Some women prefer to see female doctors rather than male doctors for a number of reasons, including greater familiarity with their health issues and, in some cases, a way that better matches their own, including their speaking style. empathy and their ability to listen. Financial advisors, too, may be more sensitive to some of the concerns of clients, such as how to plan for blended families, intergenerational issues, sudden wealth, and sudden singleness.
The good news is that there are a number of highly qualified female financial advisors and planners out there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 38.2% of all financial advisors were women in 2019.
Key points to remember
- A financial counselor or financial planner may be more suitable for some clients.
- These client concerns may include blended families, intergenerational issues, sudden wealth, and sudden singleness.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 38.2% of all financial advisors are women.
Steps to find a new advisor or financial planner
Naturally, if you choose to seek out a female financial advisor, you’ll want a professional who has the appropriate training and qualifications. One way to start is to look at the ranking of women in the company, like Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors 2022,” which provides a breakdown by state, and Barrons “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors for 2021”, which reflects the assets under management (AUM), the revenues they generate for their companies and the quality of their practices.
Some of these star advisers require high minimums to invest, but there are plenty of female finance professionals elsewhere who don’t. Some resources are the Women & Finance Task Force of the Financial Planning Association and the Women’s Initiative of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Checklist to help you make an informed decision
NAPFA offers guidance on how to assess a future finance professional. They are:
- Discuss with your loved ones what you want to accomplish by working with an advisor.
- Create a list of advisors that you have compiled through word of mouth advice, professional organizations or lists.
- Do your homework on potential candidates and come up with three possibilities. Pay attention to the pros, such as rewards for their work, and the cons, such as any disciplinary action against them.
- Develop a list of questions to ask candidates.
- Meet them in person, if possible, or by videoconference.
- Make sure you are confident in her experience and level of expertise and are comfortable speaking with her.
Credentials a Financial Advisor or Planner Should Have
A qualified financial planner can have three titles, but the first is the most important. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
A CFP is a formal recognition of expertise in the areas of financial planning, tax, insurance, estate planning, and retirement, such as with 401(k)s. Owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., the designation is awarded to individuals who pass the initial CFP Board examinations and then pursue ongoing annual training programs to maintain their skills and certification.
A better prepared financial advisor holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. A CFA is a globally recognized professional designation given by the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR, Association for Investment Management and Research) that measures and certifies the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates must pass three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis.
If you have a situation that specifically deals with taxes and accounting, you may want an advisor who is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). A CPA is a designation given to professional chartered accountants. The CPA license is provided by the Board of Accountancy in each state. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) provides resources on obtaining the license. The CPA designation helps enforce professional standards in the accounting industry. Other countries have equivalent certifications to the CPA designation, including the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.
Women may prefer to work with financial professionals to help them plan for their retirement and estate as well as to maximize their income. The good news is that there are plenty of highly qualified professionals to choose from, and your selection process can be managed in a systematic way.
What is a Financial Advisor?
A financial advisor is a broad term that covers many types of professionals. They can help you manage your investments by making it easier to buy and sell securities. These people include bankers, accountants, stock brokers, insurance agents and estate planners. Financial advisers handle a wide range of financial matters for individuals and businesses, while a financial planner handles more specialized matters.
What is the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a federal agency that collects and disseminates various economic and labor market data in the United States. Its reports include the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI), both of which are considered important measures of inflation.
What is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)?
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is an official recognition of expertise in the areas of financial planning, tax, insurance, estate planning and retirement. Owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., the designation is awarded to individuals who pass the initial CFP Board examinations and then pursue ongoing annual training programs to maintain their skills and certification.