Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Financial Planning For Boomers and Seniors: How to Hire the Right Personal Financial Advisor

Two of the most abused words in the English language are “financial planner.” Be warned that a number of professionals wear that title even though they shouldn’t--like insurance agents and stockbrokers.

When looking for a personal financial advisor, find one who accepts no commissions from product sales. Pay by the hour, a flat fee, an annual retainer, or a percentage of your assets.

Interview the person (this appointment should be free) to see if it is a right fit.

Consult as many sources as you can including those that can be found online.

However, if you find yourself unable to pay your bills, don’t hesitate to confer with a nonprofit credit-counseling agency for free or low-cost. Consider applying for public programs, also, to get over the hump.

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karen said...

credit Counsiling is great. I got stuck with all the Charge Cards in our divorce so I headed to Credit Counsiling. They saved me.

Ms. 50something said...

Good point. I missed that!

Anita said...

Thankfully, our bills are reasonable and are paid on time, but you do remind me to stay on top of it and to not take things for granted; that making wise decisions may require some advice.