After reading Michael’s comment on my first post on Primerica, I realized that I should bring another point regarding personal finance companies. While I still do not think that Primerica is being honest with its marketing, it does not mean that all their financial advisors are crooked. On the other side, financial advisors working for other companies may not be as good as you think they are. I have been working with hundred of consultants working for a dozen different companies and I established three categories of financial advisors.
Yup, you read it right. The financial industry is full of clowns! Clowns are individuals who has no financial background and do not understand products they are selling. Since they do not know what they are doing, you better be careful giving them money to manage. You are asking me how come there are so many of them? Simply because anyone can become a financial advisor within three months!
|he best way to recognize them is to read about a specific topic in finance and then asking them question about it. If they what they are saying does not make sense whatsoever, you have a clown in front of you.|
I feel sorry for the (four) honest car salesmen on earth but they did not get a bad reputation for nothing ;-). Seriously, the financial industry is also full of salesmen that are looking to make the biggest commission out of their meeting. They are nice, polite and full of confidence. Therefore, you will feel satisfied dealing with them and you will be under the impression that they are doing the best thing for your (theirs) finance.
|Some salesmen are still good financial advisors since they can have a team that are building the financial plan behind them. They most likely are the best performers of their region. If you feel that you are dealing with a salesman, make sure to meet his assistant, associate and other member of his team. Never forget that he is in to make money, if he has a bad team to support him, you will end-up with a bad financial plan.|
Yes, there are some good financial advisors out there ;-). While the title “Certified Financial Planner” (CFP) is not a guarantee of results, this is the only category of financial advisors that had to write exams that goes deeper than the stupid mutual funds or insurance licence. However, when I am talking about financial planner, I am not really talking about the title but more about the way they handle things.
|A financial planner will look at all the aspect of your personal finance (estate, insurance, investment, taxes, debts, etc.). He will help you out building a plan according to your needs and your goals. He will also provide useful advice and knows what is going on in the financial industry. This is a financial planner.|
|I must say that overall, there are a lot of clowns, some bad salesmen and a few good of them and very little financial planners. In my province, the government and the Personal Financial Planner association are working together to create an official standing for Personal Financial Planners. They want them to be recognized at the same level as the notaries, lawyers and other professions. Hopefully, many other governments will go this way in order to insure a minimum of professionalism to the population.|
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