Check a Credential

One financial advisor buys a fake credential and uses it to deceive you into believing he is a financial expert. Another advisor spends years studying and taking examinations. You need a fast, easy way to check the quality of advisor credentials.

Why Buy Fake Credentials?

Bad advisors have to convince you they are financial experts. Plus, they have to compete with the real experts. They buy fake credentials, the same way they buy fake degrees, to look more knowledgeable than they really are.

Why Earn Real Credentials?

High quality certification programs are the best way for advisors to acquire specialized financial knowledge in shorter time periods.

Where are the Regulators?

Industry regulations do not require disclosure for fake credentials. You have to protect your financial interests. One of the easiest ways to identify and avoid bad advisors is to check their credentials before you buy what they are selling. 

Why does this Deception work?

Bad advisors know very few investors will take the time to check the quality of their credentials.

Seniors Beware!

Advisors who use fake credentials target seniors. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says there are 50 fake or misleading credentials that target seniors. If you are a senior, don't buy until you have checked the quality of the advisor's credentials.  

Free, Fast & Easy

Paladin makes checking the quality of advisor credentials fast and easy.

  • We have researched 260 advisor certifications and designations
  • We produce a report and quality rating for each credential 
  • You input the letters of the credential (CPA)
  • You review the rating and the report
  • You avoid advisors who use fake, discontinued, or low quality credentials
  • You select advisors who earned highly rated credentials

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