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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
questions about the IARFC or to find a consultant that is “Ethics Approved”
contact us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the Association website at www.iarfc.org.