How to Choose a Financial Advisor After a “Breakup
You put a lot of time and effort into choosing a financial advisor. An advisor learns all about your financial situation and your future goals. And when it’s time to move on to a new advisor, it can be really difficult.
We’ve had a lot of clients come to us over the years that want to move on to use our services.
But they have an emotional attachment with their current advisor.
It’s difficult to move on to a new advisor when you know the person’s family members or have relied on them for years, but you also know that it’s the right time to move on. For a lot of people, choosing a new financial advisor is almost like breaking up with someone because of that deep, emotional bond that has formed.
Why Break Up with a Current Financial Advisor?
Retirement planning is a very important part of your life. Once you’ve reached retirement age, you’ve either planned properly or you didn’t. You can’t go back and correct past mistakes when you’ve reached 65, 67, 70 – whenever you choose to retire.
For a lot of people, they often feel that leaving a current advisor requires a deep reasoning.
Your advisor is helping you manage your money. If you’re not satisfied with the person’s services or just want to try another avenue, you have every right to do so. You’re always in control of your financial advisor choice.
The most common reasons why people breakup with their financial advisors are:
- Communication has broken down, or you really never hear from your advisor.
- You’re simply not happy with the performance or experience you’re having with your advisor.
- Life changes that occur, and your objectives and goals change.
- You need an advisor that offers more services or is setup to handle more of your concerns.
- Advisors change their overall philosophy, and the change isn’t the right choice for you.
- Your advisor is retiring soon, so you begin looking for a new financial advisor.
- Your advisor’s team is changing and you’re no longer working with the advisor that you want.
The truth is that you are investing your money into retirement. Your life goals and objectives are either being met or not met with your advisor, and it’s your right to leave an advisor if you want to.
How to Choose a Financial Advisor
When working with clients who want to secure their retirement, we’ve found that communication is the main factor in them no longer working with an advisor. Because communication is key, it’s often best to start here when choosing a financial advisor.
Ask the advisor about:
- Types of communication
- Frequency of communication
- Types of reports or statements provided to you
If the advisor shrugs off these questions or seems annoyed by them, you know that they don’t take communication as seriously as you need them to.
But there is a lot more to look for in an advisor than just communication.
You also want to consider the following:
- Are you nearing retirement? If so, working with a specialist who focuses on near-retirement planning is often in your best interest. These advisors will be able to fill in gaps that past advisors may have missed, and they’ll be able to provide guidance that can solidify your retirement.
- Do they match your personality? Your personality should mesh with the advisor’s personality. When both personalities mesh well, you’ll have a much better experience working with them. An advisor shouldn’t force you or try pushing you into using their services or to convince you that they’re right.
- Will your advisor help you with goal alignment? You have goals, and the advisor should help you with goal alignment. If you want to keep your risk low and the advisor is trying to push you into a potentially high-risk investment, such as cryptocurrency, you may want to look elsewhere. The advisor should discuss your options and maybe recommend other strategies, but they shouldn’t try pushing you in one direction or another if you’re uncomfortable with their recommendations.
- Does the advisor take a holistic approach to retirement planning? A holistic approach, for us, means that we look at the entire plan. There’s more to retirement than investing. Holistic approaches consider taxes, Medicare, long-term care, Social Security, estate planning and your goals.
How to Break Up with Your Advisor
Breaking up with an advisor can be done in a lot of different ways. A lot of people make this a pressure-filled time with anxiety and stress, but breaking up with an advisor doesn’t need to be this complicated.
Instead, you can send an email, call the person or go see them in person.
We recommend that you keep it simple no matter which method of communication you use to break up with your advisor. If you make it complicated or explain why you’re leaving, it can lead to justification and make the entire process more difficult than it needs to be.
Simply say that you’ve chosen to go in a different direction, thank them for their services and explain that your decision is the best choice for your family.
Technically, you don’t even have to do that. You can also opt to move to another advisor with no explanation needed. Your new advisor should be able to access all of your accounts and help you with the entire moving process.
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