Academy of Financial Services (AFS) Announces Two Best Paper Awards


Las Vegas, NV, Oct 20, 2016 – The Academy of Financial Services held its 31st annual meeting at Harrah’s Las Vegas where they announced two “Best Paper Awards”.

Jeff Camarda was awarded the PlanPlus Best Paper Award for his Draft PhD Dissertation from the American College for his research on “Do Financial Advisory Designations such as CFP®, ChFP® and CFA® Connote Lower FINRA Misconduct?”

The AFS Conference is the premiere academic conference in the personal finance sector with over 120 attendees and research papers from institutions in the US, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, South East Asia and New Zealand. Best Paper Awards are based on “blind” or “double-blind” assessment criteria where a panel of judges evaluates the papers without knowledge of the authors of the research.

Larry Frank Sr. and Shawn Brayman were awarded the CFP® Board Best Paper Award for their research “Combining Stochastic Simulations and Actuarial Withdrawals into One Model”. The paper outlined an alternative method to help clients of financial advisors visualize the possible outcomes of their financial future, given uncertainties of age and investment return.

Shawn Brayman was a previous recipient of AFS Best Paper Award in 2011 and received the Best Applied Research Award along with co-Author Dr. John Grable last month at the Financial Planning Association Conference in Baltimore.

“We were very pleased with the quality and number of papers that were presented this year and those that were considered for the Best Paper Awards,” said Duncan Williams, Executive VP of AFS in charge of the Conference. “We are already looking forward to preparations for next year’s conference which will be held in Nashville in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association. This should open up even greater collaboration between the academic and financial planner community,” said Duncan.

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