Paul holds the following financial planning and investment management designations:
Certified Financial Planner™(CFP®):
Certified Financial Planners™ are licensed by the CFP Board to use the CFP® mark. CFP® certification requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Completion of the financial planning education requirements set by the CFP Board.
- Successful completion of the 10-hour CFP® Certification Exam.
- Three-year qualifying full-time work experience.
- Successfully pass the Candidate Fitness Standards and background check.
- 30 hours of continuing education every 2-year cycle.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification is roughly equivalent to a specialized postgraduate finance degree including a mixture of economics, ethics, law and accountancy.
- the Economist magazine
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA):
Chartered Financial Analysts are licensed by the CFA Institute to use the CFA mark. CFA certification requirements:
- Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or have equivalent education or work experience.
- Successful completion of all three exam levels of the CFA Program.
- Have 48 months of acceptable professional work experience in the investment decision-making process.
- Fulfill society requirements, which vary by society.
- Agree to adhere to and sign the Member's Agreement, a Professional Conduct Statement, and any additional documentation requested by CFA Institute.
The CFA Program is the gold standard among investment analysis designations.
- the Economist magazine
NAPFA - Registered Financial Advisor
NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor is the top level of membership in the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the preeminent association of Fee-Only financial advisors. Requirements:
- Agree to adhere to NAPFA’s definition of a Fee-Only Financial Planner – one who is compensated solely by the client with neither the advisor nor any related party receiving compensation that is contingent on the purchase or sale of a financial product – as ensured through submission of the advisor’s Form ADV.
- Agree to adhere to and sign NAPFA’s Fiduciary Oath.
- Agree to offer clients integrated advice on the full range of personal financial planning topics – income tax, financial position and cash flow, retirement preparation, estate planning, investments, and risk management.
- Attainment of either the CFP®certification or the CPA/PFS designation.
- Peer review of a comprehensive financial plan.
- 60 hours of continuing education every 2-year cycle.
- 36 months of experience being primarily engaged in the provision of comprehensive financial planning services.
- Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.