Working With A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
When choosing a financial advisor to help you meet your wealth management goals, consider the benefits of working with someone that is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP ®
) professional. This well-regarded certification is awarded by the CFP® Board
to individuals that have met rigorous educational, testing, and ethical standards.
To obtain the CFP ®
certification, individuals must complete a comprehensive course of study at an approved college or university covering a multitude of financial planning topics, including:
- Estate Planning
- Income Tax Planning
- Wealth Transfer Strategies
- Risk Management
- Retirement Planning
- Employee Benefits
- Wealth Management Planning
Upon completion of the required coursework, individuals must pass a comprehensive, two-day, 10-hour examination that tests one’s ability to apply the knowledge they have obtained to real-life situations. This test is considered one of the most difficult in the industry, with only a 55-60%* pass rate.
Beyond education, CFP ®
professionals must adhere to a strict code of ethics, upholding principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when providing service to others. These standards are monitored closely by the CFP ®
Board and violation of these principles can result in the revocation of the designation.
Why It Should Matter to You
There are a variety of attributes that you can expect from an advisor with the CFP ®
- being well-versed in developing integrated wealth management plans;
- a robust theoretical and practical knowledge of investment products and services;
- an unwavering commitment to the highest ethics; and
- a steadfast commitment to putting your interests first.
I encourage you to experience the benefits of working with a CFP® professional for yourself. Contact me today to learn more or to schedule a complimentary consultation.