Growth among industry designations is strong, and the number of CPAs specializing in advising clients on personal finance as fiduciaries is rapidly increasing. A broader coalition of professional bodies, including CPAs, would carry more weight with legislative and regulatory bodies and provide protection to consumers, writes Andrew Gluck, founder and CEO of Advisor Products. "The influence CPAs have on financial planning professionals and the nation's 67,000 CFPs is thus likely to grow in the years ahead," Gluck writes. CPAs specializing in tax, estate, retirement, risk management and investments have access to resources, advocacy and education from the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Section.

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