Financial Planning Standards Board Launches Financial Planet

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Blogging Site to Serve as the Global Online Gathering Place for the Financial Planning Profession

Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), the global professional standards-setting body for financial planners and owner of the CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP logo trademarks outside the United States, today launched Financial Planet (http://www.financialplanet.org), a blogging site devoted to gaining recognition for financial planning as a distinct, global profession. The site, featuring an editorial team made up of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professionals from around the world, is an online gathering place where CFP professionals, regulators, educators, employers and consumer advocates can share their views on the financial planning profession and its future.

“The concept for Financial Planet originated at FPSB’s World Financial Planning Summit last year in Chinese Taipei, where leaders from the global financial community set out to define the steps needed to establish financial planning as a distinct profession worldwide,” said Noel Maye, FPSB Chief Executive Officer. “Through Financial Planet, our community can continue the conversation on an even larger scale with input and expertise from professionals and other key stakeholders around the world.”

Financial Planet explores issues that speak to the heart of financial planning professionalism with international perspectives on ethics, regulation, rebuilding consumer trust, education, compensation issues and more. The blog launches its content lineup this month with perspective from CFP professionals on “The State of the Financial Planning Profession.” Readers and subscribers also have the opportunity to add to the discussion through monthly opinion polls, comments and discussion threads on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

“Financial Planet is the first blog to focus exclusively on the current state and future needs of the financial planning profession,” said Maye. “Our goal is for the site to spur high-level discussion among various stakeholder about key issues and trends affecting the financial planning professional globally.”

FPSB is the creator of Financial Planet, but the site is designed to represent the independent views of the contributing bloggers and not necessarily the views of FPSB.

About FPSB
FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs for financial planning organizations to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark. FPSB has a nonprofit member organization in the following 24 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. By year-end 2011, FPSB expects approximately 140,000 individuals to hold the CFP certification worldwide. For more, visit fpsb.org. Follow FPSB at twitter.com/fpsb or facebook.com/fpsb1.

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