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Resources & Publications

Available in electronic and print format, CFP Board’s consumer resources and educational publications provide information about financial planning and guidance for consumers seeking a financial planner.

"Let's Make a Plan" blog

Weekly blog posts from CFP Board's Senior Ambassador, Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, and local Ambassadors provide tips, strategies and insight when it comes to financial planning.  Read the blog for important information to help you manage all financial aspects of your life – your benefits, spending, debt, property, income, taxes, the transfer of your assets to your family. You don't need to have a lot of money or be close to retirement in order to benefit from financial planning.

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"Let's Make a Plan" eNewsletter

CFP Board's monthly "Let's Make a Plan" eNewsletter for consumers includes helpful articles and information on financial planning. Get tips on a variety of personal finance topics so that you can get the most out of your financial plan.

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Consumer Guide to Financial Planning

This brochure shares what you should know about financial planning, how to get started with your financial plan, and how to find a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner qualified to help you with your financial planning needs.

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Consumer Guide to Financial Self-Defense

Consumers often fall victim to financial abuse at the hands of unethical and unqualified financial advisors. This guide describes "red flags" of potentially incompetent, unethical or illegal financial planning practices, and provides tips and guidance to protect yourself if you encounter them.

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Financial Self-Defense Guide For Seniors

This guide describes the most common real-life situations in which older Americans are vulnerable to financial abuse by a financial advisor, and provides advice for seniors and their families for guarding against such abuse, including ways to report it to proper authorities.

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Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future

Create your personal savings plan and prepare for retirement and other goals with this step-by-step guide created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and CFP Board. Included are customizable worksheets and calculators to help you get started with your plan.

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Savings Fitness Worksheets

CFP Board and EBSA are pleased to share user-friendly online versions of Savings Fitness worksheets that offered practical information on financial planning and can help you set short- and long-term financial goals, calculate net worth, estimate retirement savings needs, develop a budget or cash flow spending plan, and organize debt.

Access the online financial planning tools on EBSA's website


Financial Planning Coalition

CFP Board, the Financial Planning Association®, and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors are working together as the Financial Planning Coalition to pursue consumer protection and industry reform.

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