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Advantages & disadvantages of using a financial advisor

Updated March 23, 2017

When it comes to investing and planning out your financial life, you can do it by yourself or you can do it with the help of a financial adviser. Hiring a financial adviser can provide you with some advantages like time savings and expert advice. On the other hand, doing it yourself could save some money and give you more control over your financial situation.

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Time Saving

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of hiring a financial adviser is that it can save you time. The process of planning out your financial life and selecting individual investments for your portfolio can be very time consuming. When you hire a financial adviser to take care of this for you, it frees up your time to work on other things. If you are a very busy person, you simply may not have enough time to worry about financial matters and your financial adviser can handle these for you.

Expert Advice

Another benefit of using a financial adviser is that you can get access to expert advice. Most regular people do not know much about investing or how to plan out their financial lives. Financial advisers make a career out of customising investment plans to meet individual needs.


On the downside, financial planners cost money, and they can charge you in a number of different ways for their services. For example, some financial advisers charge a percentage of your total portfolio amount per year for managing your account. Other advisers charge you a flat annual fee for their services. Before you choose to work with an investment adviser, you need to determine whether the cost is worth the services rendered.

Poor-Quality Advisor

Even though working with a financial adviser can provide you with some benefits, it can also be a mistake if you happen to choose the wrong adviser. Not all financial advisers know what they are talking about. If you choose the wrong one to work with, it could lead to poor decisions being made with your money. Ultimately, you are the one who must deal with the consequences of these poor choices when you reach retirement age. Shop around when you look for a financial adviser, and interview them as though you were interviewing them for a job. Ask each of them about their investing philosophy, and ask how they will craft plans to meet your needs and desires. You will know when you have found a good fit.

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About the Author

Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.

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