What are the various credentials for advisors?
Do you know the difference between a CFS® and a ChFC®? Do you want your advisor to be a CIC or CIMA? What does a CMT have to offer as opposed to a CLU®? Here are the nine most common financial professional designations to help you navigate the sea of professional designation acronyms.
Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist (CPA and PFS)
Financial planning including tax, estate, retirement and insurance and some niche areas like employee benefits and elder planning
Legal aspects of life insurance and the and assisting clients in estate planning, including various wills and trust arrangements
Wealth management professionals that meet an international standard for personal certification (ISO/IEC 17024:2012) and accreditation by American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Financial planning including insurance, income taxation, retirement planning, investments and estate planning
Mutual funds, ETF (Exchange Traded Fund), REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®)
Investment analysis and portfolio management
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Financial planning and competency in over 90 topics including stocks, bonds, taxes, insurance, retirement planning and estate planning
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