Smart Risk Magazine Spring 2018 | Page 7

SPRING 2 0 1 8 • • • including the concepts of risk and return, diversification, asset allocation and the virtue of discipline. The architect that builds a long-term wealth management strategy that matches the client’s risk appetite and life goals. INVESTMENT ADVISOR 7 "AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF TRANSPARENCY IS TRUST." The coach that reinforces the investment strategy and benefits when emotions run high or fear sets in. The guardian that scans the horizon for issues that may affect the client and keep them informed about possible outcomes. When interviewing advisors to select the right one, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. As an investment advisor myself, I am asked a wide range of questions by potential clien ts when we meet – dealing with everything from my personal history to past performance to client deliverables. Here are a few basic questions that I think every investor should ask: • • How do you describe your investment approach? • What is your ideal client profile and am I a good fit for your practice? • • • How do you develop the right investment strategies for each client? How have your clients’ portfolios fared in down markets? What type of risk management strategy do you use for your clients to deal with downturns or adverse market conditions? What is your client retention rate? How often do you meet with clients to discuss future strategies and past performance? How do you charge for your services? Once you find the right investment advisor – one with whom you can feel confident has your best interests in mind, has an honest, intelligent approach and has the expertise to stay on top of the evolving financial landscape, hold on to them dearly. Avoid the trap of judging your advisor’s value based on short-term investment performance, and focus on what you and your advisor can control, by them helping you: • • • • • Create an investment plan to fit your needs and risk tolerance. Structure a portfolio tilted towards capturing positive expected returns. Diversify globally. Manage expenses, turnover, and taxes. Stay disciplined through market dips and swings. A good financial advisor can help you focus on actions that add value in the long run. This can lead to a better investment experience and help you meet your goals sooner. VISIT WWW.SMARTRISKINVESTING.COM