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Recently 401k vendor Lincoln National set 'shockwaves' across the bow of this topic with this headline: "Investors Will Scream When They See 401(k) Fees" I discuss this topic and offer remedies to the fee disclosure matter, and how plan sponsors may prepare, ...(more)
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Shawn A. Wilson Level 9
Ryan- I have read your are looking at starting a business in New York, have you prepared a complete business plan with spreadsheets of your first year expenses and expected revenue along with a thorough examination of the industry you may ...(more)
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See this brochure from the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) Board of Standards - It should be very helpful. You can also print it and take it with you when interviewing your prospective advisor. Good luck!
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Shawn A. Wilson Level 9
Most likely a packaged product issued by an insurance company called a variable annuity with guaranteed living benefits purchased for the benefit of either you alone or the inclusion of your spouse or domestic partner. Inside this variable annuity are ...(more)
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Most brokers operate under what is called the “suitability standard”, which simply means that the securities they recommend must be appropriate for you given your financial profile. However, many of the securities that can be considered “suitable” may ...(more)
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Financial advisors that are not "Fee-Only" (such as brokers) may choose to offer you only those investments which pay the highest commissions. To illustrate this point, let’s consider an example. Let’s say Investment A is the best investment for you, ...(more)
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My personal/professional opinion is that it is best to avoid borrowing from your retirement plan unless you have exhausted all other options. On the other hand a fellow professional whose views I have great respect for absolutly disagrees with me on ...(more)
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There may be a difference in the level or type of services provided...although it could just be the title.
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Fee only advisor are not limited by the scope or product or service they are offering. However they often cannot provide insurance or annuity products because they are commissionable and if those are appropriate for you, you will have to be referred ...(more)
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None. A commission based advisor may be driven to recommend what pays he/she the most rather than what is best for you. Fee based or Fee only advisor typically provide more unbiased advice.
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That there is an individual, team of analysts, or computer program that are making proactive (and sometimes reactive) trades to your underlying fun investments rather than just tracking and index, such as the S&P 500, which would be considered a passive ...(more)
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Absolutely not! Look for someone with a CFP designation and other designations that show the advisor is committed to ongoing education and furthering their knowledge. Brightscope has a database that shows what each designation means and how difficult ...(more)
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Star rating change...Morningstar even just changed their rating system to reflect the underlying process of funds rather than just rank on a star system. I feel underlying fees are more important when comparing index funds...they essentially are holding ...(more)
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If they aren't transferring their assets away, are providing referrals, answer your correspondence, then it is safe to say they are happy. Especially if they are referring. You wouldn't refer to someone you don't like
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