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Navigating Investment Advisor Fees

In a Time of Complexities, a Fiduciary May be the Solution

 

The opaque nature of the fee structure that many investment advisors follow has prompted Jay Clayton, SEC chairman, to target the complexities in hidden fees that are bad news for investors. Fiduciaries who are fee-only are becoming a more popular option for investors who need assistance in planning out their financial future.

Clayton is looking to crack down through enforcement, but also by clarifying disclosure requirements, according to an article in Investment News. Clayton has spoken out recently about advisors who are putting money for clients into an expensive mutual fund rather than those that are low-cost. Also, he’s spoken out about a type of financial advisor who will use fund assets to pay expenses for their firm when those expenses should be covered by the firm.

There is also the issue of brokers that will mark up securities prices to give themselves a raise, and they do it in secrecy. Consumers are beginning to take notice, as they become more fluent in investment terms – and as they continue to watch market dips with apprehension.

Fiduciaries act in the best interest of the client, and they typically have less complex fee structures to prevent confusion for clients or keeping them in the dark about what they’re being charged. Commission-free fiduciaries pose far less risk of giving advice that isn’t objective. The White House under Obama put out a report that said, “Some firms incentivize advisers to steer clients into products that may have higher fees and lower returns.” This conflict of interest was estimated to cost investors $17 billion a year.

Simply put, fiduciaries are advisors who will listen to you about your fears, your goals and how you want to spend your life in retirement, then offer advice that is in your best interest. A good advisor will speak in terms that you understand, yet without talking down to you. They will charge a fee that is transparent and easy to understand.


At Family Investment Center, we’ve operated as a fiduciary since day one. Our entire team has a hands-on approach to managing clients’ accounts, which means we collaborate to ensure that every client is thoroughly covered and getting what we feel to be the best advice. Schedule an appointment with us today and find out why jargon-free, client-first service can be a straight path to confidence.

 

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