The following information has been taken from the book: “The Roaring 2000s Investor • Strategies for the life you want” by Harry S. Dent, Jr.
IN ALL OF MY BOOKS on investment, I have talked about the importance of having a competent and objective financial advisor. That mean someone who represents you, not the investment products. In other words, not a salesperson. That means someone who can integrate your entire financial-planning process, effectively and efficiently, to meet your highest life goals. Before you consider whether you should be investing on your own through a discount broker or using one of many financial advisors, from insurance agents to stockbrokers to financial planners to CPAs to tax attorneys, ask yourself these questions. This may be a bit painful, but it should prove very useful if you will just stick with me for a few pages.
FROM THE OCTOBER 2015 ISSUE OF INVESTMENT ADVISOR
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
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You can get “free advice” from many sources- not only from your stockbroker, but also from your insurance agent, your financial planner, and other professionals. This isn’t really advice, and it certainly is not free. You saw how free advice, embedded in the hyped-up ratings and research reports issued by major Wall Street firms, cost investors a fortune, luring them into Nasdaq stocks that brought losses averaging over $60 for every $100 invested near the peak. In subsequent chapters, I’ll show you how free advice in other areas (from bonds to insurance) can also be quite expensive. With free advice, you can actually get hurt in three different ways: