Resources | Financial Advisor Associations
NAPFA. . . National Association of Municipal Advisors (NAMA)
The National Association of Municipal Advisors (NAMA) is a professional organization limited to firms & professionals that specialize in providing advice on bond sales and other financial products used by state & local governments, agencies and obligated persons. Founded in 1989, previously known as the National Association of Independent Public Financial Advisors (NAIPFA) to solely represent independent financial advisory firms, NAMA members now include individual municipal advisors affiliated with other entities, in addition to its core members of independent municipal advisory firms. Read more »
The National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors (NAIPFA) is a professional organization of independent financial advisory firms located throughout the U.S. specializing in providing financial advice to public agencies related to financing of public projects and issuance of bonds.
NAIPFA member firms must be completely independent of underwriting of municipal securities by banks and securities dealers. Member firms must also be structured such that financial advice is not incidental to any other service. Read more »
The national association, Limra represents over 850 financial services companies in more than 70 countries worldwide whom turn to LIMRA first to help them build their businesses and improve their performance. Their members rely on our 90 years of industry experience, along with resources in Research, Consulting, Assessment, Development, and Compliance and Regulatory Services to: Chart a clear course for the future; Benchmark their competition; Create new products; open new markets; Add distribution channels—independent producer, bancassurance; and worksite; Increase distribution productivity; Assess, train and manage productive sales forces and distribution networks; Meet the challenges of increasing regulation; and Identify and develop the next generation of leaders; plus much more. Read more »
The Investment Management Consultants Association was established in 1985 to deliver the premier investment consulting and wealth management credentials with world-class educational offerings through membership, conferences, research, and publications. IMCA sets the standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession and provides investment consultants and wealth managers with the credentials and tools required to best serve their clients.
Certified Investment Management Analyst®
The cornerstone of IMCA is the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. The CIMA® certification reflects experience, education, examination, and ethical standards. Those who have earned the CIMA certification have at least three years of experience in financial services, have passed an extensive background check, have completed a demanding two-step, graduate-level program of study, and have passed a comprehensive examination.
Certified Private Wealth Advisor®
IMCA’s newest designation, Certified Private Wealth Advisor®, or CPWA®, was launched in 2007 and facilitates an advanced expertise in the life cycle of wealth: accumulation, preservation and protection, and distribution. Those who earn this designation learn to identify and analyze challenges facing high-net-worth clients and how to develop specific strategies to minimize taxes, monetize and protect assets, maximize growth, and transfer wealth.
IMCA’s credentials are offered in conjunction with two of the top business schools in the country: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
The association is proud to serve more than 8,700 members including more than 6,200 CIMA certificants and 485 CPWA designees, as of March 31, 2012. Each member must subscribe to and each designee must adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility. In addition, IMCA’s Standards of Practice and Performance Reporting Standards provide practical guidance to investment management consultants in the course of conducting their practices and providing services to clients. Read more »
The National Organization of Investment Professionals, (NOIP), formed in 1983, is a nonprofit association of investment professionals. Its diverse membership includes both active and honorary members who have a common objective of fostering a favorable regulatory environment for institutional participation in fair and open securities markets which are both efficient and effective.
Membership is by application only and requires a prospective member have three NOIP sponsors, one of whom must be a Board member. Members pay annual dues, and conference registration fees. There are 210 Active Members, the maximum permitted by its by-laws and subsequent resolutions. At retirement, Active Members in good standing may choose to become Honorary Members.
Each spring and fall, members attend conferences that focus on topics that are both timely and relevant to the institutional investment community. In addition to industry, political and regulatory speakers, NOIP members actively participate on conference panels. NOIP conferences serve as in-depth educational opportunities for members and offer time for dialogue with fellow industry professionals.. Read more »
The AIFA is the voice of the IFA profession. They represent the interests of their membership to the regulator and those policy makers who have an impact on the IFA market place and the business operation of IFAs. There is a clear need for IFAs to speak with one strong voice. Their role is to bring about this united front. They influence the opinions of decision makers to direct policy towards proportionate and appropriate regulatory structure, and are sought out to provide their knowledge and expertise to better understand and define practical policy. They are funded by their membership and industry supporters, and are a not-for-profit organization. Read more »
The NAIFA was originally founded as the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the U.S. NAIFA members assist consumers by focusing their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. NAIFA’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its membership.