August 6, 2010

CFP Launches '25 Tips Over 25 Weeks' Consumer Financial Planning Initiative

Initiative offers financial tips for each life phase

The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a "25 tips over 25 weeks" consumer advocacy program, a financial planning initiative featuring consumer education and awareness at five key milestones in a person's life, the CFP Board announced Tuesday, August 3.

"Whether you are just starting out experiencing your peak earning years, expanding your family or heading toward retirement, everyone can benefit from financial planning," said Eleanor Blayney, the CFP Board's consumer advocate, in a news release.

Once a month--from August through December 2010--the initiative will cover five stages:

Stage 1: The Starting Out Years on August 13 focuses on people ages 18 to 25 when education, employment, and debt management significantly affect their financial situation for upcoming decades.

Stage 2: The Nesting Years on September 13 covers 25- to 40-year-olds who are facing decisions about marriage, children, purchasing a home, and career advancement. These decisions can have a major impact on lifetime financial situations.

Stage 3: The Wealth Accumulation Years on October 11 focuses on those ages 40 to 55 who find themselves with more discretionary income, but a lot more income demands such as college tuition, caring for elderly parents, and catching up on retirement savings.

Stage 4: The Prime Time Years on November 8 looks at people ages 55 to 65 who are approaching or have reached retirement age. This is a time where lifestyle choices, spending, and investing make a huge difference.

Stage 5: The Reinvention Years on December 13 points out how these can be the best years for people ages 65 and older. With good management of financial resources, this group can take on new interests such as traveling, volunteering, part-time work, and spending more time with family and friends.

"Financial planning isn't just for the wealthy. It's for everyone," Blayney said. "In a world where people are more responsible than ever for their financial lives, it's important that people understand the key things they need in each phase of their life."

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