Just as it is wise to do research on the background of anyone who would take care of your children, you should investigate the person or company you enlist to handle your money.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (www.adviserinfo.sec.gov), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (www.finra.org), Certified Planning Board of Standards (www.CFP.net), National Association of Personal Financial Advisers (findanadviser.napfa.org/Home.aspx), Financial Planning Association (www.fpanet.org) and your state securities agency all collect background information on financial professionals that can be accessed through their websites.
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Quad-Cities Online/ Moline Dispatch
March 6, 2011