Five Things You Should Expect From Your Financial Planner | Planning Insights

Anne Hussman |

Value is defined by what you receive from your advisory relationship that meets or exceeds your expectations. For most clients, it has much less to do with pricing or investment performance than it has to do with the fulfillment of promises and commitments made at the outset of the relationship.  But the commitments will only have value if they are based on your stated needs and expectations. You should expect your financial advisor to have in place a clearly defined process for working with you to develop and implement your investment strategy. You know you’ve found the right financial advisor when that process includes, at a minimum, these five elements:

  1. Thoroughly Assess Your Financial Situation and Goals.The initial Discovery Meeting must consist of a thorough assessment of your current financial situation in light of your most important goals. It is here where you and your financial advisor must have a frank and in depth discussion of what you want to have happen now and in the future based on your values, beliefs, and priorities, all of which set the course for developing and implementing your financial plan.
  2. Establish Long-Term Objectives.Once long-term objectives are established, your advisor will help you stick to the plan.
  3. Develop Your Asset Allocation Plan.Your advisor should formulate an asset allocation strategy that reflects your risk/reward requirements. This involves identifying a mix of investments and products with an acceptable range of portfolio volatility.
  4. Implement the Selected Strategy.With your asset allocation in place, the work begins on constructing your portfolio to achieve optimum diversification.
  5. Monitor Your Portfolio. With a sound investment strategy based exclusively on your personal goals there is little reason to track your investments daily, weekly or even monthly.Instead, you and your advisor should establish regular intervals when you meet to measure progress, and make adjustments to your plan based on any changes in circumstances. Revisiting your portfolio on an annual basis ensures your target allocation of assets remains consistent with your current situation.

One More Thing....

Your financial advisor should clearly explain and document the process and services to be provided to you and define both his and your responsibilities. The client-advisor relationship is defined in large part by the method of compensation, so the advisor should explain fully how she will be paid and by whom, and all potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

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