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Financial Advisor: A Few Words Of Caution

Everyone wants to have a financially secure future. But for many that may just seem like a dream that they might not achieve. To ensure that you do have a secure financial future you need someone that can give you some unbiased, educated personal financial advice… a financial advisor. He/she provides financial advice as to your financial situation, how to make it better or how to protect what you already have at a fee.

Hire A Financial Advisor

When you are looking to hire a financial advisor to help you with your finances, you will want someone that is qualified, trustworthy and someone that you like.

You can ask friends, co-workers or family members if they use a financial advisor and could possibly recommend one. It is always good to try an advisor that has been recommended. As you know that if your friends or family use an advisor, then they can tell you if they are good at their job and if they are trustworthy.

Use A Bank’s Financial Advisor

You can also ask your bank or local credit union as they may have advisors on their own staff. If they don’t they may be able to recommend one. If your bank has financial advisors on their staff then they may try to sell you their own products. So you do need to be careful that those products or services actually suit your needs.

You need to find out as much as you can about any product or service that they recommend. So that you have a good understanding of how you can benefit from it. If you don’t think it is beneficial to you then you might need to go elsewhere for financial advice.

What Can A Financial Advisor Do For You?

A good financial advisor will be able to help you grow your current assets and also protect those assets. When looking for an advisor, don’t just rush in and hire the first one that you see. It is a good idea to visit a few advisors and ‘interview’ them.

A financial advisor is working for you, after all, so you have every right to ask as many questions as you need to ask to feel comfortable hiring them. You also want to find out that they are actually qualified to do the job you are hiring them for. When you are asking questions, you should ask them whether they are an independent or a tied advisor.

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Independent Advisor Vs Tied Advisor

An independent advisor works for a number of different companies and has a much larger range of products or services to offer you. When they go over your financial situation with you and get an understanding of your current needs, then they can find the best product or service that will suit you.

Just be careful as some independent advisors will recommend the products or services that will give them the highest commission, rather than the one that is best suited to you. To avoid this just ask questions so you can get a good understanding of the product and whether it will benefit you or not.

A tied advisor works for a single company and as such can only sell products or services offered by that company. The disadvantage of a tied advisor is that the range of products and services they have to offer is much smaller. And also they may recommend their own products or services when there might be a better option for you elsewhere. But because they are tied to that company they cannot recommend the other options to you.

So both independent and tied financial advisors have their pros and cons. And with either one, you need to have some knowledge so you know that you are getting the best deal. Find out as much as you can about any service or product that they recommend. And have a good think about it before making a decision.

Now is the time to start taking care of your money and thinking about the future. Seeking personal financial advice can help you to set financial goals. And work toward achieving those goals so you can have a secure financial future for yourself and your family.

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