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Is an Investment Advisor Really Worth the Investment Advisory Fee?

A recent survey indicates that an increasing number of high net worth investors are willing to pay for solid, unbiased, fee-only investment advice, which is not surprising considering the challenges of today’s markets.

Edward Jones Sued Again!

Getting sued for the second time this year. Fined by Finra earlier in the year for taking kickbacks from mutual fund companies for shelf space, i.e., pushing their funds. Why does this matter to you? Consider this. A person gets their first securities license and hires on with EJ. Okay, so what do they know. Most likely, nothing.

Complimentary Dinner AGAIN!

These "invites" keep coming every week. They make it sound like what they're selling is the answer to all your prayers. What is it they're pushing? Fixed Indexed Annuities is what. Are they bad? No. Like any insurance contract, some are better than others.

Complimentary, No-Obligation Dinner

I get these in the mail almost every week. It's usually an insurance agent pushing annuities, but sometimes they may also be a registered rep so they can sell variable annuities as well. So what's wrong with that? Think about it. If you're a carpenter with a hammer, EVERY PROBLEM IS A NAIL.

Keeping Up With the Identity Thieves

Identity thieves are upping their game. In their relentless pursuit of your personal identifying information (PII) they are constantly evolving in their technology and their techniques to stay one step ahead of you. In past blog posts we have hammered on the steps you need to take to fortify your defenses against identity theft.

What Is A Financial Advisor?

Nothing, absolutely nothing. It is not a designation or degree of any kind. It’s just a catchall term used to identify anyone in the financial business. Most people who use this on a business card are trying to pass themselves off as something they are not.

The 4 Essential Elements of a Retirement Plan

Until recently, many retirees have been able to rely upon the three-legged stool of retirement income sources: A defined benefit pension plan that guarantees a lifetime income, their own savings, and Social Security.

Fiduciary Again

You've probably seen the ads recently where the construction guy is talking about how it's harder or impossible to get info or advice on his retirement plan. After complaining about that he asks you to call your congressman and tell him "to fix this now". Notice they never say exactly what it is that has to be fixed. The Dept.

What Firms Claim About Their Brokers’ Fiduciary Duty

As I said in my previous post, the brokerage industry is screaming bloody murder about any imposition of a fiduciary standard on them. They claim to act in the client’s best interest and they market themselves that way BUT it’s a different story when they’re facing a complaint.

What is a Financial Advisor?

Nothing, absolutely nothing. It is not a designation or degree of any kind. It’s just a catchall term used to identify anyone in the financial business. Most people who use this on a business card are trying to pass themselves off as something they are not.

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