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What kind of education or training does it take to become a financial adviser?
My hubby is a portfolio advisor, so basically he manages money for people who have way more than us. He has a BA and then got his type 63 & Series 7 certificates - I think the 7 is for trading though. The 63 is all about the laws - Basically is is more about finding a company that will hire you and then put you through the training. You have to be sponsored by a company to keep up the certificates.
kthix10 hits the nail on the head below for the basics. Becoming a CFP, Certified Financial Planner, requires different levels of training and certification depending on where you are on the planet. But that still is only part of the answer.
Genuine interest in performance and an understanding of 1. the clients needs and 2. the market and how it works are what grounds the greatest performers.
People hire people to handle there money for a few different reasons. Sometimes they don't trust themselves with the money and somehow feel that someone else can be trusted more than themselves. Sometimes it is because they know the other guy/gal MUST know more about money than they do, or sometimes they are just either bored with or not interested in learning about what makes that kind of thing work.
Whatever the motivation, trust, honesty and integrity are key to being the person who should succeed for all concerned.
After perusing my current portfolio, it appears the completion of kindergarten is sufficient!
It depends on whether you want to be a sales person or a financial planner. If you work for a brokerage firm you'll be sponsered to take the Series 7,63 or 66 and potentially other licenses. These however have NOTHING to do with REAL advice or financial planning. They are basically exams that cover what you are or aren't allowed to do.
If you're serious about working as a true financial planner you'll pursue the CFP designation. There is an alphabet soup of profesional designations in the field. Only three hold any status within the field. For a Financial Planner working with clients it's the CFP or the ChFC. Both are basically the same course work. ChFC is more common for people originating in the insurance industry and does not require the 10 hour final exam. If your goal is to work more on the portfolio analysis side then pursue the CFA. All require at least a Bachelors degree before you can use the designation as well as a certain number of years of industry experience.
One big differnce with the CFP for example is that it is a designation not a license and requires that you abide by a fiduciary oath on behalf of the clients. As a comparison I can tell you that the series 7 was about 1/20th the course work of the CFP.
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