Finding the right financial advisor is extremely important as your choice will affect your financial future. It is always beneficial to seek the advice of a qualified financial advisor to guide you in reaching your financial goals. Below are ten questions to ask several financial advisors, to help you in choosing one:
This will expose the type of interpersonal style the advisor uses. Styles could be conversational, methodical, strategic or relationship focused. Some clients are not looking for their financial advisor to be their friend and may prefer a direct and formal process.
This will help you discover if the advisor has a natural interest in solving your problems and helping you reach your goals.
This will help you understand how important it is for the advisor to stay current.
Often you will be dealing with your financial advisors’ team and it’s important to know their level of skill and experience.
This will help you understand how the financial advisor is naturally motivated to invest his or her time and attention.
This will also help you understand if the advisor will potentially enjoy working with you.
Often retirement, tax and estate planning requires working in a team of multi-disciplined advisors to get the optimum results. Some financial advisors do not have this sort of experience and may find this sort of collaboration uncomfortable.
This is important to discover how the advisor handles his or her own relationship with money and whether your philosophy about money is mutually aligned.
This is important to discover so you can get an example of what the financial advisor sees as important elements of a successful professional relationship.
It is important to be able to have clear and honest communications. Can the advisor have difficult conversations that may be required to keep his / her clients on the right track?
The above 10 questions will help you interview and evaluate financial advisors to find a competent, qualified professional with whom you feel comfortable and whose advising style suits your needs.