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WHY HIRE A FINANCIAL PLANNER

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WHY HIRE A FINANCIAL PLANNER

Post  UNEEK on Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:48 am

This is a very long - three part post
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It is for informational
purposes and meant
to help you in finding a trustworthy professional trained
in areas of expertise to assist
you in making those possible life changing decisions post RV -- Good Luck --
Come On RV !! Also would like to
note there seems to be a
challenge with my spell checker
and the journalists' as they continue to
spell adviser --
"advisor" - this has
happened before - The journalists' spelling was not changed - Thank You

UNEEK





Why To Hire / How To Hire & When
To Fire A Financial Adviser/Planner By Nora Dunn & Jeff Rose

PART ONE



How To Choose A Financial Planner -
Yes You! By Nora Dunn



I don't care who you are. (Well,
actually I do, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this).



What I mean, is I don't care about
your background, education, financial prowess, or absolute lack thereof.



You need a Financial Planner!



Pursuant to Julie's article on Personal Financial Advisors Awaiting Your
Call, there are a number of different credentials, titles, creeds, and
pay-scales that flood the financial services industry and can confuse the heck
out of the average bear.



In fact, even the idea of seeing a
Financial Planner may be so daunting (or embarrasing?) that you find ways and
excuses to avoid it altogether. Here are a few things to think about in your
search, or to compel you to search depending on your current position.



1 - Everybody needs a Financial
Planner. I feel very strongly about this one. I don't care if you have $70,000
in debts and $5 to your name (I actually had a client like this once), or the
other way around.



A Financial Planner is more than a
money manager, and everybody can benefit from their services. And the younger
you are when you start to take control of your finances with the help of a
planner, the better off you will be in the long run.



2 - Call them what you will. I'm
calling them Financial Planners here, but they can be Financial Advisors,
Investment Advisors, Personal Bankers, etc. Technically anybody can hang a
shingle out tomorrow calling themselves a Financial Planner. The trick is…



3 - What are their credentials? As Julie
mentions, there are any number of letters and credentials and titles that
people can carry. The hallmark for Financial Planning is the CFP (Certified
Financial Planner) designation, which is internationally recognized, the
requirements of which entail years of education in addition to extensive work
experience.



4 - Where do they work? Check out the
company the Planner in front of you is representing. Are they a major player in
the industry, or a ma-and-pa shop? Some people don't mind ma-and-pa, some do.
Are they limited to proprietary investments, or can they recommend what is
truly best for you? A large firm generally lends some credibility to the
Planner, although this isn't a sure and fast rule. Ask your friends &
family who they use; most often referrals work wonderfully.



5 - What can I expect? True financial
planning isn't investment management. It isn't banking or loan services. It
isn't insurance. And it isn't taxes. It's everything. A real Financial Planner
is going to take a personal approach to your financial situation.



They should sit down with you and
analyze your entire financial situation. Income, expenses, assets, liabilities,
insurance, and even some of the intangibles like your personal approach and
attitudes towards money.



They should be interested in what you
want to accomplish with your life, what major purchases you have in your
future, what sorts of vacations you like to take, and how you envision your
retirement years. They also need to know your personal tolerance for risk and
fluctuation in your investments, and should coach you on it. If they don't do
all these things, they can't properly advise you!



6 - Won't this cost a ton? Financial
Planning actually doesn't have to cost you a penny out of your pocket,
depending on the planner and where you go for your services. Many banks have a
team of Financial Planners who are available to help the bank's clients. They
are paid a salary by the bank, and often don't cost you a thing.



You can also choose asset-based
advisors who again, you won't have to pay for out of pocket, but who are only
compensated by their employer based on the money you invest with them.



Believe it or not this doesn't mean
that you necessarily need a ton of money to invest; many of these advisors want
long-term relationships and believe they can help you over the long run and
will ultimately be compensated for it. And of course, there are also fee-based
planners and those with other methods of compensation, which go beyond the
scope of this article.



7 - Who is best for me? What you need
to look for in a planner is somebody you like first and foremost. If you're
going to share details about your financial life and dreams and expectations,
you need to feel comfortable opening up to them and establishing a relationship
of trust.



8 - Can't I do all this on my own?
There are a ton of solutions out there on the internet. My response to that is:
Do you have a life? The job of a Financial Planner is a full-time gig. They
know a lot and need to stay up-to-date in the ever-changing world of finance.



If you keep up with all the latest
tax legislation, investment regulations, and insurance opportunities and lingo,
then be my guest and give it a whirl. What you'll still be missing is a third
party perspective, and possibly some creative strategies that you (or your
research) didn't think of.



In addition, I believe in delegation,
and the fact that time is money. You defer your legal matters to your lawyer,
and tax matters to your accountant. You defer your medical matters to your
doctor. You don't perform surgery based on an internet program's
recommendation, do you? And if you are still asking why you can't just do it on
your own, please refer to point 5 again. I've yet to find a financial planning
program that is intuitive enough to do all that.



Your time outside of work is better
spent enjoying life, spending time with your family, and chasing down dreams.
Not toiling over your finances in a hap-hazard way. Really.



http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-a-financial-planner-yes-you



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“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ― Wayne W. Dyer


To be persuasive, one must be believable;
To be believable, one must be credible;
To be credible, one must be truthful.

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