FPA And Janus Introduce the 'Financial Frontiers Awards' to Stimulate Ground-Breaking Research Benefiting Financial Advisers and Their Clients

Company Release - 9/15/2005 9:00 AM ET
    SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 2005--

        Competition Offers up to $100,000 in Prizes, Encourages
     Submissions from Throughout the Financial Services Community

The Financial Planning Association(R) (FPA(R)) and Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced the "Financial Frontiers Awards" -- a competition created to encourage research papers that showcase new ideas and practical solutions for helping financial advisers and their clients.

The Financial Frontiers Awards program, introduced at FPA's annual conference in San Diego, is designed to promote serious research that expands the body of knowledge in wealth management and financial planning. Topics for research papers could include, but are not limited to, investments, practice management, retirement planning, general financial planning and trust and estate planning.

"We want to create a spirited competition that encourages the best thinkers in the field to share their latest research and thereby expand the frontiers of finance," said Rob Watson, managing director of Client Management for Janus Global Advisors, the company's division dedicated to serving financial intermediaries.

The competition is open to all financial planners, investment consultants, registered representatives, registered investment advisers, bankers, accountants, educators, students, attorneys, and practitioners from the insurance field and trust and estate planning firms. Submissions also are welcome from financial advisers and management or support staff at financial services institutions, regardless of their size.

Janus will contribute up to $100,000 to fund the Financial Frontiers Awards. The winners of the three top, or gold, awards will each receive $20,000, while the three second-place, or silver, winners will each earn $10,000.

The research papers will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of highly qualified judges assembled by FPA's Journal of Financial Planning, which has access to the industry's best researchers, writers and practitioners and expertise in managing its annual "Call for Papers" competition. Beginning in 2006, the Financial Frontiers Awards will replace the Call for Papers competition.

"This is a natural collaboration because both organizations specialize in key aspects of financial services," said FPA President-Elect Daniel B. Moisand, CFP(R). "FPA is the community that advances the financial planning profession by cultivating the body of knowledge in personal financial planning. Meanwhile, Janus is well known for its long-standing commitment to conducting intensive fundamental research.

"As millions of baby boomers prepare for retirement, there's a sea change taking place in the financial planning industry," Moisand said. "By teaming with Janus, we hope to jump-start innovation and offer advisers a wealth of new ideas that can help their clients reach their financial goals."

To submit a research paper for consideration, or to review the competition guidelines, please visit www.financialfrontiersawards.org. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2006. Winners will be notified next June and honored at FPA's 2006 annual conference.

About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Janus Capital Group Inc. is a leading asset manager offering individual investors and institutional clients complementary asset management disciplines through the firm's global distribution network. Janus Capital Group consists of Janus Capital Management LLC, Enhanced Investment Technologies, LLC (INTECH), and Capital Group Partners, Inc. In addition, Janus Capital Group owns 30% of Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell and Company, LLC.

About The Financial Planning Association

The Financial Planning Association(R) (FPA(R)) is the membership organization for the financial planning community. Its members are dedicated to supporting the financial planning process in order to help people achieve their goals and dreams.

The Financial Planning Association is the owner of trademark, service mark and collective membership mark rights in: FPA, FPA/Logo and FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION. The marks may not be used without written permission from the Financial Planning Association.

About The Journal of Financial Planning

The Journal of Financial Planning is the gold standard among financial planning publications. Launched more than 25 years ago, it features a unique editorial blend of peer-reviewed, cutting-edge financial planning research and timely, topical columnists and feature writers. Its credibility is unrivalled and it is more frequently cited for original research by mainstream business publications, including Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek, than other financial planning publications.

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    SOURCE: Janus Capital Group Inc.