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CFP Board Reports Rise in Number of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ [Professionals], to 83,106

February 26, 2019 InvestmentNews

The number of certified financial planners rose to an all-time high of 83,106 in 2018, and the universe of mark holders also became a little more diverse, according to the organization that grants the designation.

In statistics released Tuesday, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. showed a growth rate last year of about 3.8% from its certificant pool of 80,035 at the end of 2017.

The board said the number of female CFPs increased to 19,248, which also is a record. But the share of CFP holders who are women remained steady at 23%.

The number of African-American and Latino CFPs was 2,916, an 8% jump over 2017, but still much lower than is represented in the overall U.S. population (at about 3.5% versus 30%).

The CFP Board has made increasing the diversity of those who hold the designation a priority…. 


By Mark Schoeff Jr.
January 15, 2019

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