When it comes to your financial future, choosing the right advisor is a decision that should not be taken lightly. With so many options available, how do you know which financial advisor is the best fit for you? To make this important decision easier, we have compiled a list of ten questions that you should ask when choosing a financial advisor.

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Fiduciary Duty

“Are you a fiduciary?” This is the most crucial question. A fiduciary advisor is legally obligated to act in your best interests, above their own.

“How does your fiduciary duty impact your recommendations?” Understand how they prioritize your financial goals over potential commissions or incentives.

Fees and Transparency

“How do you charge for your services?” Fee-based advisors typically charge a percentage of assets under management, while commission-based advisors earn commissions on products they sell.

“What are all the fees associated with your services?” Ask about ongoing management fees, transaction fees, and any hidden costs.

Qualifications and Experience

“What are your professional designations and how do they relate to my needs?” Relevant designations like CFP® (Certified Financial Planner™) or CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) indicate specialized knowledge and training.

“How many years of experience do you have?” Experience can be valuable, but consider their experience specific to your financial goals and situation.


Communication and Client Service

“How often will we communicate and how can I reach you?” Regular communication is essential. Understand their preferred methods and how accessible they are for you.

“What services do you provide beyond investment management?” Financial planning is much more than managing investments.  Inquire about the team’s expertise in planning topics that are important to you such as retirement, estate, tax planning, etc.

Investment Philosophy and Approach

“What is your investment philosophy?” Understand if their approach aligns your risk tolerance and investment goals.

“How do you track and measure your performance?” Ask about their benchmarks and how they assess success for clients with similar profiles.


By asking these questions, you can gain valuable insights into a financial advisor’s qualifications, approach, and suitability to meet your unique needs. Remember, the right advisor should be someone you trust and feel comfortable communicating openly with.

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