Those of you familiar with my work know this about me: I’m a big fan of using financial advisors.
The reason: we women are so busy, many of us of don’t have the time, interest, or knowledge to manage our own money (and do it well). Of all the women I’ve interviewed, the ones with the highest networths didn’t necessarily earn (or inherit) the highest income. But the whopping majority did work with financial professionals.
The challenge: how do you find a trustworthy financial advisor?
The strategy: Ask for referrals from people who are happy with their advisors. Or go online to find names of advisors near you. Try these sites:
www.napfa.org — National association of Personal Financial Advisors
www.garrettplanningnetwork.com — the Garrett Planning Network of financial advisors who work for an hourly fee.
www.cfp.net — the website of Certified Financial Planners
The solution: Resist the urge to sign up with the first advisor you meet. Interview at least 3. Ask questions such as these, then go with your gut instinct:
1. Would you tell me about yourself?
2. Do you specialize in certain types of investments?
3. Who are your clients?
4. How do you charge for your services, and what costs might I incur working with you?
5. How often do you communicate with clients, and how often might I expect to hear from you?
6. Have you ever been involved in any lawsuits, arbitration, or disciplinary problems?
7. Is there anything you want me to know about you that I haven’t asked?
Need more help? I’ve written a booklet filled with great advice: Finding A Financial Advisor You Can Trust. You can order it on my website.
I’d love to hear your tips about finding an advisor.