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This is a Congress for Chinese Speaking life insurance and financial services professionals, elite agents, agency managers, and corporate executives. The delegation was over 7500 strong, which included 300+ Chairmen, CEOs, senior executives from 17 countries and over 200 insurance and financial services institutions. About 5% of the delegates were RFC®s.
During the conference, Ed Morrow, IARFC CEO was recognized by receiving the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. This annual award is given to a role model in the community who has demonstrated a long-lasting commitment in a financial services career. The criteria is at least 40 years working in the industry and being currently active. Ed being a strong and big supporter of the IARFC in Asia is greatly appreciated by the Asian RFC® community for his contributions to their needs and progress.
The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) has initiated the Ethics Approved Renewal Program designed to promote adherence to the Association’s Code of Ethics. This program scrutinizes the practice history of each member and will award recognition to those who serve the public’s interest when dealing with their financial future.
The IARFC Team will be reviewing all membership renewals submitted to the Association and rewarding members for their long-term commitment to the IARFC Code of Ethics. They will be checking:
- FINRA records,
- State licensing records conducting an
- Internet search of each member’s name.
Members will need to have a clean record for the preceding five (5) years in order to qualify for the Ethics Approved Renewal. Members who qualify will receive an embossed seal stating they are “Ethics Approved” with the year of the review and is effective for two years.
“This is an effort towards increased transparency,” explained Chairman H. Stephen Bailey. “The public is more educated than ever and needs assurance of the background of their financial professional and their adherence to a Code of Ethics.”
Vice Chairman Nicholas Royer, weighed in on the significance of this transparency. “In my opinion, the RFC® designation is Gold Standard in the industry. Our members who hold the RFC® are the top financial consultants available, and they’ve proven it through the strenuous qualifications necessary to get this designation. With all the changes in the financial world in the last few years, this additional attention to ethics will raise the bar once again and help ensure to everyone that the financial professionals who carry the RFC® designation are truly the best of the best.”
Visit the IARFC Store to purchase your Canons of Ethical Behavior Wall Plaque.
I will at all times put my clients interests above my own.
I will maintain proficiency in my work through continuing education.
When fee-based services are involved, I will charge a fair and reasonable fee based on the amount of the time and skill required.
I will abide by both the spirit and the letter of the laws and regulations applicable to financial planning services.
I will give my clients the same service I would give myself in the same circumstances.
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Credit Card Fraud is on the rise. Here are some practical DOs and DON’Ts:
- Keep copies of all correspondence regarding disputed charges until the matter is resolved.
- When you are at a cash register using your card, don’t let the card out of your sight, and get it back as quickly as possible.
- Save all receipts. Compare them with what’s on the monthly statement.
- Sign the back of your cards, and put your picture on them if that service is available.
- Keep a record of your account numbers, their expiration dates, and the phone number and address of each company in a secure place.
- Destroy all carbons immediately.
- Draw a line through any blank spaces above the total. Don’t draw a zero, which could easily be altered.
- Leave credit cards lying around. Either activate them, or cut them up.
- Lend your card to anyone.
- Ever sign a blank receipt. It’s like signing a blank check.
- Give out your account number over the phone unless you’re doing business with a company you’re sure of.
- Write your account number on the outside of an envelope.
Investigate more simple steps we can take that will protect us from financial fraud in the September/October Register. Many of them are so simple that you may do a double take. But it will make you a better steward of your financial affairs. (see Consumer Focus article – Finding the Right Financial Advice – September/October Register).
Peter J. D’Arruda RFC, CTC
Is the IARFC President and a financial and tax coach. He is host of the nationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Financial Safari, as well as the author of four books, including “Fine Print Fiasco”, “Financial Safari, 7 Financial Baby Steps”, and “Have you been talking to Financial Aliens?” Themes of these easy readers include helping others avoid being taken advantage of and translating financial jargon for any layperson.”
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Cruising the Mississippi – the IARFC 2017 CE@SEA Destination
The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) is excited to announce their 2017 Riverboat Cruise on the Lower Mississippi. From Memphis to New Orleans, cruisers will experience the vibrant culture, rich history and diverse environment of America’s largest river – all which are the subject of fascinating Mark Twain stories.
Scheduled for July 1 through July 8, 2017, IARFC members and friends can enjoy this 7-day adventure on the American Cruise Lines’ “America” and attend the CE@SEATM continuing education conference onboard – a floating classroom of convenience.
“We chose this domestic cruise this year as a way for members to reconnect with their own country’s roots at a leisurely pace,” relates IARFC Chairman H. Stephen Bailey. “No international flights, no passports, no language barriers – just Americana to be experienced by the turning of the paddle wheel.”
The trip includes:
- all meals with wine and beer served with lunch and dinner
- complimentary cocktail hour
- one complimentary excursion at each port of call
- nightly entertainment
- daily on board expert lectures
- pre-night accommodations in downtown Memphis adjacent to the historic Beale Street District with transfers to the riverboat.
Private shore excursions will provide an insider’s perspective of classic Antebellum homes, Civil War battlefields and the iconic Oak Alley plantation. In the evenings, passengers can relax in comfort on their private balcony as they take in the spectacular rolling river views.
“I am a southerner and an experienced IARFC cruiser,” explains Jon Rogers, IARFC Board Director. I am delighted that we are drawing people to our own country and our own treasured waterways. What could be better than to visit these geographical locations only read about in history books.”
Note: Great Cruise Pricing!
- Prices for this particular cruising date are approximately 12% off
the standard pricing.
- For those who book BEFORE 12/31/16 with a $500pp deposit, there will be a $400 stateroom savings and waiving of port charges and fees ($250pp).
Bookings: Call Kimberly at the American Cruise Lines – 800.814.6880 x661 (mention the IARFC.)
How can you improve everything you currently do for your existing clients?
Here are four words that might help.
- Visual. How can you make everything you do more visually interesting and therefore easier for your clients to understand everything they receive from working with you?
- Engage. What can you do to engage both spouses in the conversations about their future and the financial decisions necessary to make that future a reality while protecting against the inherent risks of life and world events?
- Compelling. How can you make every recommendation you make more compelling so they are more inclined to act on your advice? Knowing what to do does not produce results. The results come from doing.
- Experiential. What can you do to improve the experience of working with you and every human and non-human element of your process?
It’s not your clients’ responsibility to tell you how you can exceed their expectations and move them from one side of the relationship bridge to the other. It’s your job to figure that out. They don’t really know why they are still on the side of the relationship bridge where they think it makes sense to have three consultants or why they are reluctant to refer you. It’s just a feeling they have that none of their current consultants, including you, have done what it takes for them to trust you and your process enough to consolidate everything with you and refer you to everyone they know.
for the entire article – see July/August 2016 Register
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The results of the MRFC Certification Board elections are in. Elected by a membership vote are Barry Dayley, RFC®, CFP® – Money Concepts in Afton, WY and Dr. Walt Woerheide, ChFC, CFP®, RFC® – The American College in Byrn Mawr, PA. Both IARFC members have extensive experience in the financial services industry.
“This is an exciting time of change and development for the IARFC,” said Chairman H. Stephen Bailey. “We welcome the guidance and expertise of these two gentlemen to our MRFC Board.”
The MRFC Board oversees the accreditation process for the proposed new financial designation that the IARFC is developing through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). As the process continues and the application for accreditation is submitted, the Board will work to make the designation significant to the industry and to the financial professional.
“Broad based high level continuing education is the hallmark of a financial planning professional. It builds confidence, opens opportunities, and enhances business performance,” explained newly elected MRFC Board Director Barry Dayley. “The Masters Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC) is this kind of program. I am honored to serve on the Board, and look forward to making this excellent program available to a growing number of financial professionals.”
“With the designation you have to really think about what the objectives are, what the designation is supposed to be demonstrating and how you determine the people who best meet those qualifications,” commented Dr. Woerheide. “I am excited to move the profession forward with this program.”
Both gentlemen will start their official duties September 1.
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The IARFC has just spent the past couple of weeks orchestrating the move of the Association Headquarters.
“We did not just move furniture,” comments IARFC Operations Manager Charlotte Isbell. “We moved people and memories.”
Having been at the prior location for 20 years, it was a huge task to plan, organize and finally get the boxes unloaded in the new offices. A total evaluation of past IARFC history was completed with huge amounts of time devoted to scanning and shredding. It was a timely opportunity to convert old, but still important files to electronic format.
Along with moving and reminiscing comes the excited feeling of starting fresh and anew.
“We are all very happy to be in the new offices,” continues Isbell. “Change can be an uplifting factor and motivate the team as they go about the day-to-day tasks of running the IARFC.”
Check out the IARFC Facebook page for pictures of “moving day” and the new offices as the team settles in.
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Membership goals are not met unless everyone does their part. At the minimum, talk about the IARFC to your Associates. The more members, the more influence, the more benefits. It’s a win-win for us all!
Download Member-Refer-A-Member form. Take a few minutes to fill out the form and return it to the IARFC Team.
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The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) announces Dr. Jerry Mason of Cedar City, Utah as the 2016 recipient of the Loren Dunton Memorial. This award is to “honor a person who has made a substantial contribution to the financial services profession and/or the financial interest of the public.”
Generally regarded as the “Father of Financial Planning”, Loren Dunton organized financial professionals in the late sixties and with their help created the financial planning movement. Loren Dunton developed associations, magazines, colleges, university programs and foundations. He was able to use his experiences to frankly explain what all financial advisors now recognize – that the ethical sales of financial products and the delivery of competent advice is a noble calling. Loren Dunton was a man of vision who cared deeply about both financial consultants and consumers.In bestowing the Loren Dunton Memorial Award, the IARFC recognizes Dr. Jerry Mason’s contribution to Loren Dunton’s vision and his mission to help the public and their consultants.
“Our nominating committee reviewed Mason’s long standing career and his dedication to financial services education,” said H. Stephen Bailey, IARFC Chairman. “We felt he embodied the commitment to excellence and forward thinking that was true to Loren’s Dunton mission.”
Jerry Mason has indeed had a career of longevity – forty years involved with financial planning. He taught financial planning at Brigham Young University, Texas Tech University, the College of St. Rose and Utah Valley University. He also was the Director of Education for the International Association for Financial Planning, the Vice President of Education for NAIFA, and worked for Ric Edelman for six years. In 1983, he held a financial counseling and planning conference at Brigham Young University which launched the Association for Financial Planning and Counseling Education the following year at Iowa State. While at BYU, Bud Poduska and Jerry started the first full-time financial counseling clinic on a college campus and the first financial planning software computer lab. He created and launched the Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) certification program. He pioneered taking students to national financial planning conferences and is probably best known for helping students find internships and jobs, having placed students in positions in 34 states and 7 foreign countries. In addition, he has partnered with other industry leaders in creating and competing in national financial plan case study competitions. Among those events was a first place finish with his team from UVU in the 2013 IARFC National Financial Plan Competition.
He earned a BS in Economics at Brigham Young University, a Masters of Business Administration at Stanford University and a PhD at the University of Missouri. Forty-eight years ago he married Joyce Hurst, and they are the parents of six children and eight grandchildren.
“I am thrilled and honored to receive the Loren Dunton award. Like most of us old timers I too consider Loren the father of financial planning and a great man in many ways,” relates Mason. “His enthusiasm for financial counseling and financial planning was contagious.”
For those of you looking for professional visibility – why not consider submitting your name for the IARFC Register Cover. Published by the IARFC, this industry recognized publication is a valuable tool in circulating your profile out to the public. It’s an impressive visual to send to prospective clients.
- Be an IARFC Member in Good Standing
- Have made contributions to the financial industry, i.e. writing articles, donations to industry events and/or continuing education programs activities.
If selected, you will be notified within 90 days of the Register publication deadline date where your profile will included. Be prepared to provide your professional resume or CV and professional hi resolution pictures.