Monte Financial Group Website Disclosure Statements
Monte Financial Group, LLC and Fidelity Investments are independent companies and are not affiliated. There is no form of legal partnership, agency, affiliation or similar relationship between Monte Financial Group, LLC and Fidelity Investments, nor is such a relationship implied by the information herein.
Clearing, custody or other brokerage services may be provided by National Financial Services LLC or Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC.
Important Consumer Disclosure
Monte Financial Group, LLC (“Monte Financial Group”) is an SEC registered investment adviser located in Connecticut. Monte Financial Group and its representatives are in compliance with the current registration and notice filing requirements imposed upon SEC registered investment advisers by those states in which Monte Financial Group maintains clients. Monte Financial Group may only transact business in those states in which it is notice filed, or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from notice filing requirements. Monte Financial Group’s website is limited to the dissemination of general information regarding its investment advisory services to United States residents residing in states where providing such information is not prohibited by applicable law. Accordingly, the publication of Monte Financial Group’s web site on the Internet should not be construed by any consumer and/or prospective client as Monte Financial Group’s solicitation to effect, or attempt to effect transactions insecurities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, over the Internet.
Furthermore, information on this Internet site should not be construed, in any manner what so ever, as the receipt of, or a substitute for, personalized individual advice from Monte Financial Group. Any subsequent, direct communication by Monte Financial Group with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where the prospective client resides. For information pertaining to the registration status of Monte Financial Group, please contact the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on their website at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.
A copy of Monte Financial Group’s current written disclosure statement discussing Monte Financial Group’s business operations, services, and fees is available from Monte Financial Group upon written request. Monte Financial Group does not make any representations as to the accuracy, timelines, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to Monte Financial Group’s web site or incorporated here in, and takes no responsibility therefore. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes only and all users there of should be guided accordingly.
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CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® and federally registered CFP (with flame design) marks (collectively, the “CFP® marks”) are professional certification marks granted in the United States by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (“CFP Board”).
The CFP® certification is a voluntary certification; no federal or state law or regulation requires financial planners to hold CFP® certification. It is recognized in the United States and a number of other countries for its (1) high standard of professional education; (2) stringent code of conduct and standards of practice; and (3) ethical requirements that govern professional engagements with clients. Currently, more than 71,000 individuals have obtained CFP® certification in the United States.
To attain the right to use the CFP® marks, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:
- Education – Complete an advanced college-level course of study addressing the financial planning subject areas that CFP Board’s studies have determined as necessary for the competent and professional delivery of financial planning services, and attain a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university (or its equivalent from a foreign university). CFP Board’s financial planning subject areas include insurance planning and risk management, employee benefits planning, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning;
- Examination – Pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Examination. The examination includes case studies and client scenarios designed to test one’s ability to correctly diagnose financial planning issues and apply one’s knowledge of financial planning to real world circumstances;
- Experience – Complete at least three years of full-time financial planning-related experience (or the equivalent, measured as 2,000 hours per year); and
- Ethics – Agree to be bound by CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct, a set of documents outlining the ethical and practice standards for CFP®
Individuals who become certified must complete the following ongoing education and ethics requirements in order to maintain the right to continue to use the CFP® marks:
- Continuing Education – Complete 30 hours of continuing education hours every two years, including two hours on the Code of Ethics and other parts of the Standards of Professional Conduct, to maintain competence and keep up with developments in the financial planning field; and
- Ethics – Renew an agreement to be bound by the Standards of Professional Conduct. The Standards prominently require that CFP® professionals provide financial planning services at a fiduciary standard of care. This means CFP® professionals must provide financial planning services in the best interests of their clients.
CFP® professionals who fail to comply with the above standards and requirements may be subject to CFP Board’s enforcement process, which could result in suspension or permanent revocation of their CFP® certification.
Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®)
The CIMA® certification signifies that an individual has met initial and ongoing experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for investment management consulting, including advanced investment management theory and application. To earn CIMA® certification, candidates must: submit an application, pass a background check and have an acceptable regulatory history; complete an in-person or online executive education program through a Registered Education Provider; pass an online Certification Examination; Pass a second background check; and have three years of financial services experience at the time of certification.
CIMA® certificants must adhere to Investments & Wealth Institute’s Code of Professional Responsibility, and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CIMA® designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification.
Certified Private Wealth Advisor®
The CPWA designation signifies that an individual has met initial and on-going experience, ethical, education, and examination requirements for the professional designation, which is centered on private wealth management topics and strategies for high-net-worth clients. Prerequisites for the CPWA designation are: a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or one of the following designations or licenses: CIMA®, CIMC ®, CFA®, CFP®, ChFC®, or CPA license; have an acceptable regulatory history as evidenced by FINRA Form U-4 or other regulatory requirements and five years of experience in financial services or delivering services to high-net-worth clients.
CPWA® designees have completed a rigorous educational process that includes executive education requirements and successful completion of a comprehensive examination. CPWA® designees are required to adhere to the Investments & Wealth Institute Code of Professional Responsibility and Rules and Guidelines for Use of the Marks. CPWA® designees must report 40 hours of continuing education credits, including two ethics hours, every two years to maintain the certification. The designation is administered through the Investments & Wealth Institute.