Financial Planning is one of the fastest-growing professions across the world and with a huge demand- supply gap in India the youngsters planning a career in Financial Planning have a bright future and can take advantage of many opportunities coming across in the Financial Services Industry.
Managing money is a tricky business, managing other people’s money is not just tricky; it’s a lot challenging and difficult. Considering most people need guidance on where to invest, how to save taxes, the best insurance scheme, which fund to invest in, which stock to hold, which one to sell, how to plan junior’s college and their own retirement. And for all those self styled experts; planners come into helping them make better use of their money and achieve financial goals.
Financial Planning is one of the fastest-growing professions across the world and Financial Planners are most sought with a fast growing working population that earns well, and needs expert handling of their finances.
Financial services, especially on the retail side, have undergone a major transformation. Various factors have catalysed this change: One, privatisation of insurance and mutual fund sectors has increased product options for the investor. Two, falling interest rates and the end of ‘guaranteed-return’ products have prompted investors to look for alternative modes of investment. And, three with a number of scams taking place in the financial markets, investors’ confidence in ‘advisors’ has been shaken and the investors are asking for a ‘trusted financial doctor’.
In the Financial landscape, an individual has various professional courses such as Chartered Account (CA), Company Secretaries (CS), Cost & Works Accountants (CWA) and Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) to pursue. Each programme offers individuals some specialization, which fulfils a job requirement. The CA focuses on tax, audit and accountancy; a CS is an expert in corporate laws; the CWA will focus on management accountancy and CFA will be an expert in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions. The common feature across all these programmes is that they are professional courses focused on the “corporate” point of view.
In this era of super specialization, the Certified Financial Planner (CFPCM), focusing on comprehensive financial advisory services to individuals has emerged.
The future poses numerous opportunities for Financial Planners to take advantage of thousands of available jobs in this expanding profession. There is also the possibility to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy the benefits of owning your own business. Distinguish yourself by expanding your knowledge, competence, and professional status. Grow your own client base by offering a wider range of services and be in charge of your own financial future.