Financial Planning Updates
September 19, 2018 – Financial Planning Standards Council Announces National Organization to Advance Financial Planning in Canada Named FP Canada™
The mandate of FP Canada is “to lead the advancement of professional financial planning”. The organization has two distinct divisions:
- FP Canada Standards Council™: An independent structure that sets a high level of competence, professionalism and ethics standards.
- FP Canada Institute™: provides tools and services to help prospective and existing financial planners provide more effective service. This includes education to develop essential technical skills.
February 2018 – FinaMetrica Awarded WealthBriefing Swiss Award 2018
Risk tolerance tool FinaMetrica announced their award for ‘Best Risk Profiling Solution’. The WealthBriefing Swiss Awards focus on experts, products, and services for wealth managers and clients to award top class performance and innovation. These awards are granted by two expert judging panels that include bankers and trusted advisors.
February 9, 2018 – FPSC Announces Digital Credentials for CFPs
The Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) announced the launch of digital credentials for Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). The digital credential will allow consumers to verify in real time that their financial advisor is in fact, a CFP in good standing. This technology uses a blockchain-verified platform that is more reliable than traditional printed credentials.
September 7, 2017 – Equifax Announces Information Hack
Equifax, an American based consumer credit reporting agency, announced they had become aware of a security breach on July 29, 2017 that compromised the personal information of approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers. According to the company, limited information for certain UK and Canadian residents was also exposed. Equifax responded with apologies and access to free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for all impacted Canadian residents.
An article in the Investment Executive published on September 13, 2017, reported that “Equifax Canada’s customer service agents are telling callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to be affected…” read the full story
To contact Equifax Canada about the incident, you can call 1-866-699-5712
or email EquifaxCanadaInquiry@Equifax.com
April 28, 2017 – Title Restrictions for Financial Planners Announced by Ontario Government
In the 2017 budget, the Ontario government committed to restricting the use of the title “financial planner” and other titles that could confuse or mislead consumers, to individuals who are qualified and accountable for their professional conduct. Currently Quebec is the only province in Canada that restricts who can call themselves a “Financial Planner”. The Province of Ontario is working with regulators on enforceable standards. The government will also examine the feasibility of a universal best interest duty for all professionals providing financial advice. This standard ensures the client’s interests come before all others – a standard already adhered to by Certified Financial Planners.
November 2016 – Manulife Vitality Program Highlights Trends in the Insurance Industry
Manulife recently announced a program that tracks your health and rewards you with reduced premiums for living a healthy lifestyle. Once a Vitality life insurance product has been purchased, the insured registers for the program. An online quiz provides a Vitality Age™ as an indicator of overall health. A customized health plan is provided along with tools such as a wearable device that tracks health activities. The insured begins accumulating Vitality Points™ based on healthy activities. As the points accumulate, rewards levels may be achieved that result in reduced premiums for the next policy year.