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How to Choose a Financial Advisor

In my years of helping people invest, I have noticed that there are two types of financial advisors. The first type is the one that will do or say anything to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, this seems to be the majority among advisors. They will sell you the most lucrative product, regardless of whether it meets your needs.

 

Another type of advisor is one that truly cares about your needs. Even though these advisors may disagree about the best way to proceed, they can and will still help you. We'll get to that in a moment. Companies looking for smart, caring, and thoughtful financial advisors can consider opting for deVere Insights. They have different opinions about what constitutes a good investment. 

How can you tell the difference between an advisor who is just trying to make a quick buck and one who truly cares?  Don't accept anything as fact. Do your research. Talk to the advisor about your goals and discuss them. This is not a job interview. Your advisor is an employee.

You should be able to identify the ones that are trying to hide information or hype up a particular investment. Once you have narrowed the list down, it is time to choose the advisor that best matches your goals and values. This can be the most challenging and also the most important task.

Let's take the variable annuity as an example. I have written extensively about the issues I see in variable annuities. Each time I write an article, I receive several emails from financial advisers. They are obviously very sincere and have a lot more integrity than me. However, they disagree with my position. They'll present a well-thought-out argument to support their case.

It has been a constant question of mine: How can we have the best interests of our clients and come to opposing conclusions? This situation keeps presenting itself to me time after time. It all boils down to what you value, and what your priorities are.

Investing is a process of managing a number of trade-offs. It is all about balancing risk with reward. There are many ways to achieve this goal. A financial advisor who is focused on safety and security and never loses a penny for his clients will likely recommend safe, low-yielding investments such as bonds and CDs. A

different advisor will, however, recommend something else. While a CPA may be more concerned about minimizing taxes this year, I might recommend that you convert a traditional IRA into a Roth. Both of these are sincere and attentive to your needs. 




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