7. How to Invest
d. Selecting a financial professional (continued)
Third, interview several financial professionals.
You will probably choose who you want to work with based upon your level of trust and comfort with the professional as well as how knowledgeable, ethical and experienced the person is. You should plan to interview several people and take your time to make a decision.
Here are some examples of questions that you might want to ask:
What services do you provide?
What are your areas of specialization? What qualifies you in this field?
How long have you been offering financial planning services to clients?
How many clients do you currently have?
Briefly describe your work history.
What are your educational qualifications?
What financial planning designations or certifications do you hold?
What licenses do you hold? Are you or your firm registered as an investment advisor?
How many hours of continuing education do you get each year?
Do you provide a written contract for services?
Can you provide an example of a financial plan or investment recommendations?
Will you provide references of current clients?
How do you get paid?
What do you charge?
You may have other questions depending on your unique situation. Really think about what you want to ask the financial professionals before you meet with them. It's important to find the right fit!