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CFP® Certificants in the News: What Do the New Standards of Conduct Mean When Disclosing Conflicts of Interest?

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

CFP® Certificants in the News True or False? A CFP® certificant is allowed to have a material conflict of interest with a client when providing financial advice. Answer. The statement is conditionally true. A certificant can have a conflict of interest with a client as long as the conflict is fully disclosed, the client agrees…

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Time-Weighted vs Dollar-Weighted Return

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Course: Investment Planning Lesson 14: Evaluating Portfolio Performance Student Question: For both the Treynor and Sharpe, part of the calculation involves using the average portfolio return (rp). In most examples, the average portfolio return is being given. However, if I need to calculate this in real life, do I use the dollar-weighted return (internal rate…

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Intrinsic Value of a Put

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Shares of DAGER Corp sell for $25 per share and a client holds a put for DAGER shares with an exercise price of $29. The premium for the put was $3. What is the intrinsic value of the put? $0 $1 $3 $4 CLICK TO REVEAL ANSWER Expand D is the answer. The intrinsic value…

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IRS GIVES WIN TO INVESTMENT ADVISORY FEES IN A NONQUALIFIED ANNUITY

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

Good to Know We will take a very short break from our Social Security blog series with late-breaking news – potentially good news for advisors who charge only investment advisory fees. First, we’ll frame the issue then present the potentially good news. But before we frame the issue, let’s unpack the word “nonqualified” as it…

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Recognizing Income – Cash Basis

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Course: Income Tax Planning Lesson 3: Accounting of Gross Income Student Question: The first example in “Recognizing Income” about not recognizing the check payment until it can actually be cashed seems contradictory to the CFP Board question below which states that income is included when a check is RECEIVED. Any clarification you can provide here? Thanks. Jay Coursework…

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Interest Rate Risk

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Which of the following correctly describes interest rate risk? Interest payments will have less purchasing power in the future. Bond prices decrease as interest rates increase. Interest payments may not be paid if the issuer goes bankrupt. The bond may be called because interest rates have decreased. CLICK TO REVEAL ANSWER Expand B is the…

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The Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty in CFP Board’s New Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct

By Bruce Starks, CPA, CFP®

CFP® Certificant in the News Here’s the big news for CFP® certificants: Effective October 1, 2019, a fiduciary duty is owed to clients in more circumstances than under the previous CFP Board requirements. Fiduciary duty is the very foundation upon which a great deal of the new Code and Standards rests. A CFP® certificant is…

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Maxing Out Defined Benefit Plans

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Course: Retirement Planning Lesson 8: Fitting Deferred Compensation into the Retirement Plan Student Question: Curious as to why the net result is $525,000.00 and not $500,000.00. Wouldn’t 100% of her current year compensation be $500,000.00? Is it just that the Board decided to max out the limits of the DBP and the NQEBP so that’s…

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Odd Lot Theory

By Dan Madden, CFP®

Which of the following tells the investor that the Odd Lot Theory indicates a bull market? The ratio of odd lot purchases to sales is constant. Odd lot sales exceed odd lot purchases. The ratio of odd lot purchases to sales reaches the resistance point. Odd lot purchases exceed odd lot sales. CLICK TO REVEAL…

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