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To work as a financial advisor, a license is not required by state or federal government. Because of this, there are many people who offer services as financial advisors that may not have the education or knowledge required to give you the best service needed.

A financial advisor license may not be necessary, but if you want solid financial advice you should do your homework and educate yourself.

First of all, the basic function of a financial advisor is to take into consideration the client's current financial situation and goals, such as planning for retirement. The advisor then develops a plan by which the client can obtain those goals.

Now, there are times when a financial advisor is required to be licensed. If the advisor sells real estate, mutual funds, bonds, insurance, or stocks they may need to be licensed for those particular services, or if they offer legal advice then a license may be required. Professional who acquire a financial advisor license to administer those types of services can help you to learn more and to find financial advice in preparing for retirement.

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Do you know the difference between a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), a AICPAPFP (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/ Personal Financial Planning Specialist), and a RIA (Registered Investment Advisor)? If not, you will want to get the retirement calculator before you go looking for an advisor with a financial advisor license.

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