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A Dignitas Briefing Paper
FIVE KEY QUESTIONS TO
ASSESS YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR
A BENCHMARKING TOOL FOR DETERMINING WHEN TO UPGRADE YOUR ADVISOR
If you have never taken the time to review your financial advisor or are not sure how.Assessing your financial advisor ensures your financial plan stays on track. Dignitas Service Offering WEALTH COACHING: Dignitas wealth coaching provides executives and entrepreneurs a unique platform to concentrate on developing the habits and maximizing the skills to help you meet your financial goals. others consistently underperformed in terms of investment advice and service. While some advisors helped their clients successfully manage the downturn. BALANCE SHEET ADVISORY: Dignitas serves as a fiduciary to your family and provides tested and untarnished financial advice. as the firm does not participate in any third party commissions or fees. Dignitas has created this convenient scorecard for assessing your advisor’s performance. Request a Consultation Video Overview Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 2 . The recent financial crisis taught everyone that not all financial advisors are created equal. PERSONAL BENCHMARKING: Benchmarking allows families to understand where their current position is in relation to a particular goal.
With 15+ years of experience in the financial services and wealth advisory industry. seasoned executives and individuals entering their second life. Nick has become a go-to advisor for start-up/high growth entrepreneurs. Follow Nick on Twitter @DignitasCWO Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 3 . high quality and independent advice and solutions that allow them to simplify their lives.About the Author: Nicholas Delgado Assessing Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado Nicholas Delgado founded Dignitas to provide clients with personalized.
(1 point) 2) Maybe. Do you know how much you are paying your advisor in fees? 1) Yes. (2 points) 3) No. I have no clue how much I pay my advisor. (3 points) Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 4 . my advisor’s fee structure is very clear and transparent. Fees: do you know how much you are paying your advisor? Many people sign their client agreement and then forget how much they are charged on an annual basis.1. I think I know but I am not sure. Reviewing your annual fees is an important exercise in determining how well your financial advisor is performing in terms of their service offering relative to their fee structure.
my advisor keeps me up to date on my portfolio’s performance. I have no idea how my investment portfolio is performing. it should be a topic that your advisor discusses with you at least once a year and they should provide you with regular performance reports throughout the year. (3 points) Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 5 .2. Performance: is your advisor regularly discussing your portfolio’s performance? Every investment portfolio is different and performance can be very difficult for the average investor to evaluate. (2 points) 3) No. (1 point) 2) I’ve seen performance reports but I am not sure what they mean. Nonetheless. Do you know how your investment portfolio has performed over the past 12 months? 1) Yes.
(2 points) 3) My advisor barely knows my name and I only hear from him when he wants to sell me a new product. Relationship: how often do you speak with your advisor? Many people select their financial advisor after several introductory meetings and conducting a thorough review of the individual and their firm. How frequently do you hear from your advisor? 1) My advisor meets with me at least once a quarter and I receive regular informational materials and reports throughout the year. But once they become a client. (3 points) Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 6 . but not as often as I would like. (1 point) 2) I hear from my advisor occasionally. some seldom hear from their advisors on a regular basis and receive erratic communication from their advisor’s firm.3.
(3 points) Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 7 . In addition. some advisors also provide value-add services such as life management. (2 points) 3) No. my advisor helps me make major financial decisions by providing me consultative advice and educational resources. Value-add: does your advisor provide more than just investment advice? While managing your investment portfolio is a significant aspect of the services that your advisor provides you. tax planning or risk management. my advisor only provides me with investment advice as it relates to my investment portfolio. It’s also important to discuss key financial planning topics such as estate planning. it should not be the only service they provide. cash flow budgeting and financial education.4. (1 point) 2) My advisor has offered these services in the past but I have never followed-up on their offer. Does your advisor assist you with various financial and life planning issues throughout the year? 1) Yes.
(2 points) 3) My advisor works at a broker-dealer and can recommend products that pay him a commission that I may be unaware of. Does your advisor actively discuss or disclose potential conflicts of interest they may have when recommending a product? 1) My advisor is a fee-only advisor and does not receive any commissions or incentives from the products that he recommends. Independence: is your advisor offering you conflict free advice? During the 2008-09 financial crisis investors learned the hard way that many financial service companies put their best interests before their clients.5. Whether it’s the commissions hidden in the fine print of the products your advisor might be selling or other incentives they may receive for recommending a product. understanding your advisors potential conflicts of interest is important. (3 points) Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 8 . (1 point) 2) When my advisor recommends a product he actively discloses if a third party is compensating him.
communication expectations. review the scorecard below to help determine the strength and quality of your current relationship with your financial advisor. If your advisor scored between 9-11 points: Consider getting a second opinion from a different advisor or having a conversation with your current advisor on items such as fees and your communication expectations. you likely have a strong and rewarding relationship with your financial advisor. and their investment and planning services. Start first by interviewing new advisors and discussing with them your personal and financial goals as well as items such as fees. If your advisor scored between 12-15 points: It’s time for you to consider replacing your advisor. Dignitas provides individuals with a free Second Opinion Assessment on their investment portfolios. SCORECARD Answers /Questions 1 Point 2 Points 3 Points 1 2 3 4 5 Total Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 9 . If your advisor scored between 5-8 points: Congratulations.Scorecard: How did you score your financial advisor? After answering all of the questions. Dignitas provides individuals with a complimentary consultation on their financial plan.
CIMA®.com Twitter: @dignitascwo 312. Share Dignitas’ Briefing Paper Assess Your Financial Advisor By Nicholas Delgado 10 . Wacker Drive Suite 2606 Chicago. Dignitas is a multi-family office and wealth management firm.651. Our full-service life management platform orchestrates a collection of business and personal services to support our clients’ whole life needs. please contact: Nicholas Delgado.mydignitas. CFP® Principal | Chief Wealth Officer nick@mydignitas. CRPC.6130 Dignitas 111 E.Dignitas: An Independent Investment Advisor Committed to Keeping Your Life Optimized.com Dignitas is an Investment Advisor Registered with the State of Illinois. IL 60601 www. To continue the conversation. We provide clients with independent and objective advice and solutions beyond the traditional investment management and financial planning model.
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