In a move that has bewildered many CFPs, the CFP Board of Standards just took a giant step backward in transparency. It chose to no longer inform consumers searching for a CFP of advisors’ compensation models.
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It’s hard to believe one month ago the Dow Jones average hit a high of 29,551.42. Since then, we’ve experienced a US stock market meltdown and volatility similar to that of 2008. So far, many investors are taking the stock market drop in stride. I think there are four reasons.
“Make sure your advisor is happy.” This statement came from a well-respected, nationally known investment advisor with 20 years of experience. He could have said to be sure your advisor is a fiduciary with no conflict of interest, is competent, or has impeccable integrity. Why “happy”?
I have long recommended that consumers look for a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) certificant when shopping for a financial planner. But don’t stop there. A CFP is no guarantee that someone is a competent, ethical, fiduciary professional. It only ensures that you are choosing from a pool of 85,000 financial services providers who are educated […]
Stress is what happens when something you care about is at stake. This definition comes from Susan Bradley, CFP, author of Sudden Money and a specialist in the financial aspect of life transitions. The stress around these transitions is a common reason that people seek out financial advice. We tend to be driven to consult […]