With market volatility on the rise, many investors want professional help in choosing the right product. It may make sense to choose a financial adviser who can help you with asset allocation, invest as per your time horizon and help you choose products . ET gives a lowdown on the checklist when choosing a financial adviser What is the background of the distributor? When it comes to investments you need a person you can trust a lot. A lot of this can be known by asking people around for a right reference. Of the people referred check the qualifications and experience of the adviser. He should have good knowledge of different asset class such as equity, fixed income and gold and worked through multiple cycles. He and his team should be in a position to decipher and understand how these asset classes would be affected by various domestic and international events. The adviser should be able to identify products that will meet your life stage requirements as and when they are needed. How accessible is the adviser? There is no limit on the number of clients which an adviser can enrol or engage with. It should not be that you engage with one only to realise that he has no time for you after a few months. The adviser or his team should be able to answer your queries in a reasonable period of time and should be accessible by whatever means of communication you choose which could be telephonic, email and meetings. Time is of essence in the financial world and he should be able to execute your investments in a short turnaround time. Does your adviser offer products of all fund houses? A fund house may have that one product in which it does well and you may want that. Hence ensure that your distributor can offer your products from all fund houses and not just 2-5 fund houses. There is no official website which tracks advisers in India. Hence it is important to ask for referrals or know the past background of the adviser. Use social media websites, to understand if anyone has recommended the adviser or his firm. That will give you some idea of his strengths. Check online for referrals, ask your friends or relatives for references, how long the adviser has been in business and his way of operating. How does the adviser earn his income? A good adviser needs to be compensated well, if you want his time and attention. Ask your adviser if he uses a distribution model, where he gets commission from the fund house for every investment that you make. Alternatively some advisers charge you a fee for the service, depending on the time they have to spend with you or your personalised requirements. There are many online portals that do help you make a financial plan, by gathering data from you and it could be free, while there are seasoned financial planners who could charge a fee for the same.
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Date: 2018-10-19 14:33:38