CRFA® Toughens Training


Mustang , Oklahoma, August, 3, 2009


August 3, 2009


The Society of Certified Retirement Financial Advisors (CRFA) is on track to become only the second financial designation to become accredited with the NCCA. There are almost 100 financial designations listed with FINRA.


CRFA is a non-profit, independent financial advisor training program that is focused specifically on retirement planning and investing. CRFA has changed its training format and it will now take an advisor five weeks to complete the course.  Another new requirement includes submitting a case study to CRFA for review. The four hour final examination at an independent testing facility is still required, but new testing questions are currently being formulated. A minimum score of 70% on the exam is required to obtain the designation. Currently, almost 40% of test takers fail the exam on the first try.


Approximately 24% of the population will end up in retirement over the next 20 years. Financial training and financial advisors that focus specifically on retirement planning will continue to be in high demand. CRFA predicts there will be a significant shortage of qualified financial advisors who are properly trained in retirement financial planning.


The recent stock market and real estate downturns have devastated many retirement portfolios. Many industry experts believe that most retirees and pre retirees were not prepared for the recent declines in the markets. Working with a Certified Retirement Financial Advisor may have prevented some of the disasters that occurred to individual portfolios.


CRFA believes that many retirees are still dependent upon traditional financial planning techniques that were designed and built during the biggest bull market run in U.S. history. With the long term bear market continuing for the foreseeable future, proper retirement investing and income planning will be even more important going forward.


A recent study by Prince and Associates that appeared in Forbes magazine indicated that 63% of affluent investors plan on moving money away from their current advisor. CRFA believes investors will be more likely than ever to work with a Certified Retirement Financial Advisor that specializes in retirement investing, retirement planning, income management, tax reduction and estate distribution specifically designed for retirees.




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