KNOWLEDGE is knowing a tomato is a fruit...
WISDOM is not putting one in a fruit salad.
- Miles Kingston
At FirsTrust, we are a FiancialTeam of specialists; each with the knowledge of an accredited expert and the wisdom of 20 to 30+ years of experience in his/her field of expertise.
Nobody is an expert in everything.
If you need it, don't settle for less than an actual expert.
If you don't need it, don't pay for it.
An "Investment Advisor" license requires passing a 140 question multiple-choice test on rules and regulations related to giving investment advice. "Financial Planner" is an unregulated title; it requires no specific license, education or experience - usually held by sales professionals. And "Estate Planning" and "Risk Management" can often mean someone who sells life insurance.
Every FirsTrust Advisor is a Fee-Only Registered Financial Advisor who affirms by sworn affidavit every year that he or she receives no commissions, kick backs, yield spreads, referral fees, gifts, incentives or other forms of third-party compensation in order to preserve loyalty and objectivity for their clients.
The FirsTrust Advisor requirements:
4-year college degree
20+ years of industry experience
an advanced degree or professional expert accreditation
at least 30 hours of annual Continuing Education every year
a clean regulatory disciplinary history
Our Investment Manager Credentials: CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CIMA (Certified Investment Management Analyst), or CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
Our Retirement Planner Credentials: Master's level education, CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), and/or CFP (Certified Financial Planner).
Our Tax Specialists: M. Tax (Masters of Taxation), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), (CFP) Certified Financial Planner, annual Continuing Education through University Of Miami School Of Law's Heckerling Institute
Our Estate Planners: Master's level education, CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and/or ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), annual Continuing Education
through University Of Miami School Of Law's Heckerling Institute.
Independent Accounting, Legal and Insurance Services:
To serve our clients with the latest information and technology, our Advisors may attend law school Institutes for continuing education and maintain affiliations with The American Bar Association; but they do not practice law. When a legal opinion or document becomes necessary, we know all attorneys are not the same. We can work closely with your existing attorney, or we can recommend one who specializes in that particular field.
Our Advisors may have formal educations, decades of experience and advanced credentials in the insurance industry. To maintain our objectivity, however, we do not sell insurance. When insurance is deemed necessary, we know all insurance agents are not the same. We can work closely with your independent agent or refer you to one who will shop & compare different companies for a selection of choices.
Our Advisors may have formal educations, decades of experience and advanced credentials in the field of taxes and accounting; but we do not prepare tax returns. When tax season rolls around, or a specific written tax opinion becomes necessary, we know all accountants are not the same. We can work closely with your existing accountant or tax attorney, or we can recommend one who specializes in that particular field.
It's what WE would want if WE were the client.
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