Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor

  • ID: 1294394
  • Book
  • 262 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Practical Guide to Finding Trustworthy Financial Assistance

Getting Started Infinding a Financial Advisor

Given the events of the past two years from bankruptcies to financial scams it′s more important than ever that investors understand who they are hiring to handle their finances.

Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor explores the important relationship between an investor and their financial advisor and examines how you should go about finding potential candidates. Page by page, it shows you how to interview and check the¿credentials of seven key types of advisors, so that you can spot and avoid rogues, scam artists, and incompetents. Along the way, you′ll also learn how to understand what can happen if the institution or advisor you′re with ends up in financial or legal difficulty. Engaging and informative, this timely guide:

  • Helps you determine the kind of advisor best–suited for your situation

  • Explains in detail the issue of fiduciary responsibility of financial advisors, so you can find solid professionals who are on your side

  • Provides essential interview questions, discusses what credentials really mean, and which are important

  • And much more

Most people who give advice about money are trusted without actually having earned that trust. Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor helps you set the highest standards, allowing you to locate professionals who can be trusted to protect your financial well–being and help you prosper.

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: A Soup–To–Nuts Guide on Selecting Your Advisor.

Chapter 1: You Need Financial Help. Now What?

Chapter 2: You Get What You Pay For, and Pay for What You Get.

Chapter 3: The Seven Big Mistakes People Make When Hiring Advisers.

Chapter 4: Why You May Be the Only One You Can Trust.

Chapter 5: Swimming through Alphabet Soup.

Part II: Selecting, Interviewing and Getting Rid of Your Advisor.

Chapter 6: Your First Meeting with an Adviser.

Chapter 7: Interviewing a Financial Planner.

Chapter 8: Interviewing a Broker.

Chapter 9: Interviewing a Money Manager.

Chapter 10: Interviewing Insurance Agents.

Chapter 11: Interviewing an Accountant/Tax Preparer.

Chapter 12: Interviewing a Lawyer.

Chapter 13: Interviewing a Real Estate Agent.

Chapter 14: Get What You Need from References and Referrals.

Chapter 15: Breaking up Is Hard to Do.

The Last Word.

About the Author.

Index.

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Chuck Jaffe is a Senior Columnist for MarketWatch. His work is syndicated nationally to an audience of more than twenty million readers per week, with his "Your Funds" column being the most widely read feature on mutual fund investing in America. Upon joining MarketWatch in 2003, Jaffe created the "Stupid Investment of the Week" column, a quirky feature that highlights the flaws that make for bad investments. In addition to MarketWatch, Jaffe provides regular guest commentary forNightly Business Report on public television and forAll Things Considered on National Public Radio.
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