The Low-Down on Financial Advisor Credentials

Which one should I work with? Which designation is “better”? What are the qualifications to become one? How are they regulated?

Podcast Details:

Podcast Title:  The Low-Down on Financial Advisor Credentials
Podcast Series: Financial Literacy Boot Camp
Video and illustrations available on our YouTube channel here.

Powerpoint Slides

Questions/Issues We’ll Address on this Episode:

How many financial advisors are there?  (5:15)

Per the BLS there are 249,400 (in 2014) of “financial advisors”.

How many financial advisors are there?  (7:20)

Natural Questions….Which one should I work with? Which designation is “better”? What are the qualifications to become one? How are they regulated?

Top Down View on Advisors and their Specialty (8:15)
What is a CFP and what are the requirements? (9:35)
What is CFA and what are the requirements? (16:12)
What is CPA and what are the requirements? (20:35
Other designations (23:10)

Other Resources:

FINRA website for designation comparison
Episode 24 on Advisor Compensation
Episode 22 on What to Look for in an Advisor
5 Tips Before Hiring a Financial Advisor
10 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

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Dominique Henderson, CFP® is founder of DJH Capital Management, LLC., a fee-only, registered investment advisory firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning and wealth management.

 

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The Infamous 401(k) Rollover…The Why and The How

You leave a job and you have money in a 401(k) what should you do with it?

Podcast Details:

Podcast Title:   The Infamous 401(k) Rollover:  The Why and The How
Podcast Series: Financial Literacy Boot Camp
Video and illustrations available on our YouTube channel here.

Powerpoint Slides

Questions/Issues We’ll Address on this Episode:

  • There are two buckets of money…qualified or non-qualified (5:00)
  • What is a 401(k)? (6:00)
  • Is it mine?  (6:35)
  • Can I roll this into my new employer’s plan?  (10:35)
  • Can I still participate in my former employer’s plan?  (11:30)
  • How should I invest my  401(k)?  (12:33)
  • What is an IRA?  (15:35)
  • Why would I want to rollover my 401(k)? (17:00)
  • The steps to a 401(k) Rollover (19:00)

 

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Are We Winning the Fight for Financial Literacy?

Are we winning the fight for financial literacy–what do you think? What influences our purchasing decisions and is that “force” the loudest of all voices? I’ll tackle this important subject this week.

Podcast Details:

Podcast Title:  Are We Winning the Fight for Financial Literacy?
Podcast Series: Financial Literacy Boot Camp
Video and illustrations available on our YouTube channel here.

Questions/Issues We’ll Address on this Episode:

The Question–“Are We Winning the Fight?” (2:25)

What drives or influences our spending decisions?  (5:30)

The influences that marketing has on us are undeniable.  We are constantly bombarded with the message of CONSUMPTION to, if not drive decision making, definitely influence our decision making.

What is US consumer spending?(8:00)
Domestic consumption of goods and services is near 70% (per the Bureau of Economic Analysis or the BEA).  This is measured by PCE or “personal consumption expenditures”. How much of that do you think is a result of the “Marketing Machine’s” influence?
What are the Facts? (9:40)
So how many people actually learn the basics around cash flow management, budgeting, saving or investing in high school?  or even college?  Here are some sobering statistics…
    • Per the WSJ, the US ranked 14th in a 2015 global study conducted with a grade of just 57%
    • As of May 2016, only 17 states require high school students to take a course in personal finance.
    • Another independent study that about 1/3 of students took a personal finance course in college
Two Articles from WSJ I reference:
Another Independent Study:
Past Problems (12:20)
 I think the most notable problem of the last decade was the US Housing crises where would-be homeowners were SOLD the idea through marketing that homeownership was good (which it is) regardless of your level of income and financial situation.  We needed more educated consumers back in the early 2000s (when was the bill passed?) that could have navigated the relaxed lending standards that allowed them to secure mortgages they couldn’t afford.  (What was the debt-to-equity ratio or the home ratio 1 or 2 back then compared to what it should be?)
Current/Future Problems (15:15)
Have we learned from our mistakes?  I don’t think we have or at least our children haven’t.  The next domino could indeed be something that is ironically enough, “in the name of education”–student loans.  Student loan debt is #2 on the list behind mortgages in the consumer credit market.  Per the St. Louis Fed, the number of student loans outstanding has increased 300% since 2006.
This all points to a problem of lack of education efforts towards financial literacy to keep consumers ignorant as to the consequences of their purchase decisions.
Solutions (19:30)
    • Start with earlier, more relevant education to younger students (my wife as a school teacher);
    • Financial services industry needs to take a more proactive to educate through pro-bono work;
    • Post-secondary lending standards need to be raised to stop the bleeding

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