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Good to Know: Bonus 2 Months to Study: July CFP Board Exam Postponed

Success is 10% Inspiration and 90% Perspiration.          –Thomas Alva Edison In a move that will either be hailed as prudent or criticized as an over-reaction,  CFP Board postponed the July 2020 CFP® exam to a testing window of September 22-29, 2020.  The author respectfully suggests that prudence cannot be quantified (how do you count…


Why do smart people fail the CFP Board Exam? – 3 Strategies Every Applicant Should Know

Winning is not complicated if you have an effective coach, a disciplined game plan, and motivated players.   What would it feel like to walk into the exam knowing that you have a +84% probability of passing? Students of the Starks BootCampSM use three core strategies for success:   An effective coach prepares you for…


Robbery, Stealth Taxes, and Roth IRAs

Stealth Taxes and Stealth Insurance Premiums can rob tens of thousands of dollars from unwary retirees.   Conventional wisdom would have you believe that choosing the Roth during one’s working years is all about present and estimated future income tax rates.   We may be told to choose the Roth if future taxable income in…

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89% Pass Rate – Starks BootCamp℠ students!

The March 2016 CFP Board Exam included a number of curve balls but students of our review course, The Starks BootCampSM were not fooled. They passed at an 89% rate, consistent with our long-term pass rate of 84%. What 3 things do our students know that others do not? Success requires hard work. An average…


It’s a Brave New World! CFP Board Exam Joins the 21st Century

CFP Board Exam Bravely Tests Alternative Investments


How To Win Points and Influence Scores on the CFP® Exam

In Dale Carnegie’s inspirational business book, How To Win Friends and Influence People, he offers concrete, workable steps that readers are able to actually put into practice and see tangible results.   When you take any kind of review course in preparation for an exam, you want to count on concrete, workable steps that you…