Ethics Approved Program Going Strong for Financial Association News added by International Association of Registered Financial Consultants on December 29, 2016
International Association of Registered Financial Consultants

International Association of Registered Financial Consultants

Middletown, OH

Joined: December 15, 2015

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The International  Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC)  has recently approved over 350 members in the past three months in their new  “Ethics Approved” program. This program is an effort towards increased  transparency regarding the member’s professional background and their adherence  to a Code of Ethics.   

The  IARFC Team is reviewing all membership renewals submitted to the Association  and rewarding members for their long-term commitment to the IARFC Code of Ethics. They are  checking FINRA records, state licensing records and even conducting an internet  search of each member’s name. Reviewed history includes personal or business  bankruptcies, compromised credit issues, any pending customer disputes,  regulatory events and/or criminal misdemeanors or felonies.

Members  need to have a clean record for the preceding five (5) years in order to  qualify for the Ethics Approved Program. Members who meet these standards will  receive an embossed seal stating they are “Ethics Approved” with the year of  the review and is effective for two years.        

“We  feel that this additional check is our obligation to the public who needs  assurance of the integrity of their financial professional,” explained Chairman H. Stephen Bailey.  “The public is more educated than ever and needs assurance of the background of  their financial professional and their adherence to a Code of Ethics.”    

The  IARFC, founded in 1984, is a non-profit  credentialing organization formed to foster public confidence in the financial  planning profession. Their professional designation – the Registered Financial  Consultant (RFC®) is awarded to those  consultants who can meet the high standards of education, experience and  integrity that are required of all its members.    

Vicki  Caplinger in IARFC Membership Services, weighed in on the significance of the  program and how the members can utilize their approved status. “Members receive Ethics Approved branding recognition  in the form of digital logos, embossed seals and sample media releases. It is  our hope that they utilize these tools to enhance consumer confidence when  serving clients and prospects.” 

For  questions about the IARFC or to find a consultant that is “Ethics Approved”  contact us at or  visit the Association website at       

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