What is The Psychology of Financial Planning?

On March 30th, the CFP Board announced changes to their Principal Knowledge Topics for educational programs for those seeking or with the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. This change includes a new section representing 7% of the educational component, entitled “The Psychology of Financial Planning.” For those of us at DataPoints who have been writing about financial psychology and the psychology of building wealth for quite some time, we are delighted to hear that …
A well-designed financial plan can help clients achieve more than just financial goals. We talked with Michael Palazzolo, founder of Fintentional®, about how his firm helps clients achieve life goals in the context of financial planning. Michael is a former software engineer who started his transition to financial planning in 2007 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant in 2010. Michael and his wife Amy also hosted Your Money or Your Life study groups …
Family/marital issues, health issues, grief, religion: just a few of the non-financial topics that advisors work through with their clients. A few years ago, a large-scale study of advisors yielded a wealth of information on the evolving role of financial advisors as coaches (Dubofsky & Sussman, 2009). The research, which included approximately 1,400 advisors associated with either the FPA or CFP board, highlighted the topics, challenges, and critical incidents faced by advisors related to non-financial …

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