Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Financial Planning Coalition Reports Success and a Champion in the Senate

Despite lack of fiduciary standard in Dodd bill, group will continue to battle

“People on the Hill know what financial planning is now,” says Tom Potts, president of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and while it may “take a while” to get everything that financial planners want in Washington, “we’re laying the foundation for the future.” Potts was speaking in San Antonio on April 23, during the annual FPA retreat, where he and the leaders of the other organizations in the Coalition for Financial Planning presented a status report to attendees on the Coalition’s efforts in Washington.

One of those groups is the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, whose board's immediate past director, Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff, said during the session that “all of our organizations are so committed to establishing financial planning as a profession” to the point that “we’ve drafted a Financial Planners Act of 2010.” While admitting that “our chances are slim” of getting the Coalition’s needs met this time, referring specifically to the current text of Senator Chris Dodd’s financial services reform bill, she stressed that “Herb Kohl is our champion,” referring to the Democratic senator from Wisconsin...

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