Ep. 76 – How Do Financial Advisors Get Paid?

Has the question of “How Do Financial Advisors Get Paid?” ever crossed your mind? This is a very important question to ask your financial advisor or the one you intend on hiring. 

There are three ways through which financial advisors get paid; commission, fee-only, and fee-based. You need to get that information upfront as the client to understand how things work. 

Which of the three is the best payment method? How does each affect you as the client?

In this episode of the Secure Your Retirement podcast, we’re helping you understand the different ways financial advisors get paid. We cover the importance of researching to understand why and how you will be paying the person managing your retirement plan.

In this episode, find out:

  • How commission works plus legitimate products that are commissionable 
  • How the insurance industry pays financial advisors on commission 
  • How an advisor receives payments from the different types of mutual funds 
  • Always ask how the advisor will get paid from any commissionable-type product you purchase
  • How advisors get paid from Real-estate Investment Trust (RIT)
  • Why the regulations in the financial services industry cannot change to give you a better rate
  • How the fee-only method works and the three categories it operates in
  • How fee-based works as a combination of both fee-only and commission-based
  • The fiduciary plus his/her role in taking care of the client

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Once you decide to enter into a mutual fund or any commissionable-type product, be sure you do your research and ask the question.” – Murs Tariq
  • “If you’re working with a fee-based or even a fee-only advisor, any time there’s a conflict of interest, they have to disclose it.” – Radon Stancil


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