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Dig Deeper Than CFP To Find Financial Planner

I have long recommended that consumers look for a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) certificant when shopping for a financial planner. But don’t stop there. A CFP is no guarantee that someone is a competent, ethical, fiduciary professional. It only ensures that you are choosing from a pool of 85,000 financial services providers who are educated […]

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Financial Advice Suitability Standard Does Not Mean What You Think

If you wanted hiking footwear, you probably would be surprised if a salesperson at an outdoors store suggested flip-flops. You would expect someone knowledgeable about hiking to recommend sturdy boots or shoes more suitable for your needs. In the same way, if you consulted someone who sells financial products, you probably would expect them to […]

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Financial Planning Value By the Numbers

How much value does a fiduciary financial planner add to your investment portfolio each year? Four percent, according to Russell Investments’ 2017 update to the firm’s annual “value of an advisor” analysis. If you do the math quickly, that seems like an incredible deal. Since most financial planners charge a starting fee of around 1%, […]

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New Fiduciary Rule, Same Old Need for Consumer Caution

If it weren’t already hard enough to understand whose side your financial advisor is on, it got more complicated on June 9, 2017. As of that date, all financial advisors who sell products are required to forego any sales agenda and give advice that would benefit their clients or customers (called “fiduciary advice”). Does this […]

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Hidden Costs of Financial Product Sales

What’s wrong with earning a commission from the sale of a financial product? Nothing. It isn’t any more inappropriate than a car salesperson earning a commission when you buy a vehicle. Yet there’s one important difference. When you buy a car the roles are clear. You know going in that the salesperson is there to […]

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