Who Are the Best Financial Advisors?
The best financial advisors have certain characteristics that define their knowledge, ethics, and business practices.
They are the advisors who have the specialized expertise you need to achieve your financial goals.
They are the advisors you can trust to put your financial interests first.
Look for these characteristics when you interview advisors.
Select the advisor who comes closest to matching all of these criteria.
The Best Financial Advisors
Following are the Top 10 characteristics that you should look for when you interview financial advisors. The advisors should:
1. Be financial fiduciaries (written acknowledgment).
2. Be compensated with fees (asset-based, fixed, hourly).
3. Be RIAs (Registered Investment Advisors) or IARs (Investment Advisor Representatives).
4. Have clean compliance records (as per FINRA and the SEC).
5. Have years of relevant financial experience (planning, investing).
6. Have college degrees and/or industry certifications.
7. Provide financial advice and ongoing wealth management services.
8. Recommend the services of a brand name custodian.
9. Be easy to research on the Internet (website, databases, name search).
10. Practice full transparency for their credentials, ethics, business practices, and services.