Looking for Investment Advice?
It never hurts to seek out investing advice. Even the most experienced investors get investment advice, either from a single investment adviser or a trusted group. The key term here is trusted. If you’re considering opening an investment advisory account, it’s important to choose the right one.
Choosing the Right Investment Adviser
An investment adviser should serve as a trusted sounding board providing investment advice that is most in-line with your investment goals and strategy. As such, it’s important to go over these objectives with your potential adviser; don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should never be intimidated or feel pressured by an adviser or advisory firm.
When choosing an investment advisor, be up front about your needs. Here are some common things you should address when considering any investment advisory account:
- Communicate your investment goals:
- Set investment timelines
- Discuss limits and risk tolerance
- Set service expectations
- Discuss associated costs and fees
These are just some of the fundamental things you should cover with any potential investment adviser. You should always come prepared with questions of your own that are tailored to your specific investment goals.
After you have found an adviser you feel you can trust, make sure you understand your advisory contract. Although an adviser or firm may be the right fit for your investment needs, advisory contracts can be complex; outlining costs and fees for service, communication between you and your adviser and other terms and conditions.
Before signing an agreement, make sure you go over any questions you have with your investment adviser. Common things to look for and consider are:
- Level of service
- Fee breakdowns and calculations
- Your responsibilities as an investor
- The responsibilities of your adviser
- How to communicate with your adviser
- Contract cancellation procedures
These are just some easy tips to help you choose the right investment adviser. For even more helpful advice check out this SEC bulletin.