Types of Financial Professionals
When it comes to making decisions about your finances and future, it is important to put your best foot forward. Typically, that means hiring a financial professional, who can guide you through making decisions about your wealth. However, there are many types of financial professionals who have a variety of expertise, which can make it difficult to decide what type would work best for you. To help, here are a few types of financial professionals to help you determine what services are right for you.
Whether you need to build a budget or learn how to save for retirement, a financial coach can help you understand financial concepts and work with you through personal planning decisions. Ultimately, your financial coach will provide you with the tools you need to build your wealth or get back on track with your spending.
Certified Financial Planner
No matter an individual’s financial situation, everyone needs a plan. When you work with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), you are working with someone who is an expert in the field. In order to be credited, CFPs have to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, have three years of full-time personal financial planning experience, along with passing a certification exam, and continuing education to maintain their license. Financial planners typically work with clients who have more than $50,000 of investable assets, and can help you create a comprehensive financial plan, while answering important questions about your wealth. From investment guidance to retirement planning and managing debt, your financial planner will guide you to reaching your financial goals.
Investment Advisers and Brokers
Investing your wealth is something you don’t have to do alone. Investment advisers are individuals or companies that are hired to provide clients with guidance for investment decisions. Investment advisers help you manage your portfolio and function as a consultant regarding your investment needs.
Brokers, are similar but are typically paid on commission. It is important to understand their fees and make sure they are acting in your interest. Working with an investment professional can make investing easier and less time consuming. It’s important to be aware of possible scams, which is why the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) offers a free online BrokerCheck that can alert you to potential fraudsters.
Finding a Fiduciary
No matter what type of financial advisor you hire, the one you choose should be transparent. A fiduciary is a financial professional who is legally obligated to be unbiased and work in your best interest. Fiduciaries, like the professionals at Emerj360, typically follow a fee-only structure and do not receive benefits or commission from any product sales, meaning they will fairly manage your financial needs.
Questions to Ask
Before you choose your financial professional, it’s important to do your research. During your first consultation, you should have a list of questions ready to make sure they are the right fit. Some questions include:
- Are you a fiduciary?
- What is your fee structure and how much do you charge for services?
- How do you view client-advisor relationships?
Work with Emerj360
At Emerj360 you have the opportunity to work with a CFP or a financial coach who will provide you with guidance that is specifically tailored to you and your unique goals. As fiduciaries, you can have peace of mind knowing that the advice we provide is always in your best interests. We can work with you in a variety of ways, whether you are looking to create a financial plan, navigate financial changes, need investment guidance or want to begin planning for your retirement. To get started, give us a call at 1-833-637-5360 or send us a message.