How does your practice’s financial planning process compare to other financial advisors? A recent report from FPA Research and Practice Institute™ helps planners understand how advisors engage in the financial planning process. Financial Planning in 2015: Today’s Demands, Tomorrow’s Challenges explores the financial planning process, resources used, fees charged and more. The study uses the CFP® certification to segment the advisors and explore the results of the two groups.
The financial planning process is primarily executed by advisors rather than supporting team members. Advisors play a key role in the entire process from gathering data, developing the plan, and delivering the results. The average time spent to create an initial financial plan by the advisor is seven hours. Six more hours go into developing plans by the advisor’s team. Total time invested to develop an initial plan is thirteen hours.
It’s common practice for advisors to not charge a separate fee for financial planning. Only a third of advisors charge a separate fee for creating initial plans. Even less charge a separate fee for plan updates. Most advisors charging a separate fee for planning use a flat fee rather than an hourly fee model.
Advisors without the CFP® certification commonly charge less than $1,000 to develop an initial financial plan. Advisors with the CFP® certification most commonly charge between $1,000 and $2,499. A breakdown of the average financial planning fee is shown below.
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