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Young planners targeted

By Victoria Young
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AFA announces packed conference program and expects 500 attendees.

The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) plans to target young financial planner talent at its national conference.

"We want the AFA to become the association of choice among young advisers," AFA national vice president and conference chair Paul Riegelhuth.

"The AFA is really focused on giving young advisers a reason to come to our conference. I'm not aware of any other organisation that specialises for advisers who are under 40."

Advisers, celebrities and industry experts make up a packed speaker program for the three-day event from October 14 in the Gold Coast.

It has three streams: investment and technical, GenXt for young advisers, and the practice development stream.

"The conference provides a forum for our advisers to learn, to get together with their peers and share ideas," Riegelhuth said.

"It's as much about camaraderie and a sense of belonging as it is about financial planning."

Highlights include generation Y expert Peter Sheahan and relationship specialist Bruce Sullivan, former captain of the Australian cricket team Steve Waugh.

Winners of the AFA Adviser of the Year and the AFA Rising Star Award will be crowned.

AFA chief executive officer Richard Klipin said he expected attendance numbers to swell to 500, compared to 400 last year.

"It's a showcase. It's about thought leadership, setting an agenda and showing advisers good practice models in action," Klipin said.