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Ilyas Akbar

Ilyas Akbar, CFP® is a Partner at Vital Planning Group, LLC (VPG). He started his career in public accounting with KPMG, and in 2004 transitioned to financial services with AXA Advisors, LLC before coming to Barnum Financial Group in 2014.

Over the last 8 years, Ilyas has assisted individuals and businesses in the development and implementation of strategies to help them meet their long-term financial objectives.  Ilyas’ educational background and professional experience has driven him to use a systematic approach in working with clients to determine their financial goals and investment objectives.

As a member of the VPG team, Ilyas assists clients with comprehensive financial planning that includes retirement, estate planning strategies, asset management platforms, college planning, and risk management. Ilyas’ goal is to empower his clients with the information they require to make sound financial decisions for the long term.

Ilyas has achieved the professional designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Additionally, Ilyas earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He holds the Series 7 & 66 registrations and various insurance licenses, and is a repeat qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table, one of the financial services industry’s top distinctions.

Ilyas holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. Outside of his daily business activities, Ilyas speaks regularly to accounting students at Pace University and Baruch College, is a volunteer for the World of Money and Junior Achievement non profits, supports the Syracuse University NY Regional Leadership Council and mentors high school students through the I-MENTOR program.

Ilyas resides in Harlem, New York and enjoys traveling, exercising, disc jockeying at local events and spending time with his family.


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