Questions to Ask a Financial Planner

How to choose should a trustworthy, resourceful, knowledgeable, and creative financial planner.


To find your best financial planner match, first consider the type of help you want. Are you just getting started in investing? do you need an advisor whom you can see in person? Do you need a financial advisor who provides complete wealth management under one roof? Then explore fees, qualifications, your working relationship, investment details and more.

Ask the following questions to find out how well a financial planner will be able to serve your needs:

  1. How long have you been providing financial planning services?

  2. In what area(s) of financial planning do you specialize, if any?

  3. Do you have any advanced degrees, certificates or financial planning credentials?

  4. What securities and insurance licenses do you hold?

  5. How often have you performed similar services in the past?

  6. What type of financial planning service do you think I need based on my goals?

  7. On average, how long have your financial planning clients used your services?

  8. What independent organizations may I contact to verify your credentials, such as FINRA, the SEC, and the CFP Board?

  9. How are you compensated for your services?

  10. Which companies will custody my accounts and what are their financial situations?

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