The first major continuing education conference for financial planners in 2013 registered a significant rise in attendance over last year, and the organizers attributed the large turnout to both the timing and the quality of the program. The AICPA’s Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference, held last week in Las Vegas, drew a record 1,100 attendees this year, a big jump from 820 in 2012.

One speaker, Michael Kitces, a partner and director of research at Pinnacle Advisory Group, believes the conference benefited greatly from being the first major event of the year. “It really has given the conference a unique edge for being able to kick off the year with themes, planning issues and developments that no one else can,” he says.

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