Hiring financial help is a task that many otherwise savvy people approach the wrong way, opting to go on recommendations from family and friends, chance encounters, or advertisements rather than on sound research. In engaging, accessible prose, nationally syndicated columnist Charles A. Jaffe takes the reader through the basics of how to locate appropriate candidates, understand their credentials, check references, conduct initial interviews, maintain control of the relationships and one's finances, and fire an adviser who is not working out. The book contains guidance on hiring and checking the backgrounds of seven types of advisers—brokers, financial planners, insurance agents, lawyers, tax preparers, bankers, and real estate agents—as well as specific questions to ask to determine whether an adviser is a good, qualified match. In addition the book offers guidance on how to help the advisers function as a team. The author's aim is to help the reader assemble and manage a pool of advisers to serve every major financial need for the rest of his or her lifetime. This new edition has been updated throughout. It includes, hundreds of Web addresses and an online resources directory. Two new chapters discuss online advice services and how to choose an online broker.
Given the events of the past two years-from bankruptcies tofinancial scams-it is more important than ever that investorsunderstand who they are hiring to handle their finances.
Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor exploresthe important relationship between an investor and their financialadvisor and examines how you should go about finding potentialcandidates. Along the way, it shows you how to interview and checkthe credentials of six key types of advisor so that you can spotand avoid rogues, scam artists, and incompetents. You will alsolearn how to understand what can happen if the institution or theadvisor ends up in financial or legal difficulty. This insightfuland useful guide
Most people who give advice about money are trusted withoutactually earning that trust. Getting Started in Finding aFinancial Advisor helps you set the highest standards, allowingyou to locate professionals who can be trusted to protect yourfinancial well-being and help you prosper.