3 Reasons Why You May Need To Drop Your Investment Professional

By : Jeremy Sorci | July 8, 2020

Jeremy Sorci is a CFP, Certified Financial Planner and a 401(k) Financial Advisor with Premier Financial Group in Eureka Humboldt County

If you have the suspicion that your investment professional may not be the best fit for your needs, you could be right — and you’re not alone.

We often hear tales of less-than-stellar performance and unmet expectations from new clients who’ve just “broken up” with their last investment professional or are considering a change. 

While every situation is, of course, unique, there are a few red flags that you really shouldn’t ignore. Here are a few warning signs that it may be time to say goodbye to your current financial planner.

Your Investment Professional Has Poor Communication Skills

Communication is key in any relationship. That’s why inadequate communication is among the most cited factors behind advisor switches. While most investors understand that the market has up and downs that can affect short-term performance, it is often a deal-breaker when combined with a lack of communication. 

While most investors don’t need to be attached at the hip — or the cell phone — to their advisor, they do need to feel like their investments are being monitored and they should expect to hear from their advisor periodically. But if your calls aren’t being returned in a timely manner?  It may be time to move on. 

Your Investment Firm’s High Fees Are Offsetting Your Returns

Investment Professional

If your financial advisor follows an active investing approach, you’re probably paying more than you should in fees and expenses. The exact amount can be hard to determine; in fact, many investment professionals seem to “accidentally on purpose, keep the true costs of investing tucked away in indecipherable statements and confusing language.

An advisor paid through commissions also requires a higher cost and can lead to a conflict of interest.

Your Investment Professional’s Education and Training are Less Than Impressive

Did you know that almost anyone who passes basic licensing can list themselves as a financial advisor? In some cases, investment professionals don’t need to meet any educational, training, or evaluative requirements before they handle other people’s money. Pretty scary when you consider what’s at stake. 

When an advisor’s experience doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, seek out a trusted wealth advisor with an advanced education

While breaking up is never easy, your financial well-being may depend on it;  treat it like removing a band-aid. Get it over with cleanly and quickly so you can move on. 

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