Hi: it depends on the firm. For stocks- If it is a full service or discount firm. However, for mutual funds the commission is buried and does not appear on the confirmation. Depending on the dollar investment there will be listed in the prospectus the sales charges. I would not recommend funds with sales chrges- since the fees go to the salesmen and dont ensure performance better then no load or ETF shares.
You should feel comfertable asking that question to him/her. If not, you should find a new advisor.
The commission payout on products can vary dramatically depending on a wide variety of circumstances. Since you know your broker works off of commission sales, you should ask directly what a certain fund, annuity, stock, or bond is being recommended and if it is in your best interest.
Depends on what he is selling you. Most brokers who position themselves as financial advisors sell mutual fund A shares, which usually pay an upfront commission of around 5.75%.