What it is:
How it works/Example:
Financial planners combine asset allocation and tax planning in order to manage the risk associated with educational, estate, and retirement planning. The certifications for financial planners include, but are not limited to, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Registered Financial Planner (RFP), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). In many cases, a financial planner will carry more than one of these designations. In addition, some financial planners will also hold brokerage licenses which allow them to function for clients in a more full-service manner.
Why it matters:
A financial planner has specific training and experience in money management and investment techniques which qualify him to advise others on how they can best achieve their financial goals. It is advisable, however, to maintain an investment portfolio at an entity that is separate from that of the financial planner in order to avoid conflict of interest.