Financial Advisors: Beware of Fees and Hidden Commissions

By |2020-04-14T18:44:09+00:00November 10th, 2013|Financial Planning|

Fees and expenses can be deadly for retirement accumulation success

If you are someone who is trying to protect your retirement savings, keeping track of this volatile market is not fun. To assist and help, you may have selected a financial advisor.

I have always found it very odd that the choice of a type of financial advisor could have nothing to do with what they want their financial professional to do for their money. When I ask my clients what kind of financial professionals do you want I get all kinds of answer. Some say “I want some with a degree in finance, or I want someone with lots of experience.”  A common response is “I want a professional who will pick up the phone when the market is crashing.”

Ask yourself this: “ Is there anything about my financial professional or what he or she is recommending that guarantees my money will not participate in market losses?” Then ask yourself what I want my financial professional to do with my money. When I ask that question, I usually get one answer: “I want it to grow, and I want it to be safe.“

The answer is important because fees associated with any financial planner can diminish your account plus a planner not in step with your goals by showing safety and security as an option is a warning sign.

Burton Malkiel, a Princeton University Professor of Economics and author of a Random Walk Down Wall Street, wrote the sad truth about three kinds of financial planners.

  • Prognosticators: those who don’t know
  • Those who don’t know they don’t know
  • Those who know they don’t and get paid big bucks to pretend they know.

You should know that your financial professional has no clue of what he or she is doing when they put your money at risk. A risky plan is a guess, only his or her best guess. It’s a gamble. Regardless of what happens to your future growth and value of your account, one thing is for sure, your planner will (and is) making commissions.

Most brokers are paid in one of two ways and some with both of these methods. A broker (financial planner) can charge a fee for his or her work, much like an attorney.  A broker (or planner) can also earn commissions based on the product he or she recommended in the financial plan.

That is correct; your broker can be paid month after month even if you lose money. The financial professional you are trusting your financial future to can be earning funds on both ends of your relationship, fees for the plan, and commissions for his recommendations.

I broadcast a weekly radio show called Safe Money and Income where I explain how people can use products without fees and expenses that are guaranteed never to be  exposed to loss or risk

I don’t charge fees ever. I get paid from the A-rated companies, a finder’s fee, for finding clients, but the fee is never subtracted from a client’s account, it is from insurance company marketing funds. Consequently, I am not very popular with most financial professionals because they have no problem charging the fees.

This is your retirement money, not mine or anybody else’s. The appeal of safe money never being at risk is very desirable.  In other words, my safe money information will give you the information you need to make a decision for or against opening a guaranteed safe money account or to continue being faced with ongoing fees and exposure to risk.

It’s entirely up to you.


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