Even if you feel competent enough to develop a plan of your own, a financial advisor can act as a sounding board for your ideas and help you focus on your goals, using his or her broad knowledge of areas such as estate planning and investments.
Specifically, a financial advisor or planner may help you:
- Set financial goals
- Determine the state of your current financial affairs by reviewing your income, assets, and liabilities, evaluating your insurance coverage and your investment portfolio, assessing your tax obligations, and examining your estate plan
- Develop a plan to help meet your financial goals which addresses your current financial weaknesses and builds on your financial strengths
- Make recommendations about specific products and services
- Monitor your plan and periodically evaluate its progress
- Adjust your plan to help meet your changing financial goals and to accommodate changing investment markets or tax laws