Financial Advisor, Planner, Wealth Manager, President. That's a lot of titles to describe just one job. And that's before you get to the alphabet soup of designations that come after a financial planner's title-do you know your REBC from your CEBS, your CIMA from your CMA, and your PFS from your RFC? Quick, what's the difference between a CFA and a CFS?

There's a dizzying array of different names and titles in use in the industry with their usage - and meaning - far from standardized. Most titles are somewhat open to interpretation, and the actual responsibilities they describe may vary widely from firm to firm.

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