How to write op-eds for Financial Planning

Financial Planning welcomes contributed op-eds for its Voices section on topics including wealth management trends, regulation, technology and other subjects that directly impact financial planners' business and professional development. We encourage submissions with strong points of view.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting.

Financial Planning values fresh, counterintuitive opinions and insights that draw on the real-world experiences of their authors. We desire a diverse range of voices, experiences and writing styles. Firsthand, first-person observations and anecdotes (grounded by timely facts and statistics where possible) are welcomed and encouraged.

The best way to understand what we like is to read what we publish. (Linked here are some recent examples.) 

We do not publish investment recommendations. We do not accept articles whose sole purpose is to promote a product, service or category of product or service.

Please be certain to disclose any potential conflicts of interest at the time of submission, including any financial ties between an author and any entity he or she is writing about. Should an undisclosed conflict come to our attention, we will immediately remove the article and reserve the right to publish an editor’s note explaining the circumstances to our audience.

Please send all submissions to While we review all submissions, we are not able to respond personally to every email.

  • Submissions should be original content and exclusive to Financial Planning.
  • Please keep submissions to 900 words or less. 
  • Include a short bio, including the author's job title and a very brief description of their company or organization. 
  • Include an engaging, high-resolution (750KB or higher) author photo. 
  • Include social media handles for X (formerly known as Twitter) and LinkedIn for the author and their firm.
  • Provide online links to source materials and other supporting material when relevant; footnotes and corporate disclosures will not be published.
  • Headlines are written by our staff but feel free to suggest your own.

Individuals who submit articles represent that they are the author. Once we accept an article for publication, its copyright transfers to Financial Planning and Arizent and remains so in perpetuity unless otherwise agreed. Published articles may not be republished in full elsewhere without permission. However, we encourage authors and firms to share links and otherwise promote the work via social media, their own websites or blogs, etc.