Before we choose a financial advisor, we should know that they are in for the profit and there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as they do their work and allow us to save or earn more money. Good advices are often worth more than the $10K fees, if they allow us to make or save $100K. Financial advisors should be able to explain their arguments and they should be able to assure us why the financial program will work. There are thousands of possible investment and financial options out there. However, we should be quite suspicious, if these advisors recommend products or financial services that they endorse. Good advisors should make plans that are designed based on our own products and services, not theirs. We should expect them to ask plenty of questions related to our objectives, goals and situations. After a short period of times, advisors must be able to get detailed and comprehensive pictures about us. They need to think like doctors and their plans should be designed to cure financial problems efficiently and directly.
Eventually, their investment plans should make sense and must be based on our situations, products and services. Determining a good plan is easier said and done. This is especially true if we don’t get all the necessary nuances that allow us to get information about everything. If we want advisors to help us minimize taxes legally, it is important for us to know whether alternatives are acceptable. A plan should have a good amount of consistency and simplicity to it. The plan shouldn’t be related to anything radical that’s performed in a short period of time. It should be about more gradual changes for a period of time. Some very experienced financial advisors know that financial conditions depend on emotional reactions. In this case, these advisors should be able to calm us and able to direct us towards suitable emotional responses. Some bad advisors could actually push their clients incessantly with their plans and they scare their clients about the prospect of financial calamities if their plan isn’t performed properly.
Lastly, we shouldn’t choose advisors based on their ambitious claims that they will be able to turn us into millionaires in no time. Obviously, this is an absurd way to choose a trusted advisor. We shouldn’t trust people who say they will be able to beat the commonly accepted financial predictions. Although it is a good idea to think outside the box, it is obviously unacceptable to choose advisors based on their promises. While there could be a few gifted individuals who could succeed no matter how reckless they are during investing, we should make sure that the advisor prudently balances risks and gains.
We should also determine whether or not the financial advisor is ethical. In fact, it is better to choose advisors with strong ethics with average investing ideas, than someone who has excellent investing capability, but less than decent ethics. Unfortunately, ethics may linger in the gray area and it’s difficult to tell whether a method is ethical.