By Michael Kitces, CFP
It has long been a criticism of financial planning that it is focused too far up the wealth scale. Financial planning firms in the US at best only start serving the “mass affluent” (typically defined as $100,000 to $1 million in investment assets), and the elite independent firms often have minimums of one or several million dollars.
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By Dennis Lau, IFPHK CEO
The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK) is proud to host the upcoming Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) meeting at The Langham Hong Kong from 22-26 April. The IFPHK and FPSB have committed to putting together a conference week based on past success and the best Hong Kong has to offer to ensure we have a great and productive few days together. This year, much of the focus of discussion will be on growing the financial planning profession around the world.
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by Mark DiGiovanni, CFP
I grew up in New York State, but I’ve lived my entire adult life in Georgia. As a result, I’ve heard a lot about the American Civil War over the years. One of the most iconic symbols of the American Civil War is the Confederate Battle Flag, familiar to anyone who ever saw an episode of “The Dukes of Hazzard”.
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By Noel Maye, FPSB CEO
During the first week of March, I joined FPSB’s Examinations Working Group, FPSB’s Experience & Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Working Group and the FPSB Standards Committee in Dubai, UAE. Altogether, we had 16 CFP professionals, academics and association leaders, put forward by FPSB member organizations, who worked for three days to present recommendations to the FPSB Standards Committee on education and assessment standards, and guidance for evaluating and promoting a meaningful global experience and CPD standard for CFP certification.
Continue reading FPSB CEO Update: “The discussion needs to be planner AND adviser.”
Sydney, 20 March 2013: The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has welcomed the government’s introduction of the legislation for enshrining the term “Financial Planner/ Adviser” into law today in Australia.
By Mark Rantall, CEO of FPA
This is a historic day for financial planning and for all Australians. The FPA has long called for ‘truth in labelling’ for the protection of consumers. The tabling of the legislation from the government responds to those calls. We welcome the introduction of the legislation and thank Minister Shorten for honouring his commitment.
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By Dan Candura, CFP
One of the newest countries to offer CFP certification is the Republic of Ireland. During a recent visit to the Emerald Isle I got to sit down with Paul Grimes the CEO of the Financial Planning Standards Board of Ireland to talk about financial planning and the growth of the profession in this island nation of 4.5 million people.
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By Michael Kitces, CFP
Nearly 25 years ago, financial planning luminary P. Kemp Fain put forth a rallying cry for the financial planning profession with the famous “One Profession, One Designation” refrain, suggesting that the CFP certification become the one true designation for determining whether someone was a financial planning professional and that financial planning couldn’t become a profession until it had a standard entry point.
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