If you’re looking for some guidance in the area of your finances, you may benefit from finding a financial advisor to help you navigate decisions ahead. But what are important considerations when it comes to choosing an advisor?
First, it is key to select an advisor that has the same value system as you do. You may find that your own social network may be the best place to find a recommendation. Ask your friends or family members who they trust with their finances.
Secondly, choose an advisor who is an educator, not a sales person. An advisor that understands that all finances are our resources to steward, as a gift from God should focus on how to help you be the best steward possible. It is important to partner with someone who also prioritizes these convictions. In order to ensure your advisor is knowledgeable and professional, look for someone with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) designation. You should consider fee-based advisors, because their revenue comes primarily from fees, rather than product commissions on sales.
Finally, it’s always wise to do a background check using tools such as FINRA Broker Check. It’s important to know that your advisor is above reproach and has the necessary knowledge to help guide you. At Ambassador Advisors, we make it our mission to prioritize our clients’ values and financial goals.
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