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10909 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 101
Milwaukee, WI 53214

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414-282-4000

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Why Choose A CFP®

 

Nick Ignatowski & Mike Taylor are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ PROFESSIONALS 

  

 

 

 

CFP® certification is recognized as the highest standard in personal financial planning.  As a CFP® Nick and Mike must follow a strict code of ethics.  As the customer you shouldn't settle for anything less than a true professional. 

 CFP® Code Of Ethics

 

 

  • Integrity    
    Trust is central to a successful financial planning relationship. You rely on your planner's honesty, professionalism and abilities to achieve your goals. When you know your planner takes his professional obligations seriously and places principles over personal gain, you can form a good working partnership. CFP Board's strict Standards of Professional Conduct are designed to ensure your CFP® professional acts in a professionally responsible manner.
  • Objective Advice
    Your needs will be at the heart of all your planner's recommendations. A CFP® professional has an ethical obligation to act in your best interest when she provides financial planning advice. Your planner will use her experience and judgment to carefully consider your situation, and then give you advice that best meets your goals. Sometimes this objectivity may require your planner to explain that your goals are unrealistic given your current resources and financial commitments.
  • Competence
    CFP® professionals have demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge to offer financial planning advice. The CFP® certification provides confidence that your financial planner has completed rigorous education and experience requirements — including continuing education coursework—designed to ensure competence in financial planning.
  • Fair Treatment
    Fair treatment means your CFP® professional will clearly state what services will be provided and at what cost. Your planner will also explain the risks associated with all financial recommendations, along with any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Privacy
    To get the best results from your financial planning relationship, you need to divulge relevant personal and financial information to your financial planner on a regular basis. Your CFP® professional will keep this information in confidence, only sharing it to conduct business on your behalf, at your consent or when ordered to do so by a court of law.
  • Professionalism
    Your CFP® professional will not provide investment advice or stock brokerage services unless he is properly qualified and licensed to do so, as required by state or federal law. If your situation requires expertise which your CFP® professional does not possess, he should suggest other professionals who may assist you.
  • Diligence
    Before engaging you as a client, your CFP® professional will discuss your goals and objectives and explain what you can expect from the relationship. Once your planner has determined that she (or her staff or network of related professionals) can assist you, the planner will make recommendations suitable for you. A diligent planner will reasonably investigate the products or services she recommends and closely supervise any staff working with you.

CFP® Requirments

The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® and federally registered CFP (with flame design) marks (collectively, the “CFP® marks”) are professional certification marks granted in the United States by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”).

The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold CFP® certification. It is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries for its (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients. Currently, more than 71,000 individuals have obtained CFP® certification in the United States.

To attain the right to use the CFP® marks, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:

  • Education: Complete an advanced college-level course of study addressing the financial planning subject areas that CFP Boards studies have determined as necessary for the competent and professional delivery of financial planning services, and attain a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university (or its equivalent from a foreign university). CFP Boards financial planning subject areas include insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.
  • Examination: Pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Examination. The examination includes case studies and client scenarios designed to test ones ability to correctly diagnose financial planning issues and apply ones knowledge of financial planning to real world circumstances.
  • Experience: Complete at least three years of full-time financial planning-related experience (or the equivalent, measured as 2,000 hours per year).
  • Ethics: Agree to be bound by CFP Boards Standards of Professional Conduct, a set of documents outlining the ethical and practice standards for CFP® professionals.

Individuals who become certified must complete the following ongoing education and ethics requirements in order to maintain the right to continue to use the CFP® marks:

  • Continuing Education: Complete 30 hours of continuing education hours every two years, including two hours on the Code of Ethics and other parts of the Standards of Professional Conduct, to maintain competence and keep up with developments in the financial planning field.
  • Ethics: Renew an agreement to be bound by the Standards of Professional Conduct. The Standards prominently require that CFP® professionals provide financial planning services at a fiduciary standard of care. This means CFP® professionals must provide financial planning services in the best interests of their clients.

CFP® professionals who fail to comply with the above standards and requirements may be subject to CFP Boards enforcement process, which could result in suspension or permanent revocation of their CFP® certification.

 

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