Becoming a Financial Planner in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Market Information projections indicate that personal financial advisors will experience a greater demand for their services even as the profession is expected to see significant job growth of 23.2 percent during the current ten-year period ending 2018. Securities and investment product sales also made the Connecticut Department of Labor’s list of high demand jobs, and it is expected that there will be a 4.1 percent increase in the number of positions available to stockbrokers during this same ten-year period.
The education advocacy group Lumina Foundation, whose stated goal is to increase the proportion of American’s with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025, reports that 46.6 percent of Connecticut’s residents held a college degree in 2008. The majority of these residents lived in Fairfield, Middlesex, and Tolland Counties. It follows that financial planners specializing in helping families save for college would find many prospective clients in these counties, as children of college-educated parents are dramatically more likely to attend college themselves.
A 2009 U.S. Census Bureau report showed that at 13.9 percent, Connecticut had a higher than average percentage of residents over the age of 65. The American Community Survey reported in 2009 that 17.6 percent of Connecticut households had a retirement income as the result of prudent financial planning. Financial planners in Connecticut who specialize in helping residents save for retirement and establish living will estate plans find a strong demand exists for their services.
How to Obtain an Investment Adviser Representative License in Connecticut
Investment adviser agents, as they are referred to in Connecticut, must be registered with the state’s Department of Banking. Applicants interested in become registered investment adviser agents in the state must pass the North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA’s) Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam or the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. The examination requirement may be waived if the applicant holds one of the following designations: Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), or Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
How to Obtain a Stockbroker License in Connecticut
Broker-dealer agents in Connecticut must also register with the Department of Banking. Each applicant who wishes to become a registered broker-dealer agent must pass the Series 63 Uniform State Agents Securities Law Examination, in addition to a product-specific Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) exam such as the Series 6 or Series 7.
How to Obtain a License to Sell Life Insurance and Fixed Annuities in Connecticut
The Connecticut Insurance Department regulates producers with lines of authority that include life insurance, as well as life settlement brokers, who may sell fixed annuities after passing the Connecticut life insurance producer exam. Examinations and applications are co-administered through the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR). The continuing education requirement for life insurance producers consists of 24 credit hours every two-year license renewal period. Three of these hours must be in laws/regulations/ethics, and six hours must relate directly to the producers specific line of authority, life insurance in this case. For those that opt for the Life Settlement Broker License, 15 hours of life settlement specific continuing education every two years satisfies renewal requirements.
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