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Financial Planning Forum

Growing the Financial Planning profession

As a CISI member you are welcome to join one, or all, of our nine free Professional Forums. Forum events are conducted under the Chatham House Rule and provide the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, listen to presentations from practitioners in the profession, engage in open discussion and share ideas and concerns in a confidential setting.

Financial Planning Forum

The Financial Planning Forum is a strong network of professionals who are practicing Financial Planners or those who have an interest in Financial Planning. Run by its own committee comprising practitioners in the field who work closely with the CISI on the overall financial planning strategy, plan forthcoming events, identify areas of interest and source speakers. The forum events – run under Chatham House Rule – provide the opportunity to network with colleagues, listen to Financial Planning focused presentations, engage in open discussion, receive relevant information from us to assist your day to day activities and finally to share ideas and challenges in a confidential setting. The Forum aims to run at least six London based events a year as well as championing all things Financial Planning to wider general public audience including national campaigns such as Financial Planning week. This Forum is open to all CISI members - Chartered members, FCSI, MCSI, ACSI and Affiliate members.

Forum benefits

  • CISI members with all levels of experience and seniority are welcome
  • Speakers are leading professional specialists
  • Programmes are designed to meet the specific needs of the membership
  • Engagement counts towards your annual CPD target, as attendance hours are automatically logged if you use the CISI CPD Scheme
  • Light lunch included and an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals


Members of the Financial Planning Professional Forum can also join the CISI LinkedIn group where you can read, comment and talk to us via this interactive online platform. We always like to hear your views, and to understand where we might assist you with your professional development.

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Opportunities to get involved

Would you like to get involved in the Financial Planning events or programme? We have a number of opportunities for individuals to volunteer to contribute to the various activities we run during the year please contact to find out how you can give back.

FPSB Ambassador Programme

The FPSB (Financial Planning Standards Board) has a new Ambassador Programme which is aimed at encouraging CFP professionals around the world to engage stakeholders with messages on the value of financial planning and CFP certification; in doing so the programme will benefit the public by raising the awareness of financial planning and raising awareness of the designation. The role of an ambassador is to communicate the importance of financial planning alongside the need for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™s by spreading the word through the media and local branch meetings.

  1. Media experts – the CISI receives a number of financial planning related requests every year which are usually responded to by our Head of Financial Planning, Jacqueline Lockie. With the introduction of the Ambassador Programme, the CISI see these media requests as an opportunity to get CFPs involved within the media to provide quotes/information on several specialist topics. As the aim is to promote the designation, the media requests would have to be settled by a CFP with subject specialisms and information on the topics that the national press regularly ask for.
  2. Mentoring scheme – to grow the number of CFPs within the UK, the Ambassador Programme will see the introduction of a mentoring scheme which comprises of volunteer CFP mentors willing to provide training and support to financial planners as they gain their CFP designation. There have been a number of successful mentoring programmes within financial planning and we hope to involve as many existing CFPs as possible to help grow the designation and provide their expert advice.
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  3. Community of speakers – The CISI are looking for volunteer CFP™ professionals who would be willing to speak at local branch meetings and events on a range of topics. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information

Financial Planning Forum News

  • Join us for an investment webinar on Thursday 6 December

    Nov 22, 2018
    Please join us from 3.00pm - 3.45pm on Thursday, 6 December 2018 for a quarterly update from Head of Multi Asset at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), Trevor Greetham.
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  • Slow And Steady Wins The Race

    Nov 18, 2018
    My favourite one liner is, “Don’t learn the tricks of the trade, learn the trade.”
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  • IPOs are good for companies. They can be even better for investors.

    Nov 12, 2018
    Everyone loves a good initial public offering. The buzz over hot new listings and the stories of runaway successes have been fuelling investors’ optimism for generations. Yet, even though everyone knows what IPOs are, people rarely invest in them. Sometimes, if a company’s product has a large consumer following, like in the cases of Facebook or Tesla, a larger crowd gets in on the action. But more commonly, it’s mostly professional investors who are in the know. And even then, a traditional mutual-fund investment portfolio will typically hold only a handful of newly-listed or spun-off companies.
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  • Residential property – a resilient investment for uncertain times

    Nov 12, 2018
    Homeowners tend to buy residential property with a mortgage, which makes it a relatively volatile investment due to the leverage effect from borrowing. However, investing in residential property without the borrowing has surprisingly low volatility, and downturns in previous market corrections were far less severe than with other investment asset classes.
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  • Autumn Budget analysis webinar – claim 40 minutes of CPD time.

    Nov 12, 2018
    Watch our webinar to hear industry experts Steven Cameron and Tony Wickenden discuss the budget’s savings considerations and tax and financial planning opportunities.
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  • A new reality

    Oct 29, 2018
    If it’s important to leave a legacy, your drawdown clients are likely to dismiss guaranteed income for life (GIfL). The common perception is that annuities may offer some protection on death, through guaranteed periods or value protection, but over the long term they’re not as effective as other solutions.
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