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CFP Board defends its enforcement program

August 12, 2019

CFP Board is at the forefront of advancing the financial planning profession with its certified financial planner certification and its enforcement program. However, recent articles from The Wall Street Journal have presented an unfair and incomplete...

CFP Board's effort to strengthen enforcement could sharpen teeth of fiduciary duty

July 31, 2019

The CFP Board recently delayed enforcement of the elevated advice requirement for its designation until next June. It can use the extra time to bolster its ability to give the new standard sharper teeth. Under the new rule, the approximately...

CFP Board checks certificants against Finra, SEC databases in wake of WSJ analysis

July 30, 2019

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. on Tues., July 30. The CFP Board will no longer rely on mark holders to reveal their disciplinary histories but instead check regulatory databases itself, the organization said in response to a Wall Street...

CFP Board omits thousands of regulatory, criminal problems of its certificants on consumer site: WSJ

July 29, 2019

A website maintained by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to help investors find a CFP fails to list regulatory and criminal misconduct and customer complaints for thousands of its credential holders, according to a Wall...

Why a culture of compliance is critical

July 19, 2019

The financial industry's reputation was hit broadside by the financial crisis, eroding trust and opening the door for new industry players offering transparency, convenient service models and lower fees. We remain in a general environment of...

CFP Board postpones enforcement of its revised fiduciary standard

July 16, 2019

Bowing to pressure from the broad financial advice industry as well as individual advisers, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. said Tuesday morning that it will delay the enforcement of its expanded fiduciary standard for...

CFP Board to announce possible delay of new fiduciary standard

July 12, 2019

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. will announce by next week whether it intends to delay enforcing an expanded fiduciary standard for financial advisers who hold the group's CFP mark. During a webinar Friday afternoon,...

CFP Board may make decision this week on delaying enforcement of fiduciary standard

July 11, 2019

The board of directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is meeting in Maine this week, and may decide to delay enforcing an expanded fiduciary standard for financial advisers who hold the group's CFP mark. Approved...

Financial industry group asks CFP Board to back off if reps comply with Reg BI

July 2, 2019

A trade association representing regional financial services companies is asking the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to back down on enforcing the fiduciary duty associated with the credential if financial advisers are adhering...

Forget the SEC advice rule — broker-dealers more concerned with CFP Board expanded fiduciary standard ​

June 7, 2019

Lawyers across the brokerage industry are busily reading and digesting the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reforms approved this week. But some firms are also gearing up for more changes promulgated by the organization...

Historical timeline of the SEC advice rule

June 3, 2019

June 1, 2017 SEC seeks comments on conduct standards Less than a month after Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton is sworn in, the agency releases a request for comment on conduct standards for brokers and investment advisers....

CFP Board's women mentoring program falls short of some expectations

April 11, 2019

When it comes to increasing the ranks of women in the financial planning industry beyond the current level of 15% of all advisers, mentoring has often been viewed as a logical step in the right direction. Unfortunately, as some organizations...

Meet our new retirement columnist

March 20, 2019

Most nights I go to bed thinking about retirement planning. Sometimes I dream about retirement planning. And typically, I wake up thinking about retirement planning. To be honest, I have become a bit obsessed with personal financial planning...

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, strategies are better than intentions

March 16, 2019

As the investment management and financial advisory industry seeks to attract and retain a more diverse mix of talent, a consensus has emerged on the importance of early engagement, pipeline building, mentoring and development of contemporary...

Envestnet MoneyGuide deal will have a massive impact on the advice industry

March 15, 2019

Do you remember in 1998, when we got not one, but two movies about asteroids colliding with Earth? Both "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" featured computer-generated scenes of space rocks hitting the planet, causing varying degrees of destruction....

Women to Watch: Karen Schaeffer, Rachel Moran honored at fourth annual luncheon

March 14, 2019

InvestmentNews honored 22 women for their outstanding work in the financial advice industry on Thursday at the fourth annual Women to Watch luncheon. Every woman recognized has made a lasting impact on the industry. They are not only distinguished...

Advisers can beat out firms like Fidelity with this marketing approach

March 8, 2019

Independent advisers may not have the budgets to match what a company like Fidelity Investments can spend on advertising, but they can take advantage of what may be an even more effective tool for generating business leads for them — using...

How to recruit and retain a diverse workforce

February 23, 2019

Diversity in the workplace has proven to be valuable and even essential across industries, however, women, minorities, people with disabilities and other key groups are notably lacking in financial services. In fact, according to some reports,...

How to choose good tech, rather than costly and complex tech

February 21, 2019

Your success as an independent adviser depends on a unique blend of financial expertise, relationship management and business acumen. Good technology can enhance each of those skills, but as we all know, the best offerings can be expensive....

Again, SIFMA spent most money in financial services industry lobbying lawmakers

February 21, 2019

SIFMA, the trade association representing major brokerage firms, spent more money lobbying lawmakers last year than Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Investments, Vanguard Group and other top financial services firms. The Securities Industry and Financial...

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