“FPSB is pleased to welcome FİNANSAL PLANLAMA DERNEĞİ (FPSB Turkey) to our global membership,” said Steve Helmich, 2014 FPSB Board Chairperson. “FPSB Turkey is the first professional body in that territory focused on establishing financial planning as a profession, and it has assembled an impressive group of individuals and organizations to support development of the CFP certification program,” he said. “FPSB looks forward to supporting FPSB Turkey in its efforts to establish a CFP certification program to benefit the citizens of Turkey looking to take control of their financial futures.”
“We believe the time is right to introduce financial planning in Turkey,” said Alparslan Budak, Vice Chairman of FPSB Turkey. “People in Turkey are living longer and need the services of highly qualified financial planning professionals to help them prepare for retirement. In addition, in 2013, Turkey’s Capital Markets Board named financial planning as an ancillary service that could be provided by investment companies. FPSB Turkey will work to lead the profession by establishing and localizing FPSB’s high standards for financial planning through Turkey’s CFP certification program,” he said.
At present, financial planning does not exist as a professional practice in Turkey. FPSB Turkey’s mission is to introduce and develop the financial planning profession in Turkey, while ensuring the highest level of professional integrity among its members. Membership categories include financial services firms, individuals who have achieved or aspire to achieve CFP certification, and individuals that provide exceptional contributions to the purpose and goals of FPSB Turkey.
FPSB is a nonprofit association that establishes, upholds and promotes worldwide professional standards in financial planning. Governed by an international board of directors, FPSB is supported by the FPSB Council, an advisory and consulting body to FPSB’s governing body that is comprised of representatives from the 26 organizational members of FPSB. As an FPSB Associate Member, FPSB Turkey does not have voting rights within the FPSB Council, nor is it authorized to grant individuals the right to use the CFP Marks.
FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs for financial planning organizations to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, Certified Financial Planner and CFP Logo Mark. FPSB has a nonprofit member organization in the following 26 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2013, there were 153,376 CFP professionals worldwide. For more, visit fpsb.org.