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How to choose a financial advisor

Helping you feel more confident when choosing your financial advisor.
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Services Provided by Financial Advisors

If you have wondered what financial advisors actually do or what services they provide, this guide is for you!
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AdvisorFinder Team
11 Jan 2022
5 min read
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How much money do you need before hiring an advisor

It's probably a lot less than you might think! Advisors can help clients of...
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AdvisorFinder Team
11 Jan 2022
7 min read
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Why work with a financial advisor

According to industry data, working with a financial advisor can add about 3% in returns per year on average.
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AdvisorFinder Team
11 Jan 2022
6 min read
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Fees & Pricing

How much does it cost to work with a financial advisor

There are various fees and pricing models, but it's probably less than...
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AdvisorFinder Team
11 Jan 2022
4 min read
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The certification process is rigorous and comprehensive, ensuring that professionals have the knowledge...
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AdvisorFinder Team
11 Jan 2022
7 min read
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What is a Fiduciary Financial Advisor

This type of advisor operates under a fiduciary standard, which is the highest legal duty of care in the industry.
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AdvisorFinder Team
14 Feb 2023
4 min read

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about working with a financial advisor or planner.

How much does it cost to work with an advisor?

Well, it depends on what services your advisor is providing. Advisors charge different fees and have unique pricing models. Read our quick guide to fees & pricing here.

Can I meet with an advisor for free?

Of course. Visit the AdvisorFinder marketplace to schedule a free consultation with an advisor from any firm. Research and compare your options before choosing an advisor to meet with and scheduling a call.

Contact our team if you need any help.

What is financial planning?

Financial planning is the process of creating a comprehensive strategy to help you manage your money and achieve your financial goals. It involves evaluating your current financial situation, setting realistic and achievable financial goals, and developing a plan to help you reach those goals.

Financial planning typically includes analyzing your income, expenses, and assets to determine your current financial position. It also involves assessing your risk tolerance, reviewing your investment portfolio, and creating a budget to help you manage your expenses. Once you have a clear understanding of your financial situation, you can set specific, measurable, and achievable goals. These goals may include saving for retirement, paying off debt, buying a house, or funding your children's education.

Finally, financial planning involves creating a plan to achieve these goals. This may involve making changes to your spending habits, increasing your income, or adjusting your investment strategy. The goal is to create a sustainable and effective financial plan that helps you achieve your objectives while minimizing risk and maximizing returns.

What is investment management?

Investment management is the professional management of various securities (such as stocks, bonds, real estate, and other financial assets) and other assets with the goal of meeting specific investment objectives for the benefit of the investors. Investment management can be part of an overall financial plan.

Investment managers or fund managers use their knowledge, expertise, and resources to make informed investment decisions on behalf of their clients. Investment management typically involves a range of activities such as researching and analyzing financial markets and investment opportunities, monitoring investments and managing risks, making buy and sell decisions, and reporting on performance to clients. The goal of investment management is to maximize returns while minimizing risk within a given investment strategy.

Investment managers are expected to follow ethical and legal guidelines in managing their clients' assets and are often subject to regulatory oversight. The industry is highly competitive, and investment managers are typically compensated through management fees based on the size of the assets they manage, as well as performance fees based on the returns generated for their clients.

What does a financial advisor do?

A financial advisor provides professional advice and guidance to individuals or organizations seeking assistance with financial planning, investment management, and other financial matters. Their goal is to help their clients achieve their financial objectives and manage their finances more effectively.

A financial advisor can provide a range of services. It's important to determine what you need help with from your financial advisor because not all advisors offer the same services. Below is a list of some of the services financial advisors may provide:

Financial planning: Creating a comprehensive financial plan that takes into account the client's goals, income, expenses, assets, and liabilities.

Investment management: Developing and implementing an investment strategy that aligns with the client's risk tolerance, financial goals, and time horizon.

Retirement planning: Helping clients plan for retirement by estimating retirement income needs, identifying savings and investment opportunities, and developing a withdrawal strategy.

Tax planning: Advising clients on strategies to minimize tax liabilities and optimize tax efficiency.

Estate planning: Helping clients create an estate plan that distributes assets according to their wishes and minimizes estate taxes.

Risk management: Identifying and mitigating financial risks, such as the loss of income due to disability or death.

Financial advisors may specialize in one or more of these areas or provide a more comprehensive range of services. They can work independently or as part of a larger financial firm. Ultimately, a financial advisor's role is to provide guidance and support to help their clients make informed decisions about their finances and achieve their financial goals.

What questions should I ask a financial advisor?

When meeting with a financial advisor, it's important to ask questions that will help you understand their experience, services, and approach to financial planning. Here are some questions you may want to ask your financial advisor:

1) What are your qualifications and experience as a financial advisor?
2) How do you typically work with clients?
3) Do you offer ongoing support or one-time advice?
4) What is your communication style? How often will we meet or communicate?
5) What services do you offer? Do you specialize in any areas of financial planning?
6) How do you create a financial plan for clients? What factors do you consider?
7) What is your investment philosophy? How do you select investments for clients?
8) What fees do you charge? Are there any hidden fees or charges?
9) What is your approach to risk management and asset allocation?
10) How do you stay up-to-date on financial trends and changes in the industry?
11) Can you provide references or testimonials from current or past clients?

These questions can help you assess whether a financial advisor is a good fit for your needs and goals. Ask follow-up questions or ask for clarification if something isn't clear. A good financial advisor should be able to explain their services and approach in a way that you can understand and feel comfortable with. Good luck in your search!

What are red flags about a financial advisor?

Some red flags to look out for when working with a financial advisor:

High-pressure sales tactics: If the advisor is pressuring you to invest quickly or is making promises that seem too good to be true, it's a warning sign that they may not have your best interests at heart.

Lack of transparency: If the advisor is hesitant to disclose fees or is not clear about the products they are recommending, it may be a sign that they are trying to hide something.

Lack of credentials: Make sure the advisor is properly licensed and has the appropriate credentials. If they are unable to provide this information or are evasive about their qualifications, it's a warning sign.

Conflicts of interest: If the advisor is recommending products or services that benefit them more than you, it's a conflict of interest and a warning sign.

Poor communication: If the advisor is difficult to get in touch with or doesn't respond to your questions and concerns in a timely manner, it may be a sign that they are not committed to providing you with the support you need.

Unreasonable guarantees: If the advisor promises high returns with no risk, it's a warning sign that they may be making unrealistic promises.

Remember, your financial well-being is at stake, and it's important to work with an advisor who has your best interests at heart. If you notice any of these red flags, consider seeking advice from another advisor or financial professional.

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