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CFP Board expands fiduciary duty for financial advisers

March 29, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has unanimously approved an expanded fiduciary standard as part of a revamp of the designation's conduct requirements. Under the new rule, all CFPs — including brokers — must act in...

What does the new CFP standard mean for a CFP at a wirehouse?

March 29, 2018

Question: I am a CFP professional working for a major wirehouse. I provide investment management services and charge an asset management fee tied to the size of the account. I can do financial planning for clients, when needed or requested,...

An American CFP's experience in the land down under

March 27, 2018

Earlier this year, I spoke in Australia at Real Women Global, a women's empowerment organization, about my experience as a woman in the financial services industry. During my travels, I met fellow certified financial planner professionals from...

Women's History Month: Celebrating the women of financial planning

March 22, 2018

March marks the 31st year of National Women's History Month, which was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1987 as a time each year when the nation can collectively acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of American women. Over the past 31...

Eight brokerage firms urge CFP Board to delay new fiduciary standards

February 5, 2018

Eight major brokerage firms are calling on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to halt its effort to raise the investment-advice requirement attached to the designation until the Securities and Exchange Commission proposes...

CFP Board's new head of gender diversity lays out her agenda

January 30, 2018

Kathleen McQuiggan wants to see more females in financial services, not just because she's a woman, but because she believes greater diversity is good for the industry, and ultimately good for financial planning clients. Ms. McQuiggan, 49, is...

The mutual fund men's club needs more women

January 30, 2018

By now we know that having more women on leadership teams enhances businesses. We also know that women have qualities that make them good investors, such as their approach to risk. Why then are there still so few women money managers? The figures...

Major financial trade groups to CFP Board: Slow the effort to raise mark's fiduciary standard

January 25, 2018

Two prominent financial industry trade groups want the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to halt its effort to raise the designation's advice standard until the Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed its own fiduciary...

CFP Board appoints Kathleen McQuiggan special adviser on gender diversity

January 16, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.'s Center for Financial Planning has appointed Kathleen McQuiggan its special adviser on gender diversity to help guide its Women's Initiative (WIN), which addresses the shortage of women...

Time's up for feminine famine in financial planning?

January 10, 2018

Here's my personal wish for 2018: As #MeToo gives way to #TimesUp as Hollywood's response to sexual harassment charges, I hope a similar resolve to boost the ranks of female financial advisers finds new inspiration to transform the profession...

Fake comments hit regulators seeking input on proposed rules

December 28, 2017

Several public comments collected by the Department of Labor that criticize the proposed fiduciary rule are fake, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal and Mercury Analytics. Of more than 3,000 comments, WSJ surveyed 345 people,...

Ask the Ethicist: Help the CFP Board improve its revised standards

December 27, 2017

On Dec. 20, the CFP Board released the second draft of its proposed revisions to the Standards of Professional Conduct. The first draft was released during the summer with a 60-day comment period. This latest version is open to comment from...

CFP Board touts revised standards in $80,000 Wall St. Journal ad

December 22, 2017

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is spending nearly $80,000 to take out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal Friday to tout its revised advice standards. The new rules would require all CFPs, including brokers who...

CFP Board modifies details of revised standards but maintains strengthened fiduciary duty

December 20, 2017

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. released today a second round of revisions to its code of ethics and standards of conduct. It maintains higher advice standards for the credential but eases some disclosure requirements...

Eleanor Blayney to retire from CFP Board

November 28, 2017

Long-time women's advocate Eleanor Blayney will step down from her position as Special Advisor on Gender Diversity at the end of the year, the Certified Financial Planner Board announced Tuesday. Although Ms. Blayney plans to retire, she doesn't...

What really deters women from staying in the financial advice profession

November 20, 2017

Over the past few years I've had the pleasure of speaking at a few universities that boast some of the top certified financial planner programs in the country. What always surprises me is that the room is usually split pretty evenly among men...

Adviser recruiting may need new tack for women

November 20, 2017

Independent registered investment advisers may need to rethink how they are recruiting female advisers if they expect to continue growing over the long term. In "2016 U.S. Advisor Metrics," Cerulli Associates reported that women make up 16%...

One place where the women wealth equation doesn't add up

November 20, 2017

The power of the purse is enormous and growing. Women control nearly 60% of the wealth in the United States, represent nearly half of American millionaires and are expected to control two-thirds of the nation's wealth by 2030. The only part...

CFP Board makes changes to proposed code of ethics, will seek more comments

November 15, 2017

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has made changes to a revised code of ethics and standards for CFPs and will seek further comments before finalizing them, the group's chairman said on Wednesday. Earlier this summer, the...

CFP Board publicly rebukes Camardas over use of 'fee-only' description

October 13, 2017

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. admonished two Florida planners for using a misleading description of their compensation, citing the 2013 incident that led to a court case that the organization won. In its latest announcement...

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