Maybe you have reservations about consulting a financial advisor because you’re uncertain about what to expect. Here are some common misconceptions about financial advisors, and the truth behind them:

  • Most people don’t need financial advisors — While it’s true that you may have the knowledge and ability to manage your own finances, the financial world grows more intricate every day. A qualified financial advisor has the expertise to help you navigate a steady path towards your financial goals.
  • All financial advisors are the same — Financial advisors are not covered by uniform state or federal regulations, so there can be a considerable disparity in their qualifications and business practices. Some may specialize in one area such as investment planning, while others may sell a specific range of products, such as insurance. A qualified financial advisor generally looks at your finances as an interrelated whole, and can help you with many of your financial needs.
  • Financial advisors serve only the wealthy — Some advisors do only take on clients with a minimum amount of assets to invest. Many, however, only require that their clients have at least some discretionary income.
  • Financial advisors are only interested in comprehensive plans — Financial advisors generally prefer to offer advice within the context of a client’s current situation and overall financial goals. But financial advisors frequently help clients with specific matters such as rolling over a retirement account or developing a realistic budget.
  • Financial planners aren’t worth the expense — Like other professionals, financial advisors receive compensation for their services, and it’s important for you to understand how they’re paid. But a good financial advisor may help you save and earn more than you’ll pay in fees.

 

Contact us today for a financial review.  Manuel A. Martinez is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ focused on helping families and small businesses in the Charleston South Carolina area. The following information is reprinted with permission from Forefield, Inc. Copyright 2006-2012.