CFP® Board Updates On May 4, the CFP Board announced the July 2020 CFP Board Exam has been postponed to September. This was in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The new pertinent dates are: Examination Period: September 22-29, 2020 Registration Opens: Already in Progress Registration Deadline: September 8, 2020 Early Bird Discount ($725 rate)…

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CFP® Board Updates On June 30, 2020, the CFP Board will begin enforcement of the new Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. This will coincide with the expected begin date of the new Procedural Rules. For those who are not familiar, the Procedural Rules replace the current Disciplinary Rules and Procedures and the Appeal…

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CFP Board Updates On March 2, 2020, the CFP Board notified all professionals that the compensation search function had been removed from the “Find Your CFP® Professional” tool on the letsmakeaplan.org website. The key decision point, according to the CFP Board, was that based on the new Code and Standards, all CFP® professionals are expected…

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CFP® Board Updates The CFP Board has named D.A. Abrams, CAE as the new Managing Director of the Center for Financial Planning. In this role, Mr. Abrams will provide leadership and vision to the Center as it continues its focus on diversity, inclusion, and sustainability of the financial planning profession. The CFP Board Center for…

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CFP Board Updates The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning will be hosting its second annual Diversity Summit on November 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the summit is to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the financial planning profession. Last year, over 300 thought leaders attended the inaugural summit. The agenda…

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On June 5, 2019, The Securities and Exchange commission adopted the Regulation Best Interest Rule, along with other rulemakings and interpretations.  These actions were designed to enhance the quality and transparency retail investors’ relationships with advisors.  Concurrently, the CFP Board has made changes to the CFP Board Code of Ethics and Standards, which become effective…

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Four Surprises to be Aware Of: Psychological Warfare First 10 questions of the 1st exam session were complex to very complex calculations At least one had NO correct answer! Forewarned is forearmed Calculator proficiency is becoming important once again Disproportionate Practice Standards Testing Concepts versus minutiae Extreme focus in one topical area

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Those taking the July CFP® exam are well-served by understanding the new Medicare taxes. The 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income and the .9% Medicare tax on wages and self-employment income are likely to be tested on the July Exam. The good news is that the Board is expected to provide the adjusted gross income…

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The CFP® Exam continues to evolve from the topic-based rubric of the past. Prior exams were built from a pre-set mix of questions from Fundamentals, Risk Management, Investments, Income Tax, Retirement, and Estate Planning. The CFP® Exam now focuses on eight “Job Task Domains.” Six domains mirror the six steps in the financial planning process while Communications…

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