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Learn About Financial Planning by CFP Board 


CFP Board has developed brochures that provide information about financial planning and guidance for those seeking a competent and ethical financial planning professional. From “What You Should Know About Financial Planning” to “Why You Should Choose a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner” to “Your Rights as a Financial Planning Client,” these brochures are available for download below in pdf format.CFP Board is happy to provide individuals one free complimentary Financial Planning Resource Kit, which contains educational brochures such as “What You Should Know About Financial Planning,” “10 Questions to ask When Choosing a Financial Planner” and “Your Rights as a Financial Planning Client.” To request that a Financial Planning Resource Kit be mailed to you, complete a request form.

Investor Education by CFA Institute 
The Basics on Investing

Investment Insights

Investor Education by FINRA

Protect Yourself

Investor Alerts

529 Plans | Annuities and Insurance | Bonds | Frauds and Scams | Margin and Borrowing | Money Management | Mutual Funds & ETFs | Private Offerings | Promissory Notes | Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) | Retirement Accounts | Trading Securities  

Before You Invest

Suitability: What Investors Need to Know | Working With Your Investment Professional | Avoid Common Investor Problems | Prohibited Conduct | Disciplinary Information  

After You Invest

Understanding Brokerage Account Transfer Process | Your Rights Under SIPC Protection | Restitution for Investors | What Investors Can Expect from FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Process 

Avoid Investment Fraud

Investor Publications | Tools | Research

Smart Investing

Getting Started

Getting Ready to Invest | Opening a Brokerage Account | Selecting Investment Professionals | Building Your Portfolio | Shopping Around for Financial Products | Investor Podcasts | Tracking Your Investments 

Choosing Investments

Overview | Bank Products | Bonds | Mutual Funds | Stocks 

Advanced Investing

Managing Investment Risk | Evaluating Performance | Day Trading Information | Initial Public Offerings | Margin Information | Online Trading | Understanding Securities Analyst Recommendations | Glossary of Analyst Research Report Terms 


Smart 401(k) InvestingEmployee Tips for Spotting Retirement Scams | Employer Tips for Spotting Early Retirement Scams

Saving for College 

Investment Choices

Resources organized by investment vehicle