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Do I Need a Financial Advisor?

The answer to this question will depend on the preferences and circumstances of each individual. As your assets grow and

What is a Financial Advisor?

The term "Financial Advisor" applies to professionals who are compensated for helping to implement investment strategies
What is a Good Financial Advisor?

What is a Good Financial Advisor?

A good financial advisor should care as much about your investments as you do, and be personable and knowledgeable

Where Do I Find a Financial Advisor?

A financial advisor can be found through an online search, at events, or through the recommendation of friends

Do I Need a more Specialized Financial Advisor?

Some advisors have practices that focus on specific types of investments or niche markets

Do I Need an Advisor on a Permanent Basis?

A long-term relationship with one advisor is preferable to many short-term relationships

How do Advisors Charge and How Much Should I Pay?

It depends. There are three commonly used fee structures: fee-only, fee-based, and commission-based

What is a Certified Financial Planner?

A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is a financial advisor capable of investment and insurance/estate planning

What is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)?

An RIA is an asset manager that is registered with the SEC (in whatever state(s) they operate)

What is the Fiduciary Standard?

The Fiduciary Standard stipulates that an advisor must place the client’s best interests first

What is the Suitability Standard?

The suitability standard states that a broker-dealer is obliged to make recommendations that are suitable for their clients

Is there a Benefit to Self-Managing?

An investor may be able to save money in management fees self-managing, but there are also limitations and risks

What is FINRA?

FINRA stands for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and they regulate securities firms in the United States

What is MSCI?

MSCI Inc is a company that is best known for its global indices. MSCI also provides research and pricing capabilities

What is the Series 63?

In order to solicit orders for any type of security, a broker or representative must pass the Series 63 examination

What is the Series 7?

The general securities licensing test required by FINRA is the Series 7 examination

What is an ADV form?

A form ADV can be requested to find out all about the fees and professional backgrounds of a financial advisory firm

What is a Broker-Dealer?

A broker-dealer is an entity that engages in the trading of securities, and can act as both an agent and a principal