Category Archives: Regulatory Standards for Financial Planners

Coalition Research Featured in Investment News, Think Advisor, Financial Advisor

The Financial Planning Coalition’s research on the current insufficient regulatory standards for financial planners was featured in reports by Mark Schoeff at Investment News, Emily Zulz at Think Advisor, and Karen DeMasters at Financial Advisor.  Click through to read more.

Financial planning clients not getting what they pay for: study
Investment News
October 20, 2014
By Mark Schoeff Jr.

Third of Clients Say They Didn’t Get Adequate Financial Planning Services
Think Advisor
October 20, 2014
By Emily Zulz

Financial Planning Profession Needs More Regulation, Group Says
Financial Advisor
October 20, 2014
By Karen DeMasters

Chicago Tribune: Know your options before investing in an adviser

In the Chicago Tribune, Gail Marks Jarvis stresses the need for investors to ensure that their financial planner is held to ethical standards and provides financial planning services pursuant to a fiduciary standard of care.

Excerpt: It’s a typical reaction: You don’t think you have the slightest idea how to invest your money for your future, so you figure you’ll go to an expert and get it right.

The trouble is that the investment business is full of conflicts of interest. And naive individuals, who go blindly for help, often end up getting dinged in the process. The more you need help, the more chance you will get taken.

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U.S. News & World Report: When Salespeople Call Themselves Advisors

Jim Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform discusses the challenges investors face when working with advisors who do not have investors’ best interests in mind, often recommending investments that will generate more money for themselves.

Excerpt: Saving for retirement is extra-hard these days, and not just because wages are low and millions of Americans are still struggling to make up for ground lost after the 2008 financial crisis. All too often, the difficulty is compounded by gaps in the rules for the financial professionals who provide retirement-planning advice.

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MarketWatch: Is your adviser working in your best interests?

Lisa Hay, CPA, president and founder of Ascend Financial, LLC, shares the benefits of fiduciary financial advice and the most accurate way to tell if the adviser you are considering is acting in your best interest.

Excerpt: Many consumers are beginning to realize the benefit of fee-only fiduciary financial advice, but they don’t know how to tell if the adviser they are considering is actually fee-only. If you are smart enough to realize that working with a fiduciary is very important, and that how your adviser is compensated matters, read on.

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U.S. News & World Report: 4 Ways to Tell If Your Financial Advisor Is Scamming You

Trent Hamm, founder of TheSimpleDollar.com, shares simple steps to distinguish advisers who make your best interest a priority when it comes to planning your financial future.

Excerpt: Most financial advisors provide solid money advice that will help you achieve your goals. They sincerely want you to succeed, make genuine efforts to understand your financial situation and do their best to devise an investing plan for you.

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The Scholarly Financial Planner: Observations: Transforming the Firm from a Sales Culture to a Fiduciary Culture

Ron Rhoades of The Scholarly Financial Planner discusses the signs of an implemented fiduciary culture throughout a firm.

Excerpt: Twice a semester I take a group of students in a 15-passenger van on visits to local financial services firms. My financial planning program (undergraduate) students benefit from exposure to different practice models, learn about “day-in-the-life” of a financial advisor, and some even make connections leading to future internships or jobs. They obtain a real picture of the environments they may join, and upon their return most become more committed to their studies and to joining this emerging profession.

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