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Alternative investing education grows in stride with fast-growing liquid alts space

April 2, 2015

At the one-year mark, the online course focusing on the basics of alternative investing is migrating across the financial advice industry, according to the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Chartered Alternative Investment...

Goodbye wealth management, hello financial life management

March 10, 2015

Remember when the financial world was really simple? Not that long ago there were brokerage firms, banks, insurance companies and independent financial planners with clearly defined roles and descriptions. How the world has changed. Last year...

Why all investment advisers should join forces to promote the profession

March 1, 2015

Having walked out the door of the Investment Adviser Association last month, I have two parting words for all investment advisory professionals: Get involved! If I have learned one thing during the past 18 years working at IAA, it's that the...

The latest CFA test scores send 56% back to square one

January 28, 2015

While some New Yorkers were shoveling out on Tuesday, a lot of Wall Street-wannabees were sweating over the results of the December CFA tests, which showed that only 44% of test takers passed. Cheer up, less than 20% of candidates pass all three...

Ohio State's Cardale Jones: 'No' to the NFL, 'yes' to financial planning

January 16, 2015

Cardale Jones shocked college football fans this week by leading Ohio State University to the College Football Playoff National Championship after the team's first- and second-string quarterbacks were injured. He confounded expectations again...

CFP Board hires new general counsel to oversee ethics, designation enforcement

January 6, 2015

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. said Tuesday it hired its lead counsel in compensation-description litigation as its first general counsel. Leo G. Rydzewski, a former partner in the Washington office of the law firm Holland...

CFP Board eases restrictions on use of mark

December 30, 2014

The CFP Board of Standards Inc. has approved two changes in the way professionals can achieve the certified financial planner designation. Both modifications will make it easier for certain individuals to attain the mark. First, for planning...

CFP Board head of enforcement leaves in midst of compensation-definition disputes

December 19, 2014

The head of the legal and enforcement arm of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. has left the organization while it is embroiled in disputes over compensation descriptions for its mark holders, raising questions about its...

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...

Don't underestimate the potential impact of Tony Robbins on the financial advice arena

November 30, 2014

If your impression of Tony Robbins is a huckster on late-night infomercials, I think you're in for a pleasant surprise. His recent barnstorming across the financial services industry has left many people wondering whether he has the sincerity...

Kahler and CFP Board reach agreement on fee-only status

November 26, 2014

After giving his interest in a family real estate firm to another family member, a well-known South Dakota financial planner can again call himself a fee-only adviser under the rules of the organization that grants the certified financial planner...

FPA, CFP Board deny urge to merge

October 31, 2014

Officials of the Financial Planning Association said that they do stand up to the organization that grants the certified financial planner designation and dismissed the idea of a merger, in response to criticism from a vocal investment adviser....

Revenue deflated in recent years, FPA says it's now on a growth trajectory

September 22, 2014

Despite slumping revenue and flat membership ranks, leaders of the Financial Planning Association can still deliver on their mission to advocate for a growing profession, the group's leadership said Sunday at its annual conference in Seattle....

Chairman White's political will may determine fiduciary-duty outcome

September 5, 2014

Like everything else in Washington, the outcome of the debate over whether to raise investment advice standards for brokers will come down to politics — or, more precisely, political will. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo...

How to assess your business from six critical angles

September 4, 2014

Assessing your business is a mandatory analysis you must make to achieve success. The assessment needs to address where you are today, where you want to be at some point in the not-too-distant future (perhaps three years) and the gaps between...

CFP Board: Talking tough but acting soft

August 10, 2014

Slowly, but surely, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is backing itself into a corner. In its bid to assert a higher moral authority over the financial advice industry by requiring that its more than 70,000 certificants...

Why more graduates aren't sitting for the CFP mark

August 8, 2014

The CFP Board of Standards Inc. is digging around to try and figure out why many financial planning program graduates don't go on to attain the certified financial planner mark. Early results are telling. A recent study showed that 69%, or 351...

CFP Board tightens grip on who can use 'candidate' designation

August 8, 2014

The organization that grants the certified financial planner credential is restricting the way people trying to obtain the mark can describe themselves. V. Raymond Ferrara, chairman of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.,...

CFP Board holds fire on apparent fee-only violation

July 29, 2014

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. is holding off on sanctioning a planner for identifying himself as a fee-only adviser even though he appears to violate the organization's compensation description rules. Rick Kahler, president...

CFP and ChFC in different leagues, CFP Board says

July 17, 2014

The certified financial planner mark should not be compared to adviser designations like the chartered financial consultant because the latter does not include a code of ethics nor a comprehensive exam, the board that awards the CFP said. Joe...

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