The Financial Planning Association announced Wednesday that it has released an updated version of its online planner search tool in order to help American consumers find financial planners more easily.
The enhanced version of the FPA’S PlannerSearch service now allows consumers to look for a planner based on criteria such as:
- How planners charge, whether using fee-only or other compensation methods
- Whether a planner offers a free initial consultation
- What specialization is offered, in areas ranging from budgeting to retirement planning
“FPA’s research shows that nearly 90% of consumers who have a comprehensive financial plan feel that they have clear financial direction in their lives,” said Denver-based FPA Chief Executive Marvin Tuttle (right) in a statement. “PlannerSearch is designed to help even more Americans connect with an expert planner to help them secure a path for their financial future.”
Interviewed in New York about the updated PlannerSearch, Tuttle compared it to online, user-friendly search tools for doctors. As the certified financial planner profession matures, he said, the FPA is studying new ways to help CFPs refine their practice management.