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Money Management: Financial Planners

Finding a Financial Planner

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Use the Financial Planning Association's Find Your Financial Planner Now database to find a licensed certified financial planner in your neighborhood.

Free Financial Coaching at Brooklyn Public Library

Take steps towards financial stability by meeting with a financial coach from the Financial Coaching Corps of The Community Service Society, free at the Business & Career Center at Central Library.

Make an appointment via Eventbrite at bklynlib.org/2ArMMFA

Where to Look for a Financial Advisor

     If you want to hire a financial planner to help you create and meet financial goals for your future, make sure that your financial planner is a CFP (certified financial professional), meaning that they have passed the rigorous exam administered by the Certified Planning Board of Standards. The CFP Board's website offers a nationwide database you can use to find a licensed financial planner in your neighborhood.

     If you want to hire a financial advisor who can buy and sell financial investments (such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds) for you, or create an individual retirement account for you, be aware that FINRA (The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) offers a nifty database called BrokerCheck. Use BrokerCheck to not only see if your financial advisor or investment firm is registered with the SEC but also to check on their educational background, experience and whether they have any regulatory complaints or disciplinary actions filed against them.

Choosing a Financial Advisor