How to Check Out a Financial Advisor

Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were excerpted with permission of the publisher, John Wiley & Sons (www.wiley.com), from “Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor,” by Chuck Jaffe. Copyright 2010 by Chuck Jaffe. You would think figuring out who to turn to when you need financial help would be as simple as telling yourself,…

 

Why Your Financial Adviser Should Be a Fiduciary

Many do-it-yourself investors may wonder if this article is relevant to their situation. But think about your life during retirement and your interest may change. As we age, it’s common for even do-it-yourself investors to seek the services of a financial adviser, especially in our later years. Given that you may eventually engage a financial…

 

Creating and Following a Real Financial Plan

Carl Richards is a certified financial planner, director of investor education for the BAM Alliance, and creator of the weekly Sketch Guy column at The New York Times. He spoke to AAII about the benefits of having an easy-to-follow financial plan. Could you explain what a financial plan should be? Most people have a conceptual…

 

The Advantages of Charitable Trusts

Do you have a significant college reunion that’s inspiring you to make a large gift? Perhaps there is a capital campaign for your favorite cause. These are the kinds of giving opportunities that should have you considering a charitable trust. For example, a charitable remainder trust allows you to make a major gift while still…

 

Annuities for Long-Term Care

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Because we are all living longer, today’s investor is definitely concerned with end of life issues and making sure that enough coverage is in place as Father Time starts to take over. As we all know, annuities are primarily used for lifetime…

 

10 Common Mistakes Made With Beneficiary Designations

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Estate planning truly is the ultimate gift for your loved ones. A comprehensive estate plan should always include a review of the titles and beneficiary designations for all assets. You want to ensure they are consistent with your estate planning goals. Otherwise, unintended…

 

Advocating the Paycheck Strategy for Lifetime Investing

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. The Paycheck Strategy for Lifetime Investing is outside of the current investment paradigm of professional investment advisers, but we believe it can be the basis for a strategy to ensure a flow of income. Instead of focusing on periodic investment gains and losses,…

 

Researching Your Advisor

Most investors won’t buy a stock or mutual fund without doing some level of analysis or research beforehand. Yet, surprisingly, there are those who will follow the advice of a financial planner, insurance agent or other money professional without doing some type of background check. In a recent AdviceIQ article, Sterling Raskie offers some suggestions…

 

Time to Start Planning Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions

As the calendar draws to a close on 2015, many of us will participate in an age-old tradition: drafting our New Year’s resolutions. The other tradition is to abandon those resolutions within the first few weeks of the New Year, or even sooner. However, a data from Fidelity Investment’s New Year’s Resolutions study shows that…

 

Don’t Underestimate Health Care Costs in Retirement

In a recent Bankrate.com article, Sheyna Steiner cautions would-be retirees to expect health care costs in retirement to be higher than they expect. In her article, Steiner cites research from Healthview Services that indicates that the average lifetime cost for health care for a couple retiring in 2015 will be $266,589. Fidelity Investments puts the number at…