Depending on how you define it, the modern profession of financial planning is perhaps 40 years old. A persistent debate among planners - and, increasingly, on Capitol Hill - is how to turn the industry into a formally recognized profession with the kind of clout, credentials and protections afforded to the medical and legal fields. The answer to that question will come only over time.
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