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The Difference Between a Financial Advisor and a Financial Planner

by AOG Wealth Management

AOG Wealth Management is an independent Registered Investment Advisor that specializes in providing investment management and other financial services for high-net worth individuals, companies, trusts, pension plans and other accounts of a similar nature. Today, we will explain the difference between a financial advisor and a financial planner:

The Difference Between a Financial Advisor and a Financial Planner

What Is a Financial Advisor?

Financial advisor is a broad term for a professional who can help manage your money. A financial advisor provides financial guidance to their customers for compensation, and many different types of financial professionals fall into this general category. Financial advisors can be investment managers, tax preparers, stockbrokers and insurance agents. A financial advisor must hold a Series 65 license if they are working with the public.

What Is a Financial Planner?

A financial planner is a type of financial advisor who assists individuals and companies in creating a program that meets their long-term financial goals. Every type of financial planner is a financial advisor, but not all financial advisors are financial planners. A financial planner might specialize in estate planning, investments, taxes or retirement and they may hold various licenses or designations. Because we provide wealth management services, our team is composed of Certified Financial Planners® with many years of experience managing client finances.

What Is a Certified Financial Planner?

The designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) is given by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and it is a recognized standard of excellence within the industry. Obtaining CFP certification requires significant experience effort. A candidate must meet rigorous requirements in ethics, work experience, education and must pass the CFP exam. In addition, CFP professionals must also complete continuing education programs each year to maintain their certification.

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The article and opinions in this publication are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.  We suggest that you consult your accountant, tax, or legal advisor with regard to your individual situation.

Category: Wealth Management