Be Careful When Taking Financial Planning Advice

Organizing and planning your finances is a very stressful part of life and if you aren’t financially minded it can be quite confusing.  When you are planning for the future financially it can be helpful to find a qualified advisor to help.  It is difficult to learn everything on your own as there are just so many options and products available that can help you to reach your financial goals.

A professional financial advisor can help you to plan your future and stay in touch to help you reach your goals, but you do need to be careful when choosing an advisor.  There are some very good financial advisors out there but unfortunately there are also some bad ones.  Some advisors are mainly interested in making a commission and not really concerned about what is best for you.

When you are considering investments you also need to realize that any type of investment has some risk involved and even the best financial planner may not be able to guarantee with any degree of certainty whether an investment will pay off.  If you are looking at investing in the stock market, a good financial planner will let you know of the risks involved.  The stock market fluctuates quite a bit and you can have big profits one week and lose money the next.  Although it is sometimes the luck of the draw, a good stock investor can study the movements of the market and will often be able to predict movements to a degree.

Many financial advisors work on a commission basis and may only get paid when they make a sale.  This doesn’t necessarily make them bad advisors; most of them will still offer good advice.  But there are some that will recommend products solely because they will get a higher commission on the sale.  So you always need to listen to their advice but think about whether this product or service is going to benefit you or benefit them.

It can be helpful to ask the financial advisor what methods of investment he uses himself.  Let’s face it; if he can make money with a certain investment then you should be able to make money with it.  If he can’t make money with the investment advice he is giving you then why would you want to try it?  Is the investment advice he is giving you good enough for him to use it himself?

A good financial planner will sit down with you and give you some different options.  He will explain them to you and tell you all the pros and cons of each one.  He won’t try to push just one product on you, but will give you some choices and from those choices he will work with you to determine which one will best suit your needs.

You want a financial advisor that is giving you good advice and not just selling you a product.  Yes that advice may lead to you purchasing a product or their service, but that’s fine as long as the advice they are giving you is good, solid advice.  You can often tell when an advisor is talking to you whether the advice they are giving sounds genuine or whether it sounds like they are making a sales pitch.

Your future is what is important and you don’t want to just trust anyone with it.  Remember that a financial planner is working for you so you have every right to ask as many questions as you want so you can decide whether this is the planner that you want working for you.  Treat it like an interview if you like and determine whether he is good enough for the job.  Finances can be confusing and you want someone that will help you to not only create a financial goal, but to help you understand what is involved with reaching that goal.

A good financial planner will help you achieve a good financial future!

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