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Rogers leaves CFA Institute under cloud of alleged affair

June 11, 2014

The head of the CFA Institute abruptly stepped down last week amid allegations that he was conducting an affair with a colleague. John D. Rogers was president and chief executive until June 3, when he abruptly departed after the CFA board had...

Advisers held back by fee-based fears

June 5, 2014

The tides have turned as the four large wirehouses, which traditionally trained advisers in commission-based brokerage business, now house some of the leading practitioners of fee-based business, according to a Pershing executive who spoke at...

Advisers support CFP Board scrutiny of compensation definitions but still worry about fee-only labels

May 21, 2014

Investment advisers support a move this week by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to ensure that advisers are accurately describing their compensation on its website, but they continue to have concerns about pay definitions....

Setting record straight on CFP Board rules

May 18, 2014

A court challenge to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.'s enforcement of its standards of professional conduct has caused some to question its enforcement process and whether the CFP Board should adopt a less rigorous “fee...

Institute for the Fiduciary Standard launches best practices effort, eyes new certificate

May 13, 2014

While federal regulators debate rules that would raise investment-advice standards, one organization dedicated to promoting a fiduciary standard is taking matters into its own hands. The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a think tank whose...

CFP Board unleashes tsunami in fee-only court case, piling up legal fees

May 6, 2014

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. released 300,000 pages of documents to the couple suing the organization over its compensation definitions, marking an advance in a case that is potentially becoming costly for the organization....

FPA's MetLife sponsorship raises eyebrows about its relationship with the fiduciary foe

April 24, 2014

The Financial Planning Association's acceptance of a sponsorship from MetLife Inc., a leader of the insurance industry, which historically has butted heads with the financial planning community over the issue of a uniform fiduciary standard,...

Where are the female CFP professionals?

March 27, 2014

It's been called the “feminine famine.” Only 23% of CFP professionals are women, and that number has not changed in more than a decade. For nearly a year, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has been on a mission to discover...

CFP Board moves to strengthen academic underpinning of planning profession

March 13, 2014

The Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards Inc. will establish a new doctoral program, launch an academic journal and explore the feasibility of an academic center, the organization said Thursday. The moves are part of the CFP Board’s...

Alternative investing program targets advisers looking to diversify

March 13, 2014

Tapping into the growing popularity of alternative investment strategies, two industry associations have joined forces to offer an online educational program and certificate that demonstrates continuing education in alternative portfolio strategies....

The why and how of running for political office

February 24, 2014

Are certified financial planner professionals ready for prime-time political office? You bet we are! Financial planning is at an interesting (maybe even critical) crossroads in terms of our evolution as an accepted "profession." Wikipedia defines...

NAPFA, FPA waiting on CFP Board to have fee-only talk

December 11, 2013

Four months after a controversy blew up over how to categorize investment advisers, based on how they are paid, formal talks among the groups at the heart of the debate haven't yet begun. Over the summer, differences between the Certified Financial...

CFP board navigates rough seas

November 24, 2013

Until this year, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. had lived a fairly quiet existence, granting the financial planning designation and upholding related education and ethics requirements for nearly 69,000 mark holders....

I survived the CFP exam and oh, what a relief it is

November 18, 2013

Do you remember the old Speedy Alka-Seltzer TV commercials from the 1950s and 1960s? The tap-dancing wooden puppet's motto was “Oh, what a relief it is!” That is exactly how I feel after completing the two-day, 10-hour certified financial...

Outside pressure helps change CFP Board's mind on offering continuing-ed program

November 13, 2013

Pressure from groups representing investment advisers helped persuade the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to stay out of the continuing-education business. In announcing its decision Wednesday, the board said that it instead...

CFP Board doubles down on 'fee-only' definition

October 16, 2013

In the debate over how to describe the ways that investment advisers are paid, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is standing by its definition of fee-only — while other groups hope for some wiggle room. In an Oct. 15...

NAPFA expects workable fee-only definition from CFP Board in next couple weeks

October 11, 2013

Debate over the definition of a "fee-only" adviser is likely to be resolved in the next couple of weeks, as fee-only professionals push for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to establish a workable definition, according...

American College in effort to add more advice to product sales

September 25, 2013

A new certificate offered by The American College for Financial Services aims to make financial advisers think more about their clients’ overall needs than just moving investment products. On Wednesday, the organization launched the financial...

American College launches web-based program for CFA candidates

September 16, 2013

The American College of Financial Services today launched AnalystSuccess.com, a mobile preparatory program for the chartered financial analyst exam. The new program for CFA candidates offers web-based packages that are both self-guided and instructor-led....

Regulators: Don't get lost in the soup

September 15, 2013

Confusion over the alphabet soup of designations faced by investors has led the North American Securities Administrators Association and the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a note about the plethora of titles used by financial advisers....

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