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Aleksandar Raskovic

WestPac Wealth Partners
Aleksandar Raskovic, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Diego, California area. Aleksandar has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
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    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Bank of New York Mellon

Andrew Chabot

Rancho Wealth Management
MBA, CFP®
Andrew Chabot, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Rancho Cucamonga, California area. Andrew holds the MBA, CFP® certifications. Andrew has over 15 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
15 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Commissions
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Pershing, LLC

Brian Malkinson

HBW Advisory Services
Brian Malkinson, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Roseville, California area. Brian has over 10 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
10 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

Bryan Foronjy

Foronjy Financial
CFP®
Bryan Foronjy, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Santa Barbara, California area. Bryan holds a CFP® certification. Bryan has over 14 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
14 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    LPL Financial

David Bobrowsky

Gateway Financial Advisors, Inc.
CFP®, Chartered SRI Counselor, ChFC®
David Bobrowsky, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Walnut Creek, California area. David holds the CFP®, Chartered SRI Counselor, ChFC® certifications. David has over 21 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
21 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Commissions
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

Dhillon Taylor

Secura Financial Planning & Wealth Management
CFP®
Dhillon Taylor, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Orange, California area. Dhillon holds a CFP® certification. Dhillon has over 9 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
9 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Commissions
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    LPL, Pershing, NFS

Hans Reese

New Stage Investment Group®
CFP®, CRPC®, AAMS®
Hans Reese, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Mateo, California area. Hans holds the CFP®, CRPC®, AAMS® certifications. Hans has over 23 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
23 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Education Funding and Planning
  • Financial Advice & Consulting
  • Financial Planning for Individuals
  • View More
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Tax Advice and Services

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    LPL Financial

Ira Zito

Financial Peak
CFP®, ChFC®
Ira Zito, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Woodland Hills, California area. Ira holds the CFP®, ChFC® certifications. Ira has over 24 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
24 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $50,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Pershing

Jarret Rodriguez-Conklin

Homestead Wealth Management
CIMA®, ChFC®
Jarret Rodriguez-Conklin, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Dimas, California area. Jarret holds the CIMA®, ChFC® certifications. Jarret has over 16 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
16 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Investment Advice & Management

Jerry Slusiewicz

Pacific Financial Planners
Jerry Slusiewicz, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Laguna Niguel, California area. Jerry has over 31 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
31 Years

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • Financial Advice & Consulting
  • Financial Planning for Individuals
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Kristie Cahill

Haven Wealth Management
CFP®, CEP®
Kristie Cahill, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Francisco, California area. Kristie holds the CFP®, CEP® certifications. Kristie has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab and Fidelity

Michael Geitner

Vintage Wealth Advisors
CFP®
Michael Geitner, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Napa, California area. Michael holds a CFP® certification. Michael has over 13 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
13 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    LPL Financial

Michael Macauley

Signature Estate & Investment Advisors (SEIA)
CFP®, CFA®
Michael Macauley, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Los Angeles, California area. Michael holds the CFP®, CFA® certifications. Michael has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investments

Mike Mess

Veracity Capital, LLC
Mike Mess, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Newport Beach, California area. Mike has over 16 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
16 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Fidelity Investments

Paul Stanley

Granite Bay Wealth Management LLC
CPM, CFP®
Paul Stanley, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Walnut Creek, California area. Paul holds the CPM, CFP® certifications. Paul has over 27 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
27 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

R.J. Kelly

Wealth Legacy Group, Inc.
CEPA®, MSFS, RICP®, AEP®, CLU®, ChFC®
R.J. Kelly, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Diego, California area. R.J. holds the CEPA®, MSFS, RICP®, AEP®, CLU®, ChFC® certifications. R.J. has over 35 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
35 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Commissions
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

Ryan K. Gunn

Gunn Financial Associates/Royal Alliance Associates
CFP®
Ryan K. Gunn, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Clemente, California area. Ryan holds a CFP® certification. Ryan has over 17 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
17 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Several choices

Alano Massi

Palm Capital Management
CFP®
Alano Massi, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Calabasas, California area. Alano holds a CFP® certification. Alano has over 16 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
16 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Advice & Consulting
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Andrew Eddy

Eddy Financial, LLC
CFP®, CLU®, AIF®, ChFC®
Andrew Eddy, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Santa Monica, California area. Andrew holds the CFP®, CLU®, AIF®, ChFC® certifications.

Additional Information:

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

Daniel Scott Johnson

Windfall Advisors
CRPC®
Daniel Scott Johnson, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Santa Monica, California area. Daniel holds a CRPC® certification. Daniel has over 13 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
13 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab

Erick Conway

von Berge Wealth Mgt Group
CFP®
Erick Conway, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the San Diego, California area. Erick holds a CFP® certification. Erick has over 15 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
15 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

James Anadon

Caitlin John DBA: Olivia Wealth Management
James Anadon, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Reedley, California area. James has over 11 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
11 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade Institutional

Janet Wan

Sierra Pacific Financial Advisors
CFP®, CPFA
Janet Wan, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Pleasanton, California area. Janet holds the CFP®, CPFA certifications.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade/Charles Schwab

Michael Cannone

Westmount Partners
Michael Cannone, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Los Angeles, California area. Michael has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $3,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management

Michael Lynch

Lynch Financial Advisors
Michael Lynch, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Roseville, California area. Michael has over 19 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
19 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Flat Fee

    Asset Requirement: $0

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Tax Advice and Services
  • View More

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab

Nathan Wallace

Savvy Advisors Inc
Nathan Wallace, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Ojai, California area. Nathan has over 16 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
16 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Hourly
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $250,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

Roy Sherman

Sherman Asset Management
CFP®, CFA
Roy Sherman, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Ventura, California area. Roy holds the CFP®, CFA certifications. Roy has over 9 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
9 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $0

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management

Jared West

West Wealth Advisory Powered by LPL Financial
CFP®, CRM®
Jared West, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Fresno, California area. Jared holds the CFP®, CRM® certifications. Jared has over 25 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
25 Years

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

Matthew Pixa

My Portfolio Guide
Matthew Pixa, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Seal Beach, California area. Matthew has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade Institutional

Pure Financial Advisors, LLC

Pure Financial Advisors, LLC, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2021 and provides financial services to clients in the San Diego, California area.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Risk Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab, Axos

DeCamilla Capital Management, LLC

DeCamilla Capital Management, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2023 and provides financial services to clients in the Sacramento, California area.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
40 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $100,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Portfolio Management
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • Financial Advice & Consulting
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • View More

Allworth Financial

MBA
Allworth Financial, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2020 and provides financial services to clients in the Sacramento, California area.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Estate Planning & Trusts
  • View More

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade

Dash Investments

Dash Investments, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2011 and provides financial services to clients in the Woodland Hills, California area.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a financial advisor do?

Financial advisors assess the financial goals and risk appetite of their clients and chalk out a personalized investment plan for achieving those goals. They use their expertise to guide their clients on how to save tax, get rid of excessive debt and plan for future contingencies.

When should I hire a financial advisor?

Ideally, Financial advisors must be consulted regularly. No matter how much you earn and where are you from, everybody needs a financial advisor to make sure that they reap the maximum from their income. A financial advisor is especially important if you are nearing retirement, planning a family, saving up for education, or thinking of passing on your estate to your heirs.

What are the different types of financial advisors? How do I choose one?

There are different types of financial advisors. A financial advisor can be a relationship manager from a stockbroking company, insurance or mutual fund advisor, a personal banker from a well-known bank, an accountant or an attorney with expertise in taxation and estate planning.

What are the certifications to look while hiring a financial advisor?

The certifications assure you that the financial advisor that you have hired has all the skills and expertise that you need to plan a personal financial journey. When you look to hire a financial advisor you will find a range of initials and certifications that they hold. Broadly, they are divided into two categories.

A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CFP (Chartered Financial Planner) are the more general ones. The CFP and CPA certifications are considered as gold standards in personal financial planning. These advisors know their stuff very well and have exceptional competence in a range of financial planning subjects.

While CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CLU (Chartered Life underwriter) certified professional can cater to your specific needs. A CFA can take care of your investment needs and CLU can advise you with the best insurance products.

What questions should you ask a financial advisor?

The most important question to ask a financial advisor is whether he is a fiduciary or not? A fiduciary works in the best interest of his client. Next, you must ask him about his certifications, and experience. You must always pick an advisor who has the best certifications like CPA, CFP, and CFA and at least, with a couple of years of experience. You can also ask him about his cost or fee. Always look for a fee-only advisor and make sure they don’t get commissions for selling financial products.

How does my financial advisor get paid?

There are broadly three different types of advisors.

Commission-only

If you hire a commission-based financial advisor then you will have to pay a percentage of your budget as commission and the rest of the amount will be invested in the financial products and instruments.

Fee-only

Fee-only financial advisors charge a certain flat fee for their advice. The fee depends on the years of experience, expertise, and certifications that financial advisors hold. They do not get any kind of commissions out of the financial products recommended by them.

Fee-based (Commissions and fees)

These advisors charge a combination of both commissions and fees.

Can I be my own financial advisor?

Many people have saved thousands of dollars each year by just consulting a financial advisor. Usually, people try to manage their own finances and thus are not able to draw maximum benefit out of their savings. Financial planning is quite complex and requires a lot of expertise. An experienced financial expert can help you chalk out the best plans for you and safeguard your financial future.

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