Big figure: 153,376

According to FPSB data, this is a rise of 5500, or 3.76 per cent, since the end of 2012.

The two main growth regions were the US and the People’s Republic of China, which grew by 1886 and 1782 new certified professionals respectively over the past year.

The third largest member organisation was Japan, which added 628 CFP professionals, the data showed.

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