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Why Do Credentials Matter in Financial Planning?

Financial designations, like CFP® and CFA, are not required in order to claim a title of financial planner or adviser.  A lack of designation indicates no requirements in experience, past or continuing education, certification exam, ethics, or enforcement of a code of conduct.  On the other hand, not all designations are alike in the extent of their requirements.  In choosing a financial adviser, it is crucial to understand his or her qualifications and certifications.  To learn more about the financial designations you might find in the financial services industry, FINRA offers an online research tool here.

Michael Dickerson, CFP®

The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation is a globally recognized and respected credential, known for its focus on comprehensive planning to address all major financial considerations.  The CFP Board oversees all education and certification requirements, and it maintains high standards with all of its certified professionals.  See what it takes to be a CFP® here.

Krisnakant Patel, CFA

When it comes to investment management, the CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST® designation is most prestigious.  The CFA Institute's coursework is highly disciplined, and their tri-level certification exam is regarded as one of the most difficult professional exams to pass.  A charterholder's expertise in analysis—from investment performance to historical and current market trends—brings valuable insight to comprehensive financial planning.  Find investor resources from the CFA Institute here.

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