Face it, we live in DIY world. Whether for home repairs or financial planning most folks these days feel they can go it alone. When it comes to your finances and planning your future is that really the best choice? Sure, you can search the Internet and find a few retirement calculators and even articles on saving, investing and “Top 5” lists, but is that information relevant to your personal situation? How do you know if what you found fits into your financial life plan? What if you make a move only to learn later that your decision cannot be undone without costly consequences?
Hiring a financial planner can help you reap more than just potentially better returns. Planners can help you with a myriad of financial decisions and life changes such as retirement, debt management, marriage, divorce and the birth of a child. The help, guidance and advice of a financial planner is well worth their fees charged and studies by Vanguard and by Russell Investments support this position. Vanguard claims working with a financial planner can add “about 3%” over time to your returns and that behavioral coaching is the most valuable benefit an investor receives. Russell Investments claims working with an adviser can help increase returns by “about 3.75%”. However, these studies point out that a financial planner brings more to the relationship after fees than just a potentially better return. The studies reveal that in addition to a potentially better return, financial planners help clients with difficult decisions, free up clients’ time, can explain complex transactions and provide guidance and an on-going relationship.
When you do have a life change or follow-up question, a call to your planner can be a lot more comforting than going it alone. As an independent Certified Financial Planner™, I can help you create a financial plan, set a timeline and put that plan into action. I can also be there to talk you through market gyrations and remind you of your goals and timeline. Let’s start planning today.
LINKS BREAK. FOR LOCATING THE STUDIES PLEASE SEARCH THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR SEARCH ENGINE:
Vanguard – The Added Value of Financial Advisors
Russell Investments – 2016 Value of a financial advisor update: More than 3.75%
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