Nichols certified as financial planner

Staff report

LAURINBURG — City native Melanie Nichols recently received a national professional certification as a financial planner.

Nichols, who has worked with Granville Financial, Inc. in Pinehurst since 2009, is now licensed by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

She specializes in comprehensive financial planning, including wealth management, insurance, estate planning, retirement planning, charitable giving and business succession planning. Nichols earned her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and her master’s degree in trust and wealth management from Campbell University.

The CFP marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed comprehensive financial planning education and have passed the CFP Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

CFP professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

Granville Financial, Inc. is an independent financial planning firm and is located at 110-C Applecross Road in Pinehurst. For more information, call 800-606-2262 or visit

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