Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Understanding The Differences

Selecting a financial advisor is an extremely personal, important, and challenging task.

One of the key issues consumers and institutions face is how to select their financial advisor. So many people sound the same and, on the surface, seem to be indistinguishable. The key is to understand the tangible and intangible differences.

Selecting the right advisor does require homework and putting in some effort — but few things are more important than your financial well being. So, how do you tell who is a good advisor? Unlike a physician or CPA, the educational background required of financial advisors is not standardized. This list of questions and articles from publications/news organizations will provide investors a good starting point in identifying the key attributes they may want to consider. JIC’s financial advisor blog also posts relevant articles.


How To Check Out A Financial Advisor

CFA Institute

Choosing A Financial Advisor
Why Select A CFA


How To Vet That Investment Adviser

U.S. Department of Labor

How To Tell If Your Advisor Is Working In Your Best Interest

Fiduciary 360

Working With Accredited Investment Fiduciary


Conflict Resolution
How To Select A Financial Advisor

Johnston Investment Counsel

Questions To Ask A Financial Advisor


Comprehensive Financial Planning Diagnostic
Comprehensive FAQ About NAPFA and Its Advisors
Pursuit of Financial Advisor
Smart Money Decisions
Working With A Fee-Only Advisor

Securities And Exchange Commission

Top Tips For Selecting A Financial Professional

Smart Money

New Broker Shell Game

Wall Street Journal

Figuring Out How Much You Should Pay
How To Choose A Financial Planner
Questions To Ask Your New Financial Adviser
The Five Key Rules To Heed Before Hiring An Adviser