NerdWallet.com personal finance columnist Liz Weston gets it right when she advises a reader on the different types of financial advisors out there. The question from the reader is,
Dear Liz: I have met with a financial adviser, but he wants every investment to go through him. Although he is an adviser, he works for a company and wants me to buy their products. I’m a little resistant about this. What’s your advice?
Liz rightly responds by explaining to her reader that,
Anyone can call himself or herself a financial adviser or a financial planner. There are no education, experience or ethics requirements for using those titles. A more accurate job description for this guy might be “product salesman.” He may not charge you upfront, but he’ll make commissions from those products and will recommend them even if there are better, cheaper options available. If you want someone who puts your interests first, look for a fee-only adviser who’s willing to act as a fiduciary. “Fiduciary” means the adviser promises to act in your best interests. And don’t confuse “fee only” with “fee based.” Fee-only advisers are compensated only by their clients. Fee-based advisers may charge their clients while accepting commissions for the products they recommend. You can get referrals to fee-only advisers from the Garrett Planning Network at www.garrettplanningnetwork.com and the National Association for Personal Financial Advisors at www.napfa.org. If you want someone to give you comprehensive financial planning advice, make sure that he or she has the appropriate credential such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and that you verify the credential with the group that issued it (the CFP Board of Standards for the CFP, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for the PFS).
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