​Students Submit Financial Plan Entries for National Competition February 12, 2014

By Ed Morrow

Intl. Assoc. of Registered Financial Consultants


February 20, 2014 -- The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) reports that the financial plans from participating students in their National Financial Plan Competition have been received by the January 31 deadline at the headquarters in Middletown, OH.   Plans are currently undergoing a judging process to determine 6 semi-finalists.

The entries were first scrutinized to meet the basic criteria of functionality and professionalism as the students were instructed to submit plans as if they were handing over a proposal to a prospective client.  From this initial group of plans, 6 teams were selected to present their plan via web conference in front of the IARFC Board of Directors the day before their Annual Board Meeting on March 6th.  Three finalists are then chosen for a live presentation in Las Vegas.

“Our goal of the plan competition is an educational one,” says IARFC Chairman and CEO Ed Morrow.  “Students need to understand how to present to a real client, in the real world with a real case scenario and data.  Completing this process simulates a valuable real world experience.”

The Universities that have participated this year are:  University of North Texas (Denton, TX), Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH), Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV), University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) and University of Georgia (Athens, GA).  A number of the professors have included writing a financial plan and submitting it to the competition as part of their
curriculum.

“It is evident from the plans that have arrived that the students participating in the 2014 National Financial Plan Competition put a great deal of work into this project,” says competition organizer Amy Primeau.   “We are excited to see which teams rise to the top during the judging process.”

Announcements of the winners of the semi-finalist round will be forthcoming  the week of March 10th.  Teams will be notified and sent information regarding arrangements for the trip to Las Vegas. These teams of finalists will be judged on May 1 by an audience of professional financial service individuals and the new National Champion announced.

Experienced professional practitioners are the judges for the finals on May 1. For more information for serving as a judge at the plan competition in Las Vegas, visit www.iarfc.org or contact Amy Primeau at 800 532 9060800 532 9060.

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