Why should I work with Murdock Banner Financial Group?
One of the most significant benefits of working with Murdock Banner Financial Group is our unique, team approach to financial planning. Choosing an advisor is a decision that should be made with careful thought and consideration. It will be a relationship as important as choosing a doctor or dentist. Where you trust your doctor with your physical needs, we are entrusted with your financial needs. These needs will grow and become more important as your life and goals change over time. In addition, you are also getting the advice of not one, but four seasoned advisors with varying areas of experience. This unique structure allows us to confidently help you plan for your future. Our advisors each have their own style, but regardless of who you meet with, the service you receive stays the same.
Do you have a minimum amount to open an account?
No. We believe it is never too early or too late to start planning. We have accounts ranging from a $20 per month contribution to accounts where we manage several millions. No matter what your current situation, we will work with you to assess your goals and form a plan appropriate for you.
How experienced are your advisors?
Combined, our team of advisors have over 50 years of financial services experience. Mark Banner, our Senior Advisor (who’s professional designations include CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and Chartered Financial Consultant®), celebrated 20 years at Murdock Banner Financial Group in May 2014 and 30 years in the financial services industry. Craig Coen, who has a Master’s of Business Administration, as well as his Chartered Financial Consultant® designation, has 20 years of industry experience. Carla Curry has worked in the financial services industry for over 22 years, and Chad Appleton has been a practicing advisor for 6 years.
What if I move away from the Warrensburg area and can’t meet in office for my reviews?
We will make it work! We have clients in 43 states and are able to service each just the same as if they were here in central Missouri. Our advisors are able to review with you over the phone. Phone reviews are also a great option for those on the go who’s schedules do not allow for an in office review even located nearby.
What does it mean to be an independent advisor?
Unlike many other firms or planners, our advice is not dictated by a product provider, meaning, there is no outside business encouraging our advisors to place your money in certain funds or into certain products. This freedom of choice allows our advisors to tailor their planning to your specific goals. In essence, no outside business owns Murdock Banner Financial Group.
Why do professional designations like CFP® matter to me?
To be a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, an advisor must have:
- Bachelor’s degree (or higher)
- Three years of full-time personal financial planning experience
- Pass CFP-board registered program or hold one of the following
o Chartered Life Underwriter
o Ph.D. in business or economics
o Doctor of Business Administration
o Attorney’s License
- Pass 10 hour certification exam
- 30 hours of continuing education every two years
- Ethics requirement
o Commitment to provide personal financial planning in the client's best interest and to act in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards for the practice of financial planning. Evaluated every two years.
The CFP® designation is important to you because it is demonstrates an elevated level of care and commitment for you and your planning and your assets.