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What do you think I should consider when choosing a financial advisor?


When choosing a financial advisor, consider their qualifications, experience, services offered, and fee structure. It's also vital to ensure they are fiduciary, meaning they are legally obligated to act in your best interest.

 

 

How do I verify a financial advisor's credentials?


 You can verify a financial advisor's credentials through various regulatory bodies. For example, in the U.S., you can use the SEC's Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) website. Also, check if they hold any certifications like CFP (Certified Financial Planner) or CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).

 

What is the difference between a fee-based and a fee-only financial advisor?

 

A fee-only advisor earns money solely from the fees paid by their clients, while a fee-based advisor may also earn commissions from selling financial products. Fee-only advisors are often seen as more unbiased because their income doesn't depend on selling specific products.

 

How often should I meet with my financial advisor?


The frequency of meetings with your financial advisor can depend on your financial situation and goals. However, it's common to have at least an annual review. During periods of significant economic change, more frequent meetings may be beneficial.

 

What questions should I ask a potential financial advisor?


Some important questions to ask a potential financial advisor include: What is your investment philosophy? How do you handle risk? How are you compensated? Can you provide references from other clients? What services do you offer beyond investment management?

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