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ACP President, Chris Wentzien, CPA/PFS, CFP, MBA, of Natural Bridges Financial Advisors, a financial planner and NAPFA Member who works on a fee-only retainer-basis using methodology he learned and adopted through the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP), wrote an article for  NAPFA Advisor Magazine  entitled “Why one NAPFA member uses a retainer fee model.” Wentzien says that within the ACP membership, "we don't see a decline in revenues among our member firms and many of them are bringing in new clients" even in these challenging times. He explains how a retainer business model and the ACP methodology, which includes something called "Functional Asset ...
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Alliance of Comprehensive Planners Salutes ACP Certified Member Courtney Ranstrom   InvestmentNews Names Ranstrom to 40 Under 40 List of Financial Professionals Dubbed “The Future of Our Business ” WILMINGTON, NC – July 29, 2020 – The Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) , a group of tax-focused financial planners that adhere to the Fiduciary Standard, today announced that one of its certified ACP members, Courtney Ranstrom, has been named to the 2020 InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 list. The InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 project highlights young talent in the financial advice industry. Ranstrom, 38, is co-founder and a fee-only financial planner ...
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NAPFA ADVISOR MAGAZINE, JULY 2020 ACP Member Kelly Adams Profiled as "Shining light for her clients" ACP Board member, Kelly L Adams, CFP, EA, RLP, of Harbor Light Planning, was profiled by Bridget McCrea in an article entitled “A Shining Light for Her Clients” in the July issue of   NAPFA Advisor Magazine.   Adams, who says her favorite financial planning website is   www.ACPlanners.org , shares how she has built her business through small acquisitions and organic growth since 2004 and how the ACP methodology helps her work with clients and provide the stability they need in challenging times such as the ones we are experiencing as a nation now. ...
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Financial planning is a growing industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for financial services will grow by 7% through 2028, which is faster than average. With so many financial planners in the world, how can you stand out from the crowd? The best way to attract, retain, and develop strong client relationships comes down to one simple idea: value.  The value you provide clients is an integral component of a successful financial planning practice. But how can you clearly demonstrate that value to clients? That is what our team is here to help you learn today.  At ACP we know that delivering optimum value plays ...
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Financial planning is a diverse field populated with professionals from all walks of life, educational backgrounds, and professional experiences. Each person’s journey to financial planning looks different, which enhances the services and experiences they bring to the field and future clients.  Here at ACP, we know that the path of a financial professional can be winding, but that’s what makes our field so unique. We are all on a path to grow and provide exceptional service and value to our clients; that growth can take us places we never thought possible.  Many of our members began their careers in some facet of the financial space, whether ...
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Pam Krueger writes about Alliance of Comprehensive Planners in her article in MarketWatch - Opinion: If a financial adviser can’t say ‘yes’ to these 2 revealing questions, save your money for one who can : “If you’re thinking about working with a broker, the onus is on you to slog through all the fine print and ask all the right questions to help you decide if you can really trust this person to make your financial needs their highest priority. But why put yourself through this opaque process? There’s a much easier way to make sure your adviser serves as a real fiduciary, all of the time: Hire an independent fee-only fiduciary investment adviser or financial ...
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Certified ACP Member, Laura I. Rotter of True Abundance Advisors, was mentioned in this article, “How to Rethink Your Budget With Just One Income” by Veronica Dagher in The Wall Street Journal. When asked “What should we consider when it comes to benefits after losing a job?” Rotter answered, if you lost your health insurance, be sure to replace it. If you have insurance through your job, a job loss generally qualifies you for special enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Other options may include electing Cobra insurance or being added to your spouse’s employer-based health insurance. Make sure you both have life insurance
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ACP member Britta Koepf, CFP®, ChSNC, quoted in a cleveland.com article by Rich Exner: "Does it make sense to pay off your mortgage early? Here’s what to consider: That’s Rich!" . June 2020.
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We are living in extraordinary circumstances. The coronavirus pandemic has altered the way we conduct business, interact with colleagues, friends, and loved ones, and has altered human behavior on a global scale.  It is more than a financial downturn, it is a global health crisis that has impacted health, safety, and, of course, finances across the globe. Advisors and their clients have had some concerns over business and financial recovery, which is exactly what we want to talk about today. We are here to show you that our ACP system provides added security for advisors and their clients during these unprecedented times. How does it work? That ...
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Transition is always difficult in business. Whether you are adapting your business model, service offerings, or changing lanes altogether, the transition can bring about some hard yet necessary and ultimately rewarding developments.  Here at ACP, we see this often especially with people who began as a tax-only practice and want to expand their service offerings to include financial planning. With the high volume of traffic and workload of tax responsibilities, many CPAs are wary of adding financial planning into their already busy practices. But as many have found, financial planning not only enhances the quality and service provided to clients but ...
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For decades, commissioned advisors have known that the fee-based financial planning model has gained popularity among clients and advisors alike. But the daunting task of making the switch has left many uncertain about leaving their commission lifestyles behind.  Here at ACP, our goal is to empower, teach, and guide advisors in our fee-only, fiduciary model, which not only better serves clients but also provides advisors with a business plan that works. Leaving the world of commissions isn’t easy, but we are here to help you make the transition. You need passion, hard work, diligence, and a strong sense of community, all of which ACP has in spades.  ...
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When people hear the phrase “financial planning” a few things probably come into mind: managing assets, investments, portfolios, etc. So much public perception of our industry, and sometimes the reality, is that financial planners and investment managers are one in the same.  We at ACP know a different story.  Our organization was built to show a new way to approach financial planning, an approach to embolden advisors and bolster clients, with the purpose of putting the interest of the client first.  This story vastly differs from media depictions of Wall Street hotshots and investment managers. We seek to cultivate a community of advisors whose ...
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In this Swift Chat with  Marie Swift , ACP members  Hannah Basil Bryant, CFP®  and  Chip Simon, CFP®  explain how the ACP System™ helps advisors maintain their client base (and their revenue) while their clients feel safe and secure through market downturns, even during the current worldwide health and financial crisis:  https://bit.ly/2ytgMT
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ACP Board Member, Sheila Padden, mentioned by writer, Donald Jay Korn, in  Savvy ways to gift assets while also cutting tax rates  in Financial Planning. April 2020
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ACP Board Member, Sheila Padden, quoted in this PLANADVISER article by Lee Barney  The Need for Planning—Not Just Advice—Is Clear . April 2020.
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ACP has built its organization around dynamic, like-minded advisors who have a drive to deliver optimum value to the clients they serve. Our commitment to our fee-only fiduciary standard is what has held us and our advisors together for over 25 years. This has been our founding principle and it has allowed us to grow a wonderful community.  Our members are passionate, highly trained, motivated professionals who come from all walks of life and all types of financial planning backgrounds, bringing diversity in knowledge, education, and work experience.  Being a member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners provides access to a wealth of tools, resources, ...
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You’ve taken the plunge to go into business for yourself. Congratulations! This will be an incredible adventure—one filled with ups, downs, and everything in between.  While there are so many amazing aspects to owning your own business, there are also some important changes to be aware of. In your old office, you probably had an array of coworkers and peers to help form a community. When you are in business for yourself, that community seems to evaporate overnight.  A strong sense of community is an essential component for a successful business owner. But how can you find community when you go into business for yourself? What tools and resources ...
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ACP certified member Ken Robinson and ACP President Chris Wentzien give advice in this article by Coryanne Hicks, “Tax Deductions for Financial Advisor Fees” in US News, regarding deducting fees from IRAs
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Alliance of Comprehensive Planners and Kinder Institute of Life Planning Announce Plans for 2020 Conference in Atlanta and outline featured speaker roster, which includes George Kinder, Susan Bradley, and Dan Roam.  https://prn.to/3eM69v
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ACP members Robert Walsh and Timothy Caban were both quoted in a Financial Advisor IQ article, “ Warning Signals Raised Over SBA Loan Loopholes ” by Miriam Rozen
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