What is a Personal Financial Specialist? | Cincinnati Financial Planning

What is a Personal Financial Specialist?

Published on by Beth Germann in Wealth Management

What is a Personal Financial Specialist?

And what are the benefits of meeting with a Personal Financial Specialist?

To continue to be recognized as a contributor to the financial planning sector, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has developed its own credential including membership resources.  Titled the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), candidates must first have attained the CPA in addition to specific work experience and continuing education in the area of personal and business financial planning.  In addition, a separate exam must be passed, annual continuing education hours attained and adherence to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.

The areas of expertise covered on the exam include:

  • Taxation
  • Estate and charitable planning
  • Risk management (insurance)
  • Investment planning
  • Retirement and
  • Education planning

Different phases in life can often lead to decisions to make financial planning a priority.  Our firm can assist with the process of developing a successful plan, including planning, implementing, monitoring and updating your plans. Regular interactions allow us to evaluate your financial situation to develop goals and an action plan to continually achieve those goals.

In addition to individual wealth planning, we have offerings that can benefit closely held businesses. There are a variety of specialized retirement plans that can be evaluated to determine if they are a fit for your retirement goals and needs.  In addition, succession planning and business valuation are area that can be evaluated to ensure the right path is underway.

Barnes Dennig Financial Services strives to offer a holistic approach to wealth management.  Our relationships and understanding of a client’s needs direct management of engagements.  With access to the expertise expected from a public accounting firm and the personal touch required for successful financial planning engagements, our planners are prepared to consider your specific needs.  Put simply, we are big enough to know, but small enough to care.

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If you would like to have a free consultation to evaluate your financial well-being and retirement goals reach out here or call us at 513-241-8313 to set up a meeting.


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