What should I know (and ask) before hiring a financial advisor?

In lieu of my usual weekly post, I thought it would be helpful to share some content from The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (‘NAPFA’).

The financial advising world is full of different ways of making money from clients, with some ways more transparent than others.  Some advisors use commissions from investment sales to primarily pay themselves (sometimes up to 8%!) and others use a percentage of assets (AUM) only.

NAPFA is kind enough to offer resources to the public detailing great questions to ask potential advisors, how to obtain a full picture of your advisors compensation, and what is important about having a fiduciary in your life.

If you are considering a financial advisor, take advantage of these resources HERE.

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The above discussion is for informational purposes only. Recommendations are of a general nature, not based on knowledge of any individual’s specific needs or circumstances, and there is no intent to provide individual investment advisory, supervisory or management services.
If you live in a state with it’s own form of state AMT, this further complicates the matter. AMT calculations can be difficult and you may need professional help, such as that of an accountant, tax attorney, or someone experienced in complex tax returns.

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