Certified Financial Planner (CFP) – An experienced financial planner who has completed courses of study and passed examinations in areas such as insurance, securities and taxes. Additionally, CFP’s are required to disclose ethical standing and comply with the CFP Board Code of Ethics. The designation is awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.
Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) – The Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation represents a thorough knowledge of and ability to apply the fiduciary Practices.
Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) – This accreditation acknowledges experience and specialization in estate planning.
Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) – A person who, for compensation, engages in the business of advising others as to the value of securities or the advisability of purchasing or selling securities. RIAs are required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Form ADV – The uniform form for use by investment advisors to register and update registrations with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the jurisdictions that require advisors to register. The form is also used to comply with SEC Rule 206(4)-4, which obligates investment advisors to disclose relevant financial and disciplinary information to clients.
Professional Investment Manager – A person who, for a fee, offers professional advice on the development of an investment plan and buys and sells securities on behalf of the customer to implement that plan. A professional investment manager may hold qualifications such as Certified Financial Planner, Registered Investment Adviser and/or Registered Broker.
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