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Looking for a Financial Planner? The Go-To Website Often Omits Red Flags

What they won’t find there is any indication that thousands of the planners bearing the board’s seal of approval have had customer complaints or faced criminal or regulatory problems—often directly related to their work with clients. More than 60 have filed for bankruptcy within the past decade although the website says they haven’t disclosed such an event in the last 10 years.

The LetsMakeAPlan.org site has been presenting more than 6,300 planners without showing such problems even though the planners have disclosed them to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of more than 72,000 profiles on the website.

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The Journal compared data on the LetsMakeAPlan.org site against records kept by Finra, an industry-funded watchdog with legal authority to regulate brokers. […]

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