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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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

New CFP Board ads feature lesbian couple

February 11, 2019

Television ads launched Monday by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. feature a lesbian couple, a move intended to promote CFPs to the gay community. The ad titled "Jen and Maya" centers on a same-sex couple that owns a business...

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...

It's time for transparency at the CFP Board

December 7, 2014

In making peace with Rick Kahler, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. may have quieted one outspoken critic but fired up other planners who were quick to accuse the board of playing favorites. In this case, the planners are...

The CFP Board is right on ethics

May 1, 2011

Reactions to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.'s new requirements for ethics continuing-education programs have been mixed. Although there has been nearly universal acknowledgement of the need for change to make ethics...

CFP Board CEO quits

July 21, 2003

Nearly two years after leaving the private sector to lead the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., Louis Garday is returning to his roots. Mr. Garday, who some say was frustrated over the limitations placed on running a non-profit...

CFP Board to undergo review of standards

December 16, 2015

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is conducting a review of its standards of professional conduct, and has formed a commission to perform the evaluation and recommend any changes it deems necessary, the organization announced...

CFP Board details sanctions

January 27, 2003

Eleven CFPs and an applicant were the targets of disciplinary actions in 2002 and late 2001 by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Seven individuals permanently lost the right to use the CFP mark, two received one-year license...

CFP Board encrypting digital certificates with blockchain technology

August 21, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. will roll out digital certificates later this year that use blockchain technology to verify financial advisers, according to a newsletter from the group. According to the note from Kevin...

CFP Board reports rise in number of certified financial planners, to 83,106

January 15, 2019

The number of certified financial planners rose to an all-time high of 83,106 in 2018, and the universe of mark holders also became a little more diverse, according to the organization that grants the designation. In statistics released Tuesday,...

CFP Board fights restrictive state licensing requirements

May 9, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is fighting efforts at the state level to impose professional licensing requirements that would curb the use of its designation. On Wednesday, the CFP Board achieved initial success when...

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