Both, Clients and Financial Advisors, need to be on the same page in order to work together effectively. The start of the New Year is a good time to discover whether your resolutions are compatible.

So, whether you are looking for a financial advisor for the first time, reassessing the one you’re working with or looking to work with someone new, be sure to ask to speak with current and past clients of the advisor you are considering working with.  Get as much information about the successes, experience, education and ongoing training of the advisor that you can. If you are reassessing, be honest and tell your current advisor why you are reconsidering the relationship if appropriate. It’s your life and your money, so be committed to understanding everything your advisor suggests before diving in to a specific course of action. If you don’t understand something, keep asking questions until you do understand.

Before interviewing prospective Financial Advisors resolve to know what a client’s objectives are and what the responsibilities of the advisor are in relationship to those objectives.

Client:

-Get a plan

-Beware of Proprietary Products

-Know Your: Fees, Investments, Strategy

-Increase savings target

Financial Advisor:

-Put Plans together for clients

-Become Independent

-Make sure your clients know their: Fees, Investments, Strategy

-Reassess savings amounts to make sure they’re on target

Working with an experienced, successful financial advisor can help you meet and often times exceed your financial goals. Advisors have knowledge of and access to investment strategies and information that the everyday person doesn’t have. Don’t be pushed into proprietary products. This won’t happen when you work with an independent advisor. Here’s wishing you great financial health this year and all the years to come.

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