DEFINITION of 'Financial Adviser'

A professional who helps individuals manage their finances by providing advice on money issues such as investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement, depending on what the client requests. Some financial advisors are paid a flat fee for their advice, while others earn commissions from the investments they sell to their clients. Fee-only arrangements are widely regarded to be better for the client.

BREAKING DOWN 'Financial Adviser'

Aside from asking friends and family for referrals, professional organizations like the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) can help you find an advisor. When choosing a financial advisor, it's important to ask if they have any FINRA licenses or official credentials. Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), chartered financial analyst (CFA), chartered financial consultant (ChFC), and registered investment advisor (RIA) are good indicators of an advisor's qualifications.

Do you think that it's time to get advice on your finances? Check out the article on Find the Right Financial Advisor.
For Financial Advisers with a vision to be successful, read How To Be A Top Financial Advisor

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