Index To Financial Advisor Content

Financial Advisor is the term used to refers to individuals in finance that directly work with public as opposed to those behind the scenes. Below you will find coaching related to the structure of the industry, as well strategies along with some interpretations that may be valuable to understand when working on your own plan.

The Real Cost of Safe Money

Altoona, PA – A fellow Investor Coach shared a story about a Senior Citizen on a radio talk show the other day, lamenting about the ultra-low CD rates the banks are now paying. He had recently spent an entire afternoon visiting one bank after another, trying to eke out a few extra pennies to help […]

Lies

You don’t know what you don’t know! Simple, but profound. As an investor you may fall victim to the lies of the financial industry, including large investment institutions and the financial media. Belief in and action taken based on these fallacies have caused thousands of investors to lose massive amounts of their investment monies. The […]

Buckle Up, It’s Getting Turbulent!

State College, PA – I learned aviation slang for turbulence is called dirty air. What has been going on in the market is like dirty air? Recently we have seen the wildest ride on the Dow Jones industrial average in 17 years. Dow Jones is a representation of how large companies are doing and we […]

Investment Cost: Advisor Beware or Investor Beware

State College, PA – “How are you paid” is a common refrain heard by those working in the financial industry. One would think this is a very black and white, yes or no type of question. Unfortunately within the financial services industry, it can be quite a complex answer when you consider the various components […]

In Life and Retirement Planning “It’s Never a Mystery”

Lewisburg, PA – The common phrase “it’s never a mystery”, should end with, “except for the people involved”. Is it a mystery why the athlete medals in the Olympics? Not when you consider the coaching, training, years of perfecting technique, and all the pieces that it takes to win. In contrast, most people see a […]

Looking Out for Mr. Ponzi

This summer Bernie Madoff will be celebrating his 4th anniversary in federal prison, 146 years to go. Madoff masterminded the largest Ponzi Scheme (slang for financial scam) in world history.  Thousands of unsuspecting investors were swindled.  In many cases, ordinary people lost their life savings. Having had such a long prison sentence imposed, you would […]

Boomers: Children & Chaos

The WealthCounsel® and Trusts & Estates® Magazine recently published an Annual Industry Trends Survey. The survey compiled data from roughly 1500 industry professionals primarily made up of Attorneys, CPAs, Financial Advisors and Wealth management professionals. As the President of a Registered Investment Advisory firm, I find these trends interesting as well as insightful.  The report […]

Tastes Like Chicken! Smells Like Fish!

Every once in a while, I run into an investor who bought a financial product that, upon reflection, may not have been totally appropriate given the individual’s personal and financial circumstances.

Not that the investment was completely “wrong”, but perhaps a different product or approach may have better met the client’s goals and objectives.

One thing you can do to help keep this from happening to you, is to find out who the advisor works for. I don’t mean the specific company that employs him or her, but the type of company that employs the advisor. That information can go a long way to help you understand whether the financial advisor’s loyalty is to you, or to the employer.

Ringing The Old Year Out and Bringing The New Year In—-

As we look at the 2011 year in review, remember that “this too shall pass”. New Year’s Resolutions are about to begin and as we look forward to 2012, make a New Year’s resolution as it relates to your finances. Take the 30 day challenge, look at income needs vs wants and get a “real” budget in place.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran interviews with four financial advisors soliciting their outlooks for 2012. Specifically, the Journal asked these sages to forecast which sectors had the most promise and which ones investors should avoid next year.

Trading Treadmill

Trading Treadmill….avoid the hype
I ran across a recent press release this morning from Business Wire that announced some activity for Charles Schwab Corporation in August. I found it interesting that there was a large in-flow of new assets that came into Schwab about $62B and what I really found curious was the amount of trades that were taking place. Trades are up substantially in August about 57% in and 35% in July. Now what reasonable explanation can justify this amount of activity? Why is this happening? FEAR, FEAR, FEAR!

Trading Treadmill

Trading Treadmill….avoid the hype I ran across a recent press release this morning from Business Wire that announced some activity for Charles Schwab Corporation in August. I found it interesting that there was a large in-flow of new assets that came into Schwab about $62B and what I really found curious was the amount of […]

Broker vs. Registered Investment Advisor

Financial services industry has two predominant financial standards for representatives in dealings with clients and disclosure. One is a “suitability standard” which is the most common and requires the least amount of qualifications and thereby professional scrutiny. Another is know as a “fiduciary standard” which requires more accountability, disclosure and generally higher qualification standards. The […]

Memo to Financial Advisors: Women Are Not Men!

Supposedly, Freud once posed the question: What do Women Want?

It seems to me the Financial Industry is still trying to figure that out. (But then again, aren’t most men?)

Smart Money reports that over 70% of women feel underserved and dissatisfied with the financial-planning services they receive.

This crazy economy has handed advisors a golden opportunity to reach out to women…who know they need help and, according to the question I get most often, are desperately looking for advisors they can trust.

Here’s where I believe the financial industry has missed the boat. Advisors are talking to women just like they do men…because the financial world is based on the male model of communication. Big mistake.

Women are not men!

Little Known Secret of Fund Managers

What’s the Little Known Secret that many mutual fund managers wish you didn’t know? You won’t believe itwhen I tell you. Many mutual fundmanagers do not invest in their own funds. Kind of unbelievable, isn’t it!

Investment News, a trade publication that guys like me readat the breakfast table, recently ran an article about a new Morningstar study.(Morningstar is a company that tracks and rates mutual funds.)

According to Investment News, the Morningstar study foundthat only about 40% of fund managers actually invest in their own funds.

Would you like to know what percent of mutual fund managershad ownership stakes in the study Morningstar conducted two years ago? It was 49%. Not exactly going in the right direction.

Women More Likely to Consult a Professional Advisor

Women More Likely To Consult A Professional Advisor

Women investors are more likely to consult a professional financial advisor than men, according to a new study of wealthy women investors released by the Spectrem Group on Tuesday.
According to the Lake Forest, Ill.-based consulting firm, around 46 percent of those with a net worth of between $100,000 and $1 million rely primarily on a financial advisor for their information. Women’s use of financial advice increases with wealth levels, according to the survey. Roughly 64 percent of female millionaire investors and 82 percent of female ultra-high-net-worth investors — with assets of $5 million and up — seek financial information from a professional advisor.