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Adreana Corrs

Amstredam, Panama

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Member since September 12, 2013


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    Savvy Senior: How to pick a financial advisor

    Savvy Senior

    How to Pick a Financial Advisor

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you give me some tips on how to choose a good financial planner or advisor? My wife and I are five or six years away from retiring and could use some professional help to get us on track.

    • Seeking Advice

    Dear Seeking,

    With all the different financial advisers and services available today, choosing a trusted professional that can meet your needs can be a bit confusing. Here are some suggestions that can help.

    Where to Look

    A good place to start your search is by asking friends or relatives for recommendations. If you don't know anyone who can give you a referral, and you're looking for broad-based financial advice, hire a Certified Financial Planner, or CFP, who are considered the "gold standard" in the industry. To get the CFP credential, they must have a college degree and be educated in a wide range of personal finance subjects, pass a 2-day exam, have at least three years experience, meet continuing-education requirements and abide by a code of ethics.

    CFPs are taught to look at the big picture view of your finances, talking you through your goals, as well as advising you on the details of your financial life.

    You're also probably better off hiring a CFP that's a fee-only planner, verses one who earns a commission by selling you financial products. Fee-only planners charge only for their services - for example you might pay $150 to $300 ...