NAPFA members are fee-only, compensated solely by the client. Neither the advisor nor any related party may receive commission compensation which is contingent on the purchase of a financial product.
Agreement to be bound by NAPFA Code of Ethics and Fiduciary Oath.
Minimum of Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
Broad-based advanced education in financial planning including 60 hours of continuing education every two years.
CFP® certification, including 6,000 hours of professional experience related to financial planning.
Peer review of sample comprehensive financial plan or dialog with Peer Reviewer.
The advisor shall exercise his/her best efforts to act in good faith and in the best interests of the client. The advisor shall provide written disclosure to the client prior to the engagement of the advisor, and thereafter throughout the term of the engagement, of any conflicts of interest, which will or reasonably may compromise the impartiality or independence of the advisor.
The advisor, or any party in which the advisor has a financial interest, does not receive any compensation or other remuneration that is contingent on any client's purchase or sale of a financial product. The advisor does not receive a fee or other compensation from another party based on the referral of a client or the client's business.
Competency: Requiring the highest standards of proficiency in the industry.
Comprehensive: Practicing a holistic approach to financial planning.
Compensation: Using a Fee-Only model that facilitates objective advice.
Client-centered: Committing to a fiduciary relationship that ensures the client's interest is always first.
Complete Disclosure: Providing an explanation of fees and potential conflicts of interest.
Objectivity: NAPFA members strive to be as unbiased as possible in providing advice to clients and NAPFA members practice on a fee-only basis.
Confidentiality: NAPFA members shall keep all client data private unless authorization is received from the client to share it. NAPFA members shall treat all documents with care and take care when disposing of them. Relations with clients shall be kept private.
Competence: NAPFA members shall strive to maintain a high level of knowledge and ability. Members shall attain continuing education at least at the minimum level required by NAPFA. Members shall not provide advice in areas where they are not capable.
Fairness & Suitability: Dealings and recommendation with clients will always be in the client’s best interests. NAPFA members put their clients first.
Integrity & Honesty: NAPFA members will endeavor to always take the high road and to be ever mindful of the potential for misunderstanding that can accrue in normal human interactions. NAPFA members will be diligent to keep actions and reactions so far above board that a thinking client, or other professional, would not doubt intentions. In all actions, NAPFA members should be mindful that in addition to serving our clients, we are about the business of building a profession and our actions should reflect this.
Regulatory Compliance: NAPFA members will strive to maintain conformity with legal regulations.
Full Disclosure: NAPFA members shall fully describe method of compensation and potential conflicts of interest to clients and also specify the total cost of investments.
Professionalism: NAPFA members shall conduct themselves in a way that would be a credit to NAPFA at all times. NAPFA membership involves integrity, honest treatment of clients, and treating people with respect.