Quarterly Education Meeting


7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join Us on February 24th for FPA of Orange County’s Quarterly Education Meeting!

Presentations are scheduled throughout the day at approximately 8:00 AM • 9:40 AM • 12:45 PM • 2:05 PM • 3:00 PM Virtual Happy Hour Gathering (Ethics is scheduled for 9:40 AM) All times are Pacific Time. Full agenda and event details will be emailed prior to the event.

Cost: FPA Members $30 | Non-Members $50 | Orange County Members May Purchase 2021 Quarterly Meeting Passes – $75 for Returning Passholders, $120 New Passholders | Current Students No Charge

Current Students – Contact Admin@FPAOC.org to request a complimentary admission.

CE: We anticipate offering 5.0 Hours CFP CE and 5.0 Hours CPA CPE. CE instructions will be sent prior to the meeting.

Plus, mark your calendar now for our remaining 2021 meetings on May 19, August 18, and November 3, 2021.

February QEM Follow Up PDF v2
Orange County Ethics Virtual Delivery compressed

Speakers & Agenda:

Dr. David Kelly

Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Session Title:
The Pandemic Policy and Investing in 2021 and Beyond

In this presentation we will look at economic outlook, including the trajectory of the pandemic and its implications for economic growth, employment, inflation, the U.S. dollar, and earnings. We will discuss the fiscal and monetary policy outlook for the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve. Finally, we will talk about investment implications, including extended valuations in U.S. equity market, low rates in fixed income market, but opportunities in value equities, international equities, and yield opportunities in alternative investments.

Learning Objectives:
  • The continuing pandemic is slowing the economic recovery.
  • Washington doves mean easy money and fiscal stimulus now but higher rates and taxes later.
  • Broad U.S. equity and bond indices don’t look cheap although there should be more opportunities in U.S. value and international equities.

Level of Complexity: Overview

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Dr. David Kelly is the Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. With over 20 years of experience, David provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to the institutional investor and financial advisor global communities.

Throughout his career, David has developed a unique ability to explain complex economic and market issues in a language that financial professionals can use to communicate to their clients. He is a keynote speaker at many national investment conferences and a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial media outlets.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, David served as Economic Advisor to Putnam Investments. He has also served as a senior strategist/economist at SPP Investment Management, Primark Decision Economics, Lehman Brothers and DRI/McGraw-Hill.

David is a CFA® charterholder. He also has a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Melissa Kemp, CFP®, AEP®, CAP®, CNAP®

Executive Director, FPA of Greater Phoenix

Session Title:
The CFP® Board New Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct Course - Required 2.0 Hours CFP Ethics

This course fulfills the requirements for CFP® Board approved Ethics CE. The program is designed to educate CFP® professionals on the CFP® Board’s new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, which became effective October 1, 2019.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the structure and content of the revised Code and Standards, including significant changes and how the changes affect CFP® professionals
  • Act in accordance with CFP Board’s fiduciary duty
  • Apply the Practice Standards when providing Financial Planning
  • Provide the Client all required information
  • Recognize and avoid, or fully disclose and manage, Material Conflicts of Interest

Level of Complexity: Overview

CE: 2.0 hour CFP CE (Fills required 2.0 hours Ethics) and 2.0 hours CPA CPE

Blair duQuesnay, CFA®, CFP®

Investment Advisor Representative, Ritholtz Wealth Management, LLC

Session Title:
The Complexities Involved in Client Communications and Building a 100% Remote RIA

This presentation shares how Ritholtz Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Adviser, built an RIA that works with clients all over the country, despite never meeting many of their clients in person. It covers some of the challenges in hiring, compensating, and managing a remote workforce. The presentation also focuses on ways that advisors can build trust with potential clients online using blogs, social media, traditional media, podcasts, and more. The presentation incorporates the new communication challenges advisors face in a post-COVID landscape and how they can improve their communication channels within their businesses and with their clients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn strategies for remote/online business development
  • Understand how to recruit top talent and manage a remote workforce efficiently
  • Consider how the advice world is changed permanently by the pandemic and how to make adjustments to your business to succeed in the post-COVID era

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Blair duQuesnay, CFA®, CFP® is an investment advisor at Ritholtz Wealth Management. She works with clients to create sustainable financial plans and investment strategies, and she is a member of the firm’s investment committee. Blair writes about personal finance and issues pertaining to women on her blog, The Belle Curve.

Blair is an active contributor and commenter on the financial services industry. She is the author of The New York Times opinion piece, “Consider Firing Your Male Broker” in January 2019. She has been featured or quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, InvestmentNews, Morningstar Advisor Magazine, and Business Insider. She has been featured as a speaker and panelist at the CFA Annual Conference, Morningstar Investment Conference, and the CFA Wealth Management Conference.

Blair is a CFA Charterholder and is Past President of the CFA Society of Louisiana. She is currently the Chair of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, a nonpartisan advocacy organization focused on good government best practices. She is a sustaining member and former board member of the Junior League of New Orleans.
Blair and her husband live in New Orleans with their two young children.

Janet Dockstader, JD, CFLS, Law Offices of Dockstader Orliczky
Curtis Kaiser, JD, MBA, Kaiser Law Group

Session Title:
Death & Divorce: When Bad Goes to Worse

With the increase in Gray Divorce (age 50+), the risk of death during the divorce process has a higher probability than a younger couple.  Estate documents should be reviewed during the divorce process to see if there might be unintended consequences. We will examine various types of assets, various titling of assets, and what the outcomes might be if a spouse dies during divorce vs. after divorce.  Most importantly, we will provide the estate planning professional with guidance as to effective techniques to protect a client’s assets.

Learning Objectives:
  • Unintended consequences if a spouse dies during the divorce process, and which court will have jurisdiction of marital assets
  • Estate planning techniques that are allowed during divorce, and those that are prohibited
  • Effective planning techniques to protect a client’s desired estate outcome

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 hour CFP CE and 1.0 hour CPA CPE


Janet E. Dockstader grew up in Long Beach, California, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and finished her education at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She also attended Monterey Institute of International Studies focusing her attention on Fluency in Spanish. She is Certified by the State Bar of California of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in family law, a distinction held by less than one percent of all attorneys in California.

Janet’s reputation as a staunch advocate for her clients as well as having a confident and professional courtroom presence quickly earned her a favorable reputation among local judges and attorneys. Janet became a partner with the preeminent family law firm Brandmeyer, Stanton & Dockstader from 2008 to 2011 at which time the firm merged with another and became Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader from 2011 to 2018. After having been a partner with a significant size family law firm for over 10 years, Janet and her associate, Nadine Orliczky, have partnered up and moved their team to Seal Beach where their goal is to run a boutique firm where the attorneys can give greater personalized attention while continuing to work as partners with their clients to achieve their client’s goals.

Curtis Kaiser, JD/MBA, founded the Kaiser Law Group in Long Beach, California in 2007 with the intent to deliver estate planning with incomparable service. To meet that goal, he developed a collaborative process including the client and his/her trusted advisors.

Beginning his career as a litigator with Morrison & Foerster in Orange County, California’s largest law firm at the time, Curtis has invested in his profession with a quest for excellence. He is a Board-Certified Estate Planning Specialist, a designation held by few estate planning attorneys in California. This commitment to specialization led him to develop what he calls “Purposeful Planning for the Millionaire Next Door®.” This is a client-centered model that focuses on sensible financial decisions to accumulate and sustain family wealth in all of its forms, across generations.

Curtis earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D. degree from Santa Clara University, where he was named a Dean’s Fellow and received a 100% merit scholarship. Curtis also has an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. In addition, he is a proficient Spanish speaker and serves clients who prefer to communicate in their native language.