Check a Credential

A high percentage of financial advisors display three or more letters after their names. The letters can be degrees, certifications, or designations. A small percentage of advisors display large numbers of letters after their names - ten letters or more.

Some advisors earned the letters. They spent years studying and passing extensive, proctored examinations to obtain credentials that make them experts in their fields. 

Other advisors bought credentials the same way they may have purchased fake degrees from diploma mills. This is a deceptive sales practice. These advisors want you to believe they are real experts.

How do they get away with it. First of all, there is no industry regulation requires disclousre for this abusive sales practice. Second, advisors know you have no easy way to validate the quality of their credentials.

This means you are on your own, until now!

Check a Credential

Paladin has research more than 250 certifications and designations that are used by financial advisors. We have produced a report and a quality rating for each credential.

All you enter are the letters of the name of the credential to view the report and ratings.

The service is FREE and there are no registration requirements!


Many advisors target seniors with this deceptive sales tactic. The Consumer Protection Bureau says there are more 50 fake credentials that target seniors.

If you are a senior, don't sign any documents until you have validated the quality of the advisor's credentials.  

New Credentials

You may see a certification that is not listed in Paladin's database. Submit the certification to us and we will research it for you. There is no charge for this service. A report will be published on this website in three business days or less.

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