CFP® Certificants in the News You’ve heard it said that “you must be present to win.” That expression was never truer than in passing the CFP Board Exam. However, you no longer have to be present in person at a testing center to take the exam. On July 16, CFP Board issued a press release…

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CFP® Board Updates On July 16th, the CFP Board announced an update to arrangements for the September 2020 examination. For candidates who would need to travel more than 50 miles or have a health concern, so long as they can meet minimum technology requirements, a remote proctoring option will be available. This is in response…

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Good to Know Custodial accounts are popular because they are easy to establish. A bank or brokerage firm can help your client fill out a simple form and have the account established almost immediately. Clients are also attracted to the contribution limits – there are no limits! Before going farther, let us set a quick…

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CFP® Board Updates “The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning (the Center) announced … [on June 29, 2020] a new scholarship in partnership with Facet Wealth, Inc., to advance diversity and inclusion in the financial planning profession. The Facet Wealth Scholarship for Increased Diversity in Financial Planning will support African American/Black candidates seeking to become…

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Good to Know Incapacity planning may be on the minds of many Americans as COVID-19 continues to threaten our health. The Durable Power of Attorney was discussed as an incapacity planning tool in our most recent blog. While this tool is generally effective, it is not unusual for banks and other financial institutions to question…

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CFP® Certificants in the News The annual rate of public discipline against CFP® Certificants is estimated at less than two tenths of one percent. Yet, even the best of professions needs ethical enforcement. For example, CFP Board published a notice of public discipline against 13 Certificants on June 3, 2020. We will not repeat the…

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Good to Know The same incapacity management techniques that address mental illness issues can also be effective when your client is temporarily incapacitated due to physical illnesses such as COVID-19. Here is a quick review of these documents and how they work. Power of Attorney (POA) This legal document empowers another person to act on…

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CFP® Board Updates On May 29, 2020, the CFP Board announced the adoption of new Procedural Rules for the enforcement of the ethical and practical standards for CFP® Professionals. These new procedural rules become effective on June 30, 2020, when the CFP Board begins enforcement of the new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct…

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Good to Know What do you think of first when someone says, “victim of COVID-19?” Most of us think of medically vulnerable fellow citizens or business failures. But what about Social Security’s health? Before answering that question, let’s recognize a few fundamental forces behind Social Security’s financial challenges: Social Security become law in 1935 and,…

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CFP Board Exam FAQs The questions surrounding CFP Board’s response to COVID-19 number in the dozens if not hundreds.  In this blog, we’ll identify key FAQs on the subject. Is there an additional fee to register for the September Exam? Candidates who were registered to take the exam in July will be able to reschedule…

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