Question: You recently suggested that readers use financial advisors who have either certified or chartered financial planning qualifications. How does a consumer know if an advisor is qualified?
Answer: The title ‘chartered financial planner’ is awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute and a list of firms whose staff hold the chartered qualification is available at www.cii.co.uk/app/charteredtitle/FSSearch.aspx. A list of certified financial planners is published on the website of the Institute of Financial Planners — w ww.financialplanning.org.uk/consumers/cfp_search.cfm — entering the BT postcode for a full list of those in Northern Ireland. There are seven firms here whose staff have chartered financial planning qualifications and eight individuals who are qualified as certified financial planners.