’s virtually inevitable that any and every financial advisor will eventually hit their personal capacity wall after enough years in the business. Once they reach this Capacity Crossroads, though, advisors must make a decision about how to scale their firm going forward, as either a “Lifestyle” firm (maximizing income for the advisor and building a small team around them, but without any intention or desire to grow past themselves), a “Small Giant” that tries to grow focused businesses serving their particular type of clientele a particular way (and will accumulate more advisors/team over time to reach a growing number of those clients), or as an Enterprise-builders who aspires to build truly large advisory firm enterprise. In this session, we will explore the different approaches for how advisory firms scale, help advisors understand which type is the best fit for their own personal vision and goals, and give them perspective on what they should (and shouldn’t) be focused on based on their desired approach to scaling their advisory firm (i.e., what they should do/build, what they should hire, what they should NOT hire, and what they should outsource).

SECURE Act 2.0: Retirement Planning Opportunities and Challenges

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, passed in December 2019, brought a wide range of changes to the retirement planning landscape, from the death of the ‘stretch’ IRA to raising the age for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) to 72, to provisions meant to encourage increased participation in workplace retirement plans. And now, Congress has given financial advisors and their clients another year-end development related to retirement planning, dubbed “SECURE 2.0”.

While no single change in SECURE 2.0 rises to the magnitude of the “Death of the Stretch” from the original SECURE Act, there are more total impactful changes in the new legislation. These include raising the RMD age again, allowing transfers of 529 account assets to Roth IRAs (with some significant restrictions), and adjusting the amount of allowed ‘catch-up’ contributions. The legislation also introduces new account types including SEP and SIMPLE Roth IRAs, as well as a “Starter” 401(k) plan. And for current retirees, key measures include reducing the penalties for missed Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and indexing the allowed amount of Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) for inflation.

Upping Your Question Game: 25 Questions for Better Client Connections Throughout The Financial Planning Engagement

Popular Keynote!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Asking great questions is an essential part of the job of the financial advisor. Great questions help us to gather important information, and great questions can help motivate clients to take action. Many advisors are aware of the difference between a closed-ended question and an open-ended question, but questions can take additional forms as well. Learn not only about the different types of questions that are available to advisors, but also about how and when to use these questions throughout the financial planning relationship.

Scaling Advice: From Financial Advisor to Financial Advicer

Popular Keynote!
CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

The financial planning process is a valuable, but time-consuming, process. And the pressure of ‘spending the time’ to demonstrate the value is only amplified further as advisory firms grow a sizable base of clientele, and must support them in an ongoing manner after the initial financial plan is delivered. In this session, we explore the research on what actually makes the financial planning process more efficient and scalable, including the impact of advanced training and designations, how to develop more repeatable financial planning processes with an annual service calendar, how client variability impacts the efficiency of firms ad their planning processes, and the role that technology does (and does not) play in advisor efficiency.

Fine to Flourish – Making Review Meetings Fun Again!

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Ongoing monitoring meetings get boring. Advisors and clients alike are not thrilled to be having the same meeting again and again where there is nothing new or exciting to report. Yet, when clients hit the “fine” phase of the client-advisor relationship, this can be the perfect time to start having “flourish” conversations and bring some fun back to the client-advisor relationship and transform the boring monitoring meetings. Join us and learn about thinking of the three phases of the client advisor relationship as fix, fine, flourish and the questions to ask clients that move them from fine to flourish which ends up brining the advisors back to where they are happiest, at fix. 

RETHINKING ADVISOR MARKETING TO GENERATE MORE SCALABLE GROWTH

Updated for 2024!
Michael Kitces

For decades, the most common way that established financial advisors grow is via referrals from their existing clients. And as a result, the average financial advisory firm spends just 2% of its revenue on marketing. Yet in practice, it’s not clear whether growing with referrals is really a best practice, or simply the only source of growth that’s left when advisory firms spend on little else to market their services! In this session, we delve into the latest Kitces Research on what financial advisors are actually doing to successfully market themselves, the typical cost to acquire new clients and how it varies by marketing channel, why some marketing strategies are significantly more scalable than others, and the best approach to determine the right budget for marketing expenses for your advisory firm!  

17 Follow-Up Questions to Enrich Client Conversations

New for 2024!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Rapport building is pivotal groundwork for a trusting relationship. One sure fire way to build rapport and ultimately trust is by asking follow-up questions. In this presentation, advisors will learn why follow-up questions are so powerful for trust and connection. They will also learn about varied forms of follow-up questions and how to use those forms in the varied financial planning meetings, specifically introduction meetings, discovery meetings, and plan presentations meetings. Utilizing follow-up questions to strategically build rapport and trust in the early stages of a new financial planning engagement.

 

Is My Advisory Firm Normal? 6 KPIs To Track & Compare

New for 2024!
Michael Kitces

Every financial advisor builds their advisory firm to their unique vision of how they believe their clients should be served… which can create significant challenges in assessing the financial health of the business beyond “is it profitable (at all)”, and figuring out whether the firm is pricing its services properly, what its capacity should be, and how to determine whether its team is really being as productive as it should be. In this session, we explore some of the Key Performance Indicators that advisory firm owners can use to understand the financial health of the business, including what is a “normal” profit margin and overhead expense ratio, when an advisory firm should (or shouldn’t) expect to scale its EBOC, how to use revenue per advisor to assess productivity and capacity, and how to leverage revenue per employee as a key indicator of when to hire to grow sustainably.

AMA: Ask Michael Anything

Michael Kitces

This is an opportunity to take advantage of Michael’s vast knowledge base and create a session that is more personal to your audience. While this session does not include CE or slides, your audience can ask the questions that are on their minds and create a totally unique experience.

Retirement

Strategies For Managing Sequence Of Return Risk In Retirement

CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

For long-term investors, the reality is that even if markets are volatile for a period of time, as long as the portfolio stays invested, returns can average out in the long run. In the case of retirees, however, ongoing spending withdrawals introduce the possibility that if the portfolio experiences weak returns early on, it could be depleted entirely before the good returns finally show up. As a result, retirees must consider this “sequence of returns” risk when planning for retirement, and strategies to manage it, from reducing spending in the first place, to engaging in more dynamic asset allocation to reduce risk exposure, or dynamic spending strategies to adapt spending withdrawals to market changes along the way!

Maximizing Social Security Benefits For Couples

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 eliminated the popular File-and-Suspend and Restricted Application claiming strategies. In this webinar, we discuss how those claiming strategies worked, the timing of when they are being phased out under the new rules, and transition planning for couples, single individuals, divorcees, parents, and widows, given the new rules. We also explore the overall dynamics of when to take Social Security early versus delay, and how claiming strategies will shift in the future given the limitations of the new rules!

Advanced Roth Conversion Planning Strategies

CE Eligible
Michael Kitces Jeffrey Levine

The natural appeal of a Roth-style retirement account is the potential for tax-free growth for life. However, the reality is that creating a Roth account has a “cost” – the upfront tax liability of contributing to (or converting into) the account, which is avoided with a traditional pre-tax IRA or 401(k). As a result, optimal Roth strategies involve not merely contributing to or converting into Roths, but managing the timing and leveraging the available tax law to maximize the strategy. In this session, we explore techniques to maximize Roth contributions, including so-called “Backdoor Roth” IRAs and “Mega Backdoor Roth” 401(k) strategies, and leveraging the Roth recharacterization rules to optimally fill lower tax brackets, and be able to ensure that an investment in a Roth has a positive return before being required to commit to it!

Tax Efficient Withdrawal Strategies in Retirement

CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

The traditional approach to liquidations in retirement is very straightforward: spend taxable dollars first, and let tax-deferred retirement accounts keep growing, because “no one” wants to pay taxes any sooner than they have to! Except the reality is that there really is such thing as “too much” tax-deferred compounding growth, which makes future retirement distributions so large it drives the retiree into higher tax brackets and results in less wealth! In this session, we explore a more effective tax-efficient withdrawal approach of equalizing tax brackets throughout life, by mixing together taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free accounts over time, and leveraging strategies like systematic partial Roth conversions and even capital gains harvesting to smooth out tax brackets from year to year and reduce cumulative taxation throughout retirement!

IRA Planning for Baby Boomers (2 1/2 hr to 4 hr)

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Americans currently hold over $30 trillion in retirement assets. As such, a sound understanding of the rules surrounding these accounts is an absolute must for any serious practitioner. Those who understand the ins and outs of IRA planning are poised to benefit from the wave of Baby Boomers that are, or soon will be, tapping into their retirement assets. Conversely, those without such knowledge risk losing relevance, or worse, making the costly and irrevocable mistakes that can derail clients’ plans.

Realizing the Potential of Net Unrealized Appreciation

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

The number of individuals with large portions of their wealth in retirement plans is growing. Even though most individuals have a handful of options once they have separated from service, many choose what is typically the worst option, a lump sum distribution. In fact, research finds that this happens about 30% of the time! In this session advisors will learn about the nuances involving lump sum distributions, and how to make the most out of the worst situation by taking a deep dive into Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA). Learn when and why utilizing NUA makes sense, as well as situations where it does not make sense, and the important rules surrounding the strategy. 

Managing and Minimizing RMD Obligations

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

A sound understanding of the RMD rules by advisors is a necessity, as RMDs are one aspect of retirement distribution planning that impacts nearly all clients at one point or another. Add to that the mass of Baby Boomers – the oldest of which are now in their 70s – who need RMD help and it’s easy to see a golden opportunity awaits the educated advisor. Sadly though, evidence shows that most advisors vastly overestimate their knowledge of core RMD rules, which can lead to disastrous consequences. In this program, advisors will learn about RMDs from the “ground up” to ensure they can give sound advice for years to come. Special focus will be paid to the intricacies and nuances of this deceivingly complex aspect of the law so that advisors can help clients correct mistakes that have already occurred and avoid others before they even happen.

Rethinking Monte Carlo Results for Better Client Conversations

CE Eligible
Derek Tharp

The Monte Carlo analysis is a great financial planning tool, but it is not without its drawbacks.
For instance, it is uni-dimensional, focusing only on the probability of success. And certainly,
success is good, but the Monte Carlo does not ensure success nor does it tell a client what to do
when the plan is no longer successful, which is the larger issue. Join us for this month’s webinar
and learn how to adapt the Monte Carlo analysis, making it more useful and tangible for clients.
Advisors will learn practical conversation tips and approaches for working with clients and begin
to think about the Monte Carlo analysis in a new light.

How Real Retirement Spending Patterns Change Traditional Retirement Withdrawal Strategies (1 hr)

CE Eligible
Derek Tharp

This presentation examines how real retirement spending patterns change traditional retirement withdrawal strategies. Specifically, commonly used retirement spending assumptions are compared to actual retirement spending patterns of retirees. This comparison reveals that typical assumptions of constant real spending often overstates retirement spending. As a result, commonly assumptions may overstate retirement savings need. Accounting for more realistic retirement spending results in higher safe withdrawal rates than prior research has typically indicated. Typical assumptions also fail to account for the potential to make adjustments in retirement that can keep a retirement spending plan on track.

How Earnings Growth Throughout The Lifecycle Impacts Retirement Savings Strategies (1 hr)

CE Eligible
Derek Tharp

This presentation examines how earnings growth throughout the lifecycle impacts retirement savings strategies. Specifically, traditional earnings growth assumptions utilized in safe savings rate analyses are compared to actual Social Security data on earnings growth across the lifecycle. This comparison reveals that typical assumptions of constant real earnings often understates income growth in earlier years, while overstating income growth in later years. As a result, assumptions regarding both saving during one’s working years and spending during retirement may not accurately reflect the outcomes that are most likely. Accounting for more realistic earnings curves results in lower “safe” savings rates than research has typically indicated—particularly among lower income Americans. Typical assumptions also fail to account for the potential to capture greater earnings growth as one’s savings increase, as well as the decline in retirement savings need that corresponds with declining real earnings experienced in late, pre-retirement years.

Seamlessly Integrating Social Security Benefits into a Client’s Retirement Plan

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Social Security benefits are a bedrock element of most retirement plans. Unfortunately, the litany of rules that govern such benefits, including those that determine eligibility, taxation, timing, and calculation, are incredibly complicated, making it difficult for clients and advisors alike to determine the best course of action.

In this session, attendees will take a deep dive into the rules that surround various types of benefits provided by the Social Security Administration, including retirement benefits, spousal benefits and survivor benefits. Attendees will also explore how delaying Social Security benefits compares to other options, how the special formula for determining the taxable amount of Social Security can dramatically impact net benefits, how losing benefits to the Earnings Test can actually result in greater lifetime benefits, and much more.

529 Planning: 529-to-Roth, Dynasty 529, And Other HNW Opportunities

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Over the past few decades, higher education costs have increased at a pace far exceeding inflation. In an effort to help save for such costs, many families have turned to 529 plans. While the basic mechanics of such plans are well understood by most advisors, 529 planning can become surprisingly complex, especially when planning for multiple (generations of) potential students, or when 529 plan funds are used for purposes other than higher education. Lead Financial Planning Nerd, Jeff Levine, explores many of these complexities and take a deep dive into some of the more challenging aspects of 529 planning.

10 Essential IRA Planning Strategies for 2024

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

For more than 40 years, IRAs have been available as a retirement-savings vehicle, but the rules surrounding them are constantly changing, and they are incredibly – and deceptively – complex. Each year, client mistakes, advisor errors and oversights by financial institutions cost clients millions of dollars in unnecessary taxation. This session seeks to reverse that trend by helping advisors to identify and avoid 10 of the most frequent and costly IRA mistakes.

Income Tax

An Advisor’s Guide to the New 20% Pass-Through Deduction

Updated For New Tax Law!
CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

For many business-owner clients, one of the most significant changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the creation of the new 199A deduction. This deduction, better known as the 20% pass-through deduction, has the potential to be one of the biggest tax-savers for certain clients, but it’s also undoubtedly one of the most complicated provisions in the entire TCJA. The good news is that since the enactment of the TCJA, the IRS has issued a substantial amount of guidance intended to clarify varying aspects of the new provision. The bad news is that much of that guidance is counter-intuitive to what one might expect by simply reading the plan language of the statute. Advisors who can quickly and thoroughly learn the intricate ins and outs of the 199A deduction will easily stand out from the competition.

Principles Of Tax Planning for Financial Advisors

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Financial Advisors serve clients with a diverse array of backgrounds, financial resources, goals, and objectives. But while no two clients are the same, nearly all clients share the common goal of “paying the least amount of tax possible.” It should come as no surprise then, that clients of all income and asset levels are increasingly seeking “tax planning” guidance from their Financial Advisors.

 

Many advisors, though, have been reticent to engage in tax planning, either because they lack the knowledge to be able to competently do so, fear “stepping on the toes” of a client’s CPA or other tax professionals, or out of concern about running afoul of rules that prevent them from giving tax advice. This session seeks to address those concerns.

 

Attendees will begin by learning why including tax planning as part of their overall client experience is essential for continued growth and success. The session will then focus on exploring ten high level principals of tax planning that can be used by all advisors – from tax planning “newbies” to seasoned tax planning pros – to help guide their clients towards lower tax bills and better outcomes.

SECURE Act 2.0: Retirement Planning Opportunities and Challenges

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, passed in December 2019, brought a wide range of changes to the retirement planning landscape, from the death of the ‘stretch’ IRA to raising the age for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) to 72, to provisions meant to encourage increased participation in workplace retirement plans. And now, Congress has given financial advisors and their clients another year-end development related to retirement planning, dubbed “SECURE 2.0”.

While no single change in SECURE 2.0 rises to the magnitude of the “Death of the Stretch” from the original SECURE Act, there are more total impactful changes in the new legislation. These include raising the RMD age again, allowing transfers of 529 account assets to Roth IRAs (with some significant restrictions), and adjusting the amount of allowed ‘catch-up’ contributions. The legislation also introduces new account types including SEP and SIMPLE Roth IRAs, as well as a “Starter” 401(k) plan. And for current retirees, key measures include reducing the penalties for missed Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) and indexing the allowed amount of Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) for inflation.

Seamlessly Integrating Social Security Benefits into a Client’s Retirement Plan

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Social Security benefits are a bedrock element of most retirement plans. Unfortunately, the litany of rules that govern such benefits, including those that determine eligibility, taxation, timing, and calculation, are incredibly complicated, making it difficult for clients and advisors alike to determine the best course of action.

In this session, attendees will take a deep dive into the rules that surround various types of benefits provided by the Social Security Administration, including retirement benefits, spousal benefits and survivor benefits. Attendees will also explore how delaying Social Security benefits compares to other options, how the special formula for determining the taxable amount of Social Security can dramatically impact net benefits, how losing benefits to the Earnings Test can actually result in greater lifetime benefits, and much more.

Tax Planning for S Corporations: Benefits, Limitations, and Strategies

Jeffrey Levine

S Corporations, and their taxation, are of interest for financial planners as much as they are for financial planning clients. For instance, what is “reasonable compensation”? Or how is the health insurance premium handled? – These are questions financial planners have to answer for clients as well as sometimes for themselves. This session will arm financial advisors with the benefits, limitations, and strategies for S-Corps that they can share with clients and use for themselves.

HSA Planning: Maximizing Tax-Advantaged Savings For Clients' Health Care Expenses

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Ben Henry-Moreland

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be a powerful savings tool for middle-income savers, owing to their combination of tax-deductible contributions, tax-free growth, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses. And because there’s no time limit for HSA funds to be used during their owner’s lifetime, it’s possible to save and invest them over years or decades, and even to use HSAs as a source of tax-free income in retirement – not only to pay for health care costs during retirement, but also to reimburse any (not-previously-reimbursed) expenses that were incurred any time after the account was opened. By understanding the rules around HSAs – including when individuals and families are eligible to contribute (and how much they can contribute each year), which expenses are eligible (and what records the IRS requires to substantiate them), and what happens to an HSA in the event that the account owner dies – advisors can help their clients navigate HSA planning and get the most out of their tax-advantaged health savings. 

Advanced 529 Planning: 529-to-Roth, Dynasty 529, And Other HNW Opportunities

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Over the past few decades, higher education costs have increased at a pace far exceeding inflation. In an effort to help save for such costs, many families have turned to 529 plans. While the basic mechanics of such plans are well understood by most advisors, 529 planning can become surprisingly complex, especially when planning for multiple (generations of) potential students, or when 529 plan funds are used for purposes other than higher education. Lead Financial Planning Nerd, Jeff Levine, explores many of these complexities and take a deep dive into some of the more challenging aspects of 529 planning

Going Deeper On Taxes Compliantly: Tax Planning Vs. Tax Advice

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Ben Henry-Moreland

In this session, advisors will gain a comprehensive understanding of the types of tax advice they cannot provide without being a designated tax practitioner, such as a CPA, EA, or attorney. Explore the allowable types of tax advice from a legal standpoint, while also recognizing the potential liabilities for advisors and their firms in the absence of proper procedures for competent and client-centric tax advice. Discover the nuances between tax planning and tax advice, and learn best practices for advisors to add value through tax planning when direct tax advice may not be an option.  

 

Investment

An In-Depth Look At Optimal Rebalancing Strategies

Updated For New Tax Law!
CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

The conventional view of rebalancing is that it’s a way to enhance long-term returns for investors while keeping their portfolio on target to achieve long-term goals. The reality, though, is that when rebalancing across different asset classes like stocks and bonds, systematic rebalancing is more likely to reduce returns, albeit with the benefit of also reducing risk. And for those who wish to engage in the strategy, it’s still necessary to consider the optimal frequency for rebalancing – which, as it turns out, is not based on a fixed time horizon like monthly, quarterly, or annual rebalancing, but instead is best done by targeting asset allocation thresholds at which a rebalancing trade will trigger (however long it takes to get there!).

Generating Tax Alpha With Effective Asset Location (1 hr)

Updated For New Tax Law!
CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

While it is ‘standard’ for advisors to diversify into an asset allocated portfolio, the question of where to locate those asset classes is more challenging. In this session, we will explore the various ways to handle asset location, taking into consideration tax efficiency, expected returns, and time horizons. We also take a look at how to build, use, and implement an asset location priority list based on the expected return and the tax efficiency of various assets. Finally, we review the caveats and concerns of asset location and approximate the value of utilizing an asset location strategy with your clients.

Rethinking Risk Tolerance for Retiring Clients (1 HR)

CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

Despite being a requirement for FINRA-registered brokers and insurance agents, and a matter of fiduciary protection for registered investment advisors, most financial advisors today give short shrift to risk tolerance questionnaires. But does all this really mean that risk tolerance questionnaires are universally worthless, and that there’s no value to trying to measure a client’s risk tolerance by any means? Absolutely not! Instead, what’s necessary is to delve deeper on both fronts. This session will explore in greater depth exactly what risk tolerance is and what you’re trying to measure, and to consider what’s required to truly design a quality risk tolerance questionnaire or to properly assess risk tolerance for clients.

Estate Planning

Trusts as Beneficiaries of IRAs (1 hr)

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

As the use of trusts in estate planning becomes increasingly popular for both tax and non-tax reasons, and clients continue to accumulate more and more assets in retirement accounts, the use of trusts as beneficiaries of IRAs is increasing desirable and necessary. Unfortunately, though, the rules pertaining to IRAs payable to a trust after death are complex and challenging. In this session, we will explore the unique requirements for IRAs to preserve and maximize their tax deferral after death when a trust is the beneficiary, with details about the rules for trusts to qualify for the IRA’s post-death tax deferral “stretch,” how to calculate the actual post-death required minimum distributions for the trust, and examples of specific wording from sample trusts.

Estate Planning For Income Taxes: Maximizing Basis Planning Opportunities

CE Eligible
Jeffrey Levine

Given recent changes in the law, “tax planning” for one’s estate at death has become a lot less about estate tax planning, and far more about the income tax planning opportunities at death… particularly with respect to maximizing available step-up in basis opportunities. With that in mind, attendees of this session will explore topics including how pre-death asset transfers can help maximize step-up in basis, how other types of pre-death transfers can help avoid the potential for a step-down in basis, complications associated with these strategies for clients living in community property states, and the disadvantages of traditional credit shelter trusts that emerge in an estate planning environment driven by income- (rather than estate-)tax planning.

HSA Planning: Maximizing Tax-Advantaged Savings For Clients' Health Care Expenses

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Ben Henry-Moreland

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be a powerful savings tool for middle-income savers, owing to their combination of tax-deductible contributions, tax-free growth, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses. And because there’s no time limit for HSA funds to be used during their owner’s lifetime, it’s possible to save and invest them over years or decades, and even to use HSAs as a source of tax-free income in retirement – not only to pay for health care costs during retirement, but also to reimburse any (not-previously-reimbursed) expenses that were incurred any time after the account was opened. By understanding the rules around HSAs – including when individuals and families are eligible to contribute (and how much they can contribute each year), which expenses are eligible (and what records the IRS requires to substantiate them), and what happens to an HSA in the event that the account owner dies – advisors can help their clients navigate HSA planning and get the most out of their tax-advantaged health savings. 

Behavioral Finance

Applying Behavioral Finance In Your Financial Planning Practice (1 hr)

Popular Keynote!
CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

An increasing volume of research is making clear what financial planners have long known – that clients do not always act in a purely rational manner. But it’s one thing to recognize that clients sometimes make irrational decisions, and another to really understand what drives those decisions and how to help clients avoid the most damaging mistakes. In this session, advisors will learn what the behavioral finance research has shown about our not-always-rational decision-making process, and how to consider making adjustments to the delivery of their financial planning services to help clients achieve more desirable outcomes through better communication and enhanced trust.

Upping Your Question Game: 25 Questions for Better Client Connections Throughout The Financial Planning Engagement

Popular Keynote!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Asking great questions is an essential part of the job of the financial advisor. Great questions help us to gather important information, and great questions can help motivate clients to take action. Many advisors are aware of the difference between a closed-ended question and an open-ended question, but questions can take additional forms as well. Learn not only about the different types of questions that are available to advisors, but also about how and when to use these questions throughout the financial planning relationship.

17 Follow-Up Questions to Enrich Client Conversations

New for 2024!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Rapport building is pivotal groundwork for a trusting relationship. One sure fire way to build rapport and ultimately trust is by asking follow-up questions. In this presentation, advisors will learn why follow-up questions are so powerful for trust and connection. They will also learn about varied forms of follow-up questions and how to use those forms in the varied financial planning meetings, specifically introduction meetings, discovery meetings, and plan presentations meetings. Utilizing follow-up questions to strategically build rapport and trust in the early stages of a new financial planning engagement.

 

Fine to Flourish – Making Review Meetings Fun Again!

New for 2023!
CE Eligible
Meghaan Lurtz

Ongoing monitoring meetings get boring. Advisors and clients alike are not thrilled to be having the same meeting again and again where there is nothing new or exciting to report. Yet, when clients hit the “fine” phase of the client-advisor relationship, this can be the perfect time to start having “flourish” conversations and bring some fun back to the client-advisor relationship and transform the boring monitoring meetings. Join us and learn about thinking of the three phases of the client advisor relationship as fix, fine, flourish and the questions to ask clients that move them from fine to flourish which ends up brining the advisors back to where they are happiest, at fix.

Practice Management

Rethinking Advisor Marketing To Generate More Scalable Growth

Updated for 2024!
Michael Kitces

For decades, the most common way that established financial advisors grow is via referrals from their existing clients. And as a result, the average financial advisory firm spends just 2% of its revenue on marketing. Yet in practice, it’s not clear whether growing with referrals is really a best practice, or simply the only source of growth that’s left when advisory firms spend on little else to market their services! In this session, we delve into the latest Kitces Research on what financial advisors are actually doing to successfully market themselves, the typical cost to acquire new clients and how it varies by marketing channel, why some marketing strategies are significantly more scalable than others, and the best approach to determine the right budget for marketing expenses for your advisory firm!  

At The Capacity Crossroads: 3 Visions For Scaling The Advisory Firm You Want

Popular Keynote!
Michael Kitces

Historically, the transactional brokerage models of financial advice meant that one could never have “too many” clients; at worst, advisors just focused on their biggest clients with the best repeat business opportunities. However, the rise of recurring revenue relationship-oriented models, from charging AUM fees to monthly subscription fees, introduces a material capacity limitation for advisory firms – any one financial advisor can only handle “so many” ongoing clients, before there simply isn’t enough time (or mental bandwidth) to serve any more. And with retention rates commonly 90%+ for most advisory firms, it’s virtually inevitable that any and every financial advisor will eventually hit their personal capacity wall after enough years in the business. Once they reach this Capacity Crossroads, though, advisors must make a decision about how to scale their firm going forward, as either a “Lifestyle” firm (maximizing income for the advisor and building a small team around them, but without any intention or desire to grow past themselves), a “Small Giant” that tries to grow focused businesses serving their particular type of clientele a particular way (and will accumulate more advisors/team over time to reach a growing number of those clients), or as an Enterprise-builders who aspires to build truly large advisory firm enterprise. In this session, we will explore the different approaches for how advisory firms scale, help advisors understand which type is the best fit for their own personal vision and goals, and give them perspective on what they should (and shouldn’t) be focused on based on their desired approach to scaling their advisory firm (i.e., what they should do/build, what they should hire, what they should NOT hire, and what they should outsource).

Scaling Advice: From Financial Advisor to Financial Advicer

CE Eligible
Michael Kitces

The financial planning process is a valuable, but time-consuming, process. And the pressure of ‘spending the time’ to demonstrate the value is only amplified further as advisory firms grow a sizable base of clientele, and must support them in an ongoing manner after the initial financial plan is delivered. In this session, we explore the research on what actually makes the financial planning process more efficient and scalable, including the impact of advanced training and designations, how to develop more repeatable financial planning processes with an annual service calendar, how client variability impacts the efficiency of firms ad their planning processes, and the role that technology does (and does not) play in advisor efficiency.

Accelerating Growth By Marketing How You’re Different (Instead Of Better)

New for 2023!
Adam Van Deusen

When marketing to prospective clients, many firms try to show how they are ‘better’ than other firms, for example by their status as a fiduciary, fee-only advisor offering comprehensive planning services. While these can be important characteristics, they are not necessarily the differentiators they once were, with even the largest asset managers adopting similar language in their marketing. In this session, we discuss how advisors can focus on what makes them different, instead of the slippery slope of forever trying to be better in an increasingly competitive advisor landscape. Leveraging Kitces Research data and real-world examples from advisory firms, we explore how advisors can decide what makes them different and options for how they can communicate their unique value proposition on their websites to show why they are the best advisor for their ideal target client.

Is My Advisory Firm Normal? 6 KPIs To Track & Compare

New for 2024!
Michael Kitces

Every financial advisor builds their advisory firm to their unique vision of how they believe their clients should be served… which can create significant challenges in assessing the financial health of the business beyond “is it profitable (at all)”, and figuring out whether the firm is pricing its services properly, what its capacity should be, and how to determine whether its team is really being as productive as it should be. In this session, we explore some of the Key Performance Indicators that advisory firm owners can use to understand the financial health of the business, including what is a “normal” profit margin and overhead expense ratio, when an advisory firm should (or shouldn’t) expect to scale its EBOC, how to use revenue per advisor to assess productivity and capacity, and how to leverage revenue per employee as a key indicator of when to hire to grow sustainably.

Pricing - Speaking Fees

Our speaking fees for keynotes and in-person engagements vary depending on the speaker, as well as the size, timing, and location of the event.

Our rate is treated as a flat day rate, regardless of whether the particular session is a keynote, breakout, or workshop.

Michael Kitces

In-Person Fee: $14,000 - $20,000
Travels From: Washington DC.
Virtual Fee: $5,000 - $8,000

Jeffrey Levine

In-Person Fee: $8,000 - $12,000
Travels From: Saint Louis, MO
Virtual Fee: $3,000 - $4,000

Dr. Derek Tharp

In-Person Fee: $3,000 - $5,000
Travels From: Portland, Maine
Virtual Fee: $1,000 - $2,000

Dr. Meghaan Lurtz

In-Person Fee: $3,000 - $5,000
Travels From: Varies
Virtual Fee: $1,000 - $2,000

Adam Van Deusen

In-Person Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Travels From: Washington, DC
Virtual Fee: $500 - $1,000

Ben Henry-Moreland

In-Person Fee: $1,000 - $2,000
Travels From: Minneapolis, MN
Virtual Fee: $500 - $1,000
Michael Kitces
Jeffrey Levine
Dr. Derek Tharp
Dr. Meghaan Lurtz
Adam Van Deusen
Ben Henry-Moreland
In-Person Fee
$14,000 - $20,000
$8,000 - $12,000
$3,000 - $5,000
$3,000 - $5,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$1,000 - $2,000
Travels From
Washington DC.
Saint Louis, MO
Portland, Maine
Varies
Washington, DC
Minneapolis, MN
Virtual Fee
$5,000 - $8,000
$3,000 - $4,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$1,000 - $2,000
$500 - $1,000
$500 - $1,000

VIRTUAL EVENTS

There are no additional fees for virtual events since travel is not required. However, our virtual event fees are priced per session, with a 10% discount for multiple sessions.

Our virtual speaking fees typically cover:

  • A 30-minute pre-event planning call with event organizers (if desired)
  • A 10-minute tech-check with event organizers (if desired)
  • A 60-90 minute virtual/webinar session presentation

IN PERSON EVENTS

In addition to speaking fees, expense reimbursements include coach airfare on the speaker’s preferred airline, 1-2 nights of accommodations as necessary based on travel arrangements, parking, and ground transportation.

Our speaking fees typically cover:

  • A 30-minute pre-event planning call with event organizers (if desired)
  • A 60-90 minute keynote or breakout session presentation
  • An additional 60-90 minute breakout session or workshop at the event (based on travel availability)
  • Social media promotion of the event and speaker attendance at the event (if desired)

Note: Additional speaking fees may apply for remote locations more than 60 minutes from the airport, and/or requiring flights into a ‘secondary’ airport with limited flight options.

Will we ever do a talk for less?

Yes, in rare cases, we will, if your organization has limited means but aligns with our mission of advancing competent and ethical fiduciary financial planning.

In addition, we offer several discounts:
– 20% discount are available for membership associations and other non-profit organizations.
– 10% discount for engaging Kitces speakers for 2+ in-person or 3+ virtual events across multiple day (same or separate events).
– 10% discount for 2+ virtual webinar sessions in a single day.

Speaking fee discounts do not stack.

What is your international speaking fee?

For international events outside North America, Michael’s fees begin at US $20,000, plus reimbursement for business class airfare on United.

Where can I ask additional questions about how to work with a Kitces speaker?

See our FAQs at the bottom of this page, or contact us directly via the Speaker Request form below.

Presentation Requirements

IN PERSON EVENTS

If our speaker is using slides, they will bring their own PC laptop to present.

We will also supply our own presentation remote and video adapters (if/as needed).

Our speakers will bring:

  • A PC laptop with VGA and HDMI connections/adapters
  • Logitech Spotlight (or similar) Presentation Remote
  • A Powerpoint presentation formatted to 4:3 format (can be reformatted to 16:9 upon request)

We will need you to provide:

  • A microphone (lavalier preferred)
  • AC power for our laptops
  • A projector to connect to (with VGA or HDMI input)
  • A sound system to connect to for laptop audio output (depending on presentation)

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Our speakers will prepare their own slides and present from their own laptop.

Our speakers will have: 

  • A stable high-speed internet connection for the duration of the event, with an alternative back-up internet connection
  • A high-quality webcam and dedicated microphone
  • A Powerpoint presentation ready for screen-share (if applicable for selected content)

We will need you to provide*:

  • A virtual event system (e.g., Zoom, GoToWebinar, Webex) to host the event
  • Login/access details for the presenter to connect to the event
  • An event host to manage the event and coordinate the logging on process for attendees

*Kitces Education can facilitate setup and hosting of your webinar/virtual event if preferred. Please contact us directly to discuss if you would prefer that we handle and execute the event logistics.

What It’s Like To Work With Kitces Speakers

As a chapter executive responsible for managing the logistics and CE filings for over 20 speakers for our annual two-day forum, I always look forward to working with Michael and his staff. They handle themselves in a professional and friendly way, always have the contract and CE filing documentation in the format needed, and are flexible and accommodating if necessary. I would love to give the “Kitces-template” to all the speakers with which I deal so that I could have more time to deal with the other aspects of managing an event.

Michael’s content is an essential feature at Investments & Wealth Institute events for two reasons – it’s flawlessly researched and highly practical for our membership of elite advisors. Those reasons are enough to invite him to our events. But the fact that he’s also an extraordinary speaker, easy to work with, and adaptable to nearly any topic makes him an extremely powerful addition to our educational programs.

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Availability & Capacity

Our team only has capacity for 72 in-person engagements in total for 2023. Please see our current speaking schedule below to see if your dates are available.

Michael Kitces

Total In-Person Available: 12
Remaining: 1

Jeffrey Levine

Total In-Person Available: 30
Remaining: 2

Dr. Derek Tharp

Total In-Person Available: 15
Remaining: 12

Dr. Meghaan Lurtz

Total In-Person Available: 15
Remaining: 6

Adam Van Deusen

Total In-Person Available: 9
Remaining: 8

Ben Henry-Moreland

Total In-Person Available: 8
Remaining: 1
Michael Kitces
Jeffrey Levine
Dr. Derek Tharp
Dr. Meghaan Lurtz
Adam Van Deusen
Ben Henry-Moreland
Total In-Person Available
12
30
15
15
9
8
In-Person Available
1
2
12
6
8
1
Virtual Remaining
2/month
Flexible Based On Availability
Flexible Based On Availability
Flexible based on availability
Flexible based on availability
Flexible based on availability

Please note: our preferred speaking time is mornings or very early afternoon, to minimize travel conflicts for outbound afternoon flights to the next event.

Request to have a Kitces Speaker at Your Event

Please fill out the form belong in its entirety. This will give our team everything they need to determine if your requested speaker is available and a good fit for your event. If you have a unique circumstance that doesn’t fit our request form below, please contact [email protected] directly.

Our speaking slots do fill up quickly and we are often booked up to a year in advance. The earlier you can apply, the better.

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Even More Kind Words from Past Clients

Michael’s engagement and content are often sought after by our advisors and he consistently adds value to our learning opportunities. Through Michael’s educational tools and resources, our advisors are better prepared to help their clients achieve success and have more meaningful discussions.

The Financial Planning Association of Minnesota chapter has shared Michael Kitces’ expertise with our members since 2007, with audiences ranging from 149 to 623. He is consistently ranked by attendees as one of our best presenters – absolutely fantastic!

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