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RICP- What is it??

Tom has earned and added a very important credential to his business- the RICP designation, aligning his firm with the most up-to-date best interest business practices as required by the new fiduciary rule, as issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

RICP-What is it?

RICP stands for Retirement Income Certified Professional.

 The RICP® program offers relevant solutions to modern retirement income planning scenarios ranging from the common to the complex. Additionally, in response to the U.S. Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule, The College's expert faculty have updated the RICP® curriculum to reflect the changing landscape of the financial services environment

In short- Retirement income planning places the focus on transitioning from asset accumulation to creating a sustainable livelihood for clients in retirement. Advisors without this knowledge — or those who have a single-product solution or limited approach — will rapidly fall behind.


The American College of Financial Services is the premier educational institution dedicated to the development of financial services professionals. The College has worked tirelessly to educate our nation's advisors, to help them raise the level of their service, and to ensure that society can rely on a profession built on trust. Graduates and designees of The American College of Financial Services have studied, have passed rigorous exams, and have proven that they not only have the technical knowledge to serve their clients, but have sworn to practice ethically and in the best interest of the people they serve. Holders of the RICP® designation are required to complete ongoing continuing education and participate in the Professional Recertification Program. We look to our graduates, designees, students, and future leaders, to earn the trust of your clients, to represent the legacy of this institution, to proudly, "Carry the Shield."





Thomas Bucklin, RICP®

Fortress Financial

41 Old Oyster Point Rd, STE G

Newport News, VA 23602

Phone: 757-283-5307

Fax: 757-750-0052



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     *Planning to retire soon or know someone considering retirement?  We can assist in making this transition a smooth one by reviewing company retirement plans and offering financial advice for this new phase.


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Thomas Bucklin, Registered Principal offering securities through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. A Broker/Dealer. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative offering advisory services through Capital Investment Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor, Cambridge, Capital Investment Advisors, and Fortress Financial are separate and unrelated companies.

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