Questions To Ask When Hiring a Fiduciary Financial Adviser

Financial advisers are becoming an increasingly important part of young people's lives and their retirement plans. They provide you and others like you with the guidance they need to stay financially sound and to avoid dangerous financial concerns. When hiring a fiduciary financial adviser, you are getting access to someone who fully understand the nature of investment and money management. You are also hiring a professional who is fully invested in your success and who will do what they can to maximize your profits. They will place your money into savings accounts, trusts, and other places to help it grow to its largest possible level. When hiring a fiduciary financial adviser, it is important to sit down and ask some very important questions. These questions can help you better understand not just what you're getting into with your adviser, but how they can help you achieve the financial stability that you deserve.

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  1. What Is A Money Manager?
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    If a fiduciary financial adviser calls themselves a "money manager," there's a chance that they won't be the person who is watching your account. They may be a middle man between you and another adviser. This kind of non-transparent business model should be avoided at all costs

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  2. Can Financial Advisers Also Do Stocks?
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    While financial advisers likely have some experience with stock investment, they are typically not experts in the field. Instead they are designed to help give you advice on the best way to invest your money and how to pin-point accurate and reliable investment options. Think of them as a personal guide through a confusing financial situation.

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  3. When Is It Not A Good Idea To An Adviser?
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    People who have less than $10,000 to invest typically don't benefit much from a financial adviser. Why? Their fees are likely to cut into this savings and make it difficult to make a lot of money. That's not to say that they can't be useful, but that it may be hard for these people to afford them.

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  4. Are There Rules They Must Follow?
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    All fiduciary financial advisers must follow rules and laws that help ensure they follow the interests of their clients, not their own. For example, the Obama administration passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 that made it necessary for the SEC to create tight regulations to prevent financial crises, like the one in 2008.

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  5. Do You Have To Follow Their Suggestions?
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    A good financial adviser will have suggestions and ideas for your monetary investment, but should never make any decisions without your approval. When financial advisers take your money, and use it to make investments around you, they are breaking the law. You never have to follow their advice without approving fully of it.

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  6. In What Ways Do You Pay For Services?
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    Payment to fiduciary financial advisers typically come in two ways: by-the-hour or one-time payments for each visit. By-the-hour advisers can be expensive because they will charge you every time you meet. However, fee-based advisers may be confusing to some because of the variance of their fees. Talk to your advisers before making a hiring choice to find which method they prefer.

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  7. Should You Do A Background Check On A Company?
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    Absolutely. This should include reading reviews by customers online, checking their criminal record, and doing anything else you need to do to ensure they are on the level. You're not likely to run into any problems with 90 percent of financial advisers. However, that small percentage of criminal element will give the rest of them a bad name and make you swear off them forever.

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  8. How Do Financial Advisers Get Paid?
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    Fiduciary financial advisers get nearly all their income from their clients. If yours talks about his "boss" or about "getting paid" from another source, you may have a money manager on your hand or a broker. Brokers often get paid through a larger firm and these multiple sources of income can create conflicts of interest: keep it as simple as possible.

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