Ian Welham – RFC®
Direct Line: (201) 647-0688
Founding Partner – Sage Financial Partners
Ian is the author of two books and a nationally known expert on retirement planning, college planning, and Social Security.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in England, Ian became Chief Financial Officer of a Barcelona-based publicly traded company. He also held CEO and COO positions in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA.
As a Registered Financial Consultant, Ian originally co-founded Sage Financial Partners to help friends and contemporaries navigate the most important stage of their financial life: retirement planning.
“I noticed that people in their 50’s and 60’s were still managing their assets as if they were 25 years old,” says Ian. “That’s a mistake that exposes them to unnecessary risk. As we edge closer to retirement, we need to focus more on risk management and income generation.”
Ian is a regular guest on TV, radio and in the press, including AOL Finance, WPIX Channel 11, News12 NJ, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Daily Beast, and Home News Tribune.
He and his wife Linda have been married for 30 years and have twin daughters, Heather and Francesca. He is a devoted Manchester United “football” fan, and an avid golfer.
Registered Financial ConsultantSM or RFC Professional Designation
The Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) designation is a certification awarded by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC), a non-profit professional organization. To be eligible, financial practitioners must possess a baccalaureate or graduate degree in financial planning services or hold one of the following professional degrees or designation: AAMS, CFA, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CPA, EA, JD. Alternatively, a candidate may complete a CFP-equivalent course at an accredited institution or an IARFC approved curriculum and passed a written examination. Each applicant must have at least four years of professional experience in the field of financial planning or financial services, meet local licensing requirements, and adhere to the RFC Code of Ethics. The RFC designation requires 40 hours of Continuing Education every year, including two hours of business ethics every two years.
International Association of Registered Financial Consultants
National Social Security Advisor Certificate
Earners of the National Social Security Advisor Certificate have demonstrated the required knowledge necessary to assist clients in reviewing the many options that are available when receiving Social Security benefits, as well as provide objective and unbiased Social Security education to the public. These earners are professional advisors who advise clients, colleagues, and others on the Social Security program and related benefits for adults aged 60-70.
National Social Security Association
FINRA recognizes the use of the NSSA Designation requiring 8 hours of course study, a proctored exam, and a 16-hour continuing education requirement every 2 years to stay current on Social Security issues and regulation changes.