Someone once called me a unicorn (their term, not mine), since they found it hard to find someone like me.
This was because I don’t have sales licenses for product sales. I’m fee-only and a fiduciary as a result. Actually, only a small, but growing, percentage of financial advisers are fee-ONLY.
You can vet me extensively below where I’ve placed key links in one place for you.
Most people don’t know there’s this difference.
So, what IS the difference between advisers? Most people don’t know there are many differences.
I’m registered for investment advice under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. How can you tell if someone is registered this way? Look at their ADV which they are required by the Act to give you either before or soon after you meet (you can request it earlier too) …. WHO is listed as the Registered Investment Adviser? Didn’t get an ADV? Then it is likely they’re registered under the Act below.
I am NOT registered for investment sales under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which governs licensing of brokers and dealers, who may work on as fee-based (commissions and fees). There’s an often missed difference between the terms fee-only and fee-based that people miss.
More info from FINRA on definitions and more may be found here.
Details about how to find my specific registration may be found here.
My book called “Wealth Odyssey” has sales even after many years since publication. It describes how the various areas of personal finance fit together so people see the bigger picture, rather than just separate pieces, and make better decisions about the over financial journey through life.
My information on the Fee Only Network.
Bottom line: 1) I’m a fiduciary and bound to act in your interests, 2) my fees are based on either assets under advisement, or hourly charges (not both), and compensation is not based on product sales or brokerage commissions, and finally 3) I do not receive other transaction-based compensation from a brokerage firm or product sponsor.
PS. Additional information may be found through my completed answers to NAPFA’s Comprehensive Financial Advisor Diagnostic.
PPS. If you feel I’m too far away, you can find a unicorn nearer to you using the “Find an Adviser” feature through the fee-only association National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
PPPS. This post explains how to get the most education out of this blog site too.