Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018 – The Financial Planning Coalition – comprising Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) – issued the following statement in advance of today’s Louisiana State Legislature hearing on House Bill 748:
“The Financial Planning Coalition strongly opposes House Bill 748, as it is currently written, which would severely restrict consumer access to ethical and competent financial planning services from Certified Financial Planner professionals. There are 586 CFP® professionals in the State of Louisiana serving tens of thousands of clients. If this legislation becomes law, these and other consumers would be the ones most adversely impacted. Unlike other financial services designations and certifications, the CFP® certification is the only one that carries a robust enforcement function, requires a comprehensive exam and demands that those holding the certification agree to put their clients’ interests above their own.
While we certainly understand the intent of the broader legislation as written, we believe it will result in less protections for Louisiana investors and savers. We respectfully ask that the legislation be revised so that CFP® professionals can continue to use their CFP® certification in the way intended, which is to demonstrate to the public that they have met the highest standard in ethics and competency in financial planning. If those revisions are not made, we urge lawmakers to oppose the legislation.”