Series 65


DEFINITION of 'Series 65'

A securities license required by most U.S. states for individuals who act as investment advisors. The Series 65 exam, called the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, covers laws, regulations, ethics and topics such as retirement planning, portfolio management strategies and fiduciary responsibilities.


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Successful completion of the Series 65 exam qualifies an investment professional to function as an Investment Adviser Representative in certain states. The Series 65 qualification examination has 130 multiple choice questions with three hours of testing time and is administered by FINRA.

Other FINRA administered qualification examinations include Series 3 National Commodity Futures (CR); Series 7 General Securities Representative (GS); and Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law.

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  1. I would like a refund for my Series 63 exam. What should I do?

    The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) rarely refunds the fees paid to sit for the Series 63 exam, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Is there a limit on the number of times I can re-take the Series 63 exam?

    There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake the Series 63 exam. The North American Securities Administrators ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Is a financial advisor required to have a degree?

    Financial advisors are not required to have university degrees. However, they are required to pass certain exams administered ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Can I use my IRA to pay for my college loans?

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  5. Can I use my 401(k) to pay for my college loans?

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