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There are several things that a person should know what to look for when choosing a financial planner. The first thing is their education and experience. It is very important to make sure that your financial planner actually has the experience and educational background to be able to help you out in your particular situation. This means that they will be able to apply the knowledge on situation to make sure that they come up with the best strategy for your situation. You should be able to find out all of this important information on the financial planner’s website.


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The second thing on what to look for when choosing a financial planner is their certifications. This means that a person is going to need to take some time to look at all of their certifications and requirements based on the job that you need them to do. This certification will need to be a CFP designation. This is where the financial planners will have special coursework, then pass a six hour exam, and get re-certified every three years to make sure that they still have the right experience in order to do the job that you will need them to do.

The third thing on what to look for when choosing a financial planner is fees that the financial planner will charge you. There are three ways in which the financial planner is going to ask for payment. The first way is through client fees. The second way is through commissions. The third way is through a combination of the commissions and the client fees. It is important for the client to know exactly how the financial planner is going to be paid for the services that they are providing to the customer so that there are no conflicts of interest.

The fourth thing on what to look for when choosing a financial planner is the standard of care. The registered investment firms are normally going to look out for the best interest of their clients no matter what the situation is. But the financial planners that work for banks are going to base their help on just the suitability standard. This means that whatever suits them is the service that you are going to get. Therefore, the service is going to be what is suitable for you but not really what is best for your situation and your finances.

The fifth thing on what to look for when choosing a financial planner is a working relationship. It is very important that you know exactly who you are going to be working with. Most of the time, you will be able to have a meeting with the financial planner before you sign on the dotted line. Based on this meeting, you can decide if you feel like this financial planner is actually going to be able to help you out in your particular situation. Sometimes it might be a good idea to bring in a second person to handle the situation.