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At Virtus Wealth Management, we believe we can help you no matter what age you are, what life stage you are in, or how much money you’re working with. We pride ourselves on having built a team of wealth managers with expertise in different aspects of wealth management that complement each other. So as a client of Virtus, you will partner and work with one of our wealth managers who truly gets to know you, your life, and your goals, while still having access to the knowledge our other wealth managers provide.
There are a few different titles that those in the financial industry traditionally market themselves under: financial advisor, financial planner, or wealth manager. While many financial professionals have a clear idea of what differentiates these three, the distinction has often been considered murky for consumers. You can read more about these titles and which financial professional is right for you, on our website: How To Choose A Financial Advisor.
Our credentials include the following: CPWA®, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, and CRPC®. That’s a lot of letters, but what do they mean?
CPWA® CERTIFIED PRIVATE WEALTH ADVISOR SM
This designation focuses on advanced techniques for sophisticated, high net worth individuals. It teaches financial advisors how to identify and analyze complex challenges and develop specific strategies to minimize taxes, monetize and protect assets, maximize growth, and transfer wealth. This certification requires commitment to continuously attain advanced wealth management knowledge to stay armed with the skills and strategies to guide clients through complex issues.
CFP® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Certification
The CFP® mark is offered – and governed – by the Certified Financial Planner® Board of Standards in Washington, DC. Certified financial planners work with individuals to meet short- and long-term financial goals. They understand complex legal and financial documents and are knowledgeable of financial laws and legal restrictions. Certified financial planners also have a good command of investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning.
ChFC®CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT®
The Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) credential was introduced in 1982 as an alternative to the CFP® mark. This designation has the same core curriculum as the CFP® designation, plus two or three additional elective courses that focus on various areas of personal financial planning. The biggest difference is that it does not require candidates to pass a comprehensive board exam, as with the CFP®.
CLU® CHARTED LIFE UNDERWRITER
The CLU® is widely considered to be the most respected insurance designation in the industry. This designation was created in 1927 by the AmericanCollege in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The CLU® has traditionally been pursued by agents who wish to specialize in life insurance for business or estate-planning purposes.
CRPC® CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELORSM
The CRPC® program focuses on client-centered problem solving. Each financial advisor gains in-depth knowledge of individuals’ needs both before and after retirement. The program covers the entire retirement planning process, including meeting multiple financial objectives, sources of retirement income, personal savings, employer-sponsored retirement plans, income taxes, retirement cash flow, asset management, estate planning and more.