By Sunho Kim, CFP
A financial plan is the main outcome of a CFP professional‘s services. CFP professionals pay attention to the financial plan’s quality and quantity, to ensure their value is recognized by the client.Some plans end up being the size of a small book, having tables, figures, statistics, references, and appendices in them.
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By Steve Helmich
All of you know and hopefully love the 6 stage advice process. It’s what financial planning is built on – the foundation of great advice. It is familiar, reliable and structured – as a planner you can manage your time and your business because you know where you stand. But what about your clients?
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By Almo Lubowski, CFP
Many believe that in order to be a professional financial planner, one needs to shift towards a fee-based model within one’s practice, with a clear distinction between the provision of financial advice and the sale of products being drawn. Perhaps the word “fee” is also a bit deceptive in the financial planning profession; some say that the term “advisor charging” is more appropriate.
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By Dan Candura, CFP
In the US, financial planning grew out of an interest in needs-based selling in the insurance and investment industries. Agents and advisors discovered that by focusing on the needs of the customers, they sold more … and the business they were in, stayed on the books longer. This increase in both production and persistency, was a powerful profit generator that was noticed by management.
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By Sunho Kim, CFP
The FPA and Ameriprise Financial conducted a survey of 3,022 people, in 2008, comparing the satisfaction of consumers who had received comprehensive financial planning or scaled advice. The survey focused on the way clients felt after working with a financial planner and asked questions about their peace of mind, their financial ability to achieve their life dreams and goals, and their readiness for retirement.
Continue reading Comprehensive Planning Versus Focused Advice: It’s Not the Financial Planner’s Choice
By Nick Cann, CFP
It is becoming clear in the UK that it is impossible to deliver comprehensive financial planning to all consumer segments, even if the individuals concerned really want it. The weight of regulatory reform, plus a move to fees, has meant that to do the job properly, the client has to be happy to pay the appropriate fee or have sufficient assets or wealth to cover the ongoing cost of advice.
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By Taylor Liao, CFP
2011, for financial planners, was just like riding a roller coaster. Through the long-lasting 2008 collapse of the Lehman Brothers financial crisis, it seemed as though the economy would get better towards the second half of 2011. Unfortunately, then came the euro-zone debt crisis and all things were back to square one. Most of the clients were worried about the revenue of their investments.
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By Joel Redmond, CFP
As 2012 comes upon us, one of the things we realize is that the United States government has a financial New Year’s resolution of its own to make: getting its financial house in order. We hear so many reports on the adverse financial position of the United States that we get a little numbed by them. The US…
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