BENEFITS OF BECOMING A CFP® PROFESSIONAL

CFP® Certificants in the News Successfully passing the CFP Board exam and meeting the other certification requirements is cause for celebration, especially for intrepid career changers. Certification in hand, the next challenge for many is building a career. CFP Board recognizes this challenge and offers a starting point. According to CFP Board’s resource entitled WHY…

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Guide to Careers in Financial Planning

CFP® Certificants in the News CFP Board’s CENTER FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING publishes an intriguing series of insights into career paths for the new certificant, career changer, and even experienced certificants. These insights can be found in the GUIDE TO CAREERS IN FINANCIAL PLANNING. The GUIDE identifies over six career paths, helps clarify the types of…

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CFP Board Imposes Public Sanctions On 22 Individuals

CFP® Certificants in the News This blog’s title confirms that it’s not always good to have one’s name in the news. According to CFP Board’s November 22, 2021 release, “Certified Financial Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) announced today public sanctions against 22 current or former CFP® professionals or candidates for CFP® certification, effective immediately…

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HOW TO REDUCE CYBER RISKS IN CLIENT ACCOUNTS

CFP® Certificants in the News CFP Board’s recent background and disclosure review project resulted in a higher-than-expected number of reviews, investigations, and disciplinary actions taken against CFP® certificants. Solely in the author’s opinion, the scope and depth of the disclosure violations, when coupled with the CFP Board’s strategic goal of utmost public trust, may have…

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UNHOLY TRILOGY: COVID, REMOTE WORK, and CYBERCRIME

CFP® Certificants in the News “There are only two kinds of financial planning firms: those that have faced a cyberattack and those that will.”  Consulting Firm PwC Business is booming for cybercriminals.  The confluence of COVID and remote working has more than doubled cyberattacks against financial firms.  Moreover, the increased number of attacks is far…

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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace—CFP Board’s Proposed Nondisclosure Sanctions

CFP® Certificants in the News CFP Board’s recent background and disclosure review project resulted in a higher-than-expected number of reviews, investigations, and disciplinary actions taken against CFP® certificants. Solely in the author’s opinion, the scope and depth of the disclosure violations, when coupled with the CFP Board’s strategic goal of utmost public trust, may have…

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CFP Board Discipline—Learning from Others’ Mistakes

CFP® Certificants in the News This blog will emphasize recent CFP Board disciplinary trends and the avoidable mistakes made by certificants and candidates1 that can lead to unnecessarily severe discipline. Data for this blog is taken from a CFP Board News Release dated June 30, 2021, in which forty disciplinary actions were published. The topics…

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Cryptocurrency, Financial Planners/Advisors, and Client Expectations

CFP® Certificants in the News Cryptocurrency was considered a highly speculative, if not a suspiciously bizarre novelty, when Bitcoin was introduced anonymously in 2009. Fast forward to today – Cryptocurrency and other digital assets have skyrocketed in popularity. For example, Bitcoin holdings alone in 2021 are estimated at over one trillion dollars, and the federal…

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CFP Board of Directors Positions Open

CFP® Certificants in the News Here is your chance to add your client-facing, practical financial planning perspective to CFP Board’s governing body in 2022. The following excerpt was taken from the CFP BOARD REPORT published on May 20, 2021. “CFP Board is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on CFP Board’s Board of…

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ALERT for CFP® Candidates – Add Points to Your Score

CFP® Certificants in the News Those planning to take the CFP® Exam must be aware of how recent changes to the exam structure could affect your score. We will identify the exam change and the takeaway that could add points to your score. The Exam Change The CFP® Exam was traditionally structured as a 170-question,…

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