Tuesday, August 2, 2016

$8 Advice

Have you noticed the discount brokerage firms from before the meltdown are now in the financial advice business? 

It makes sense. 

Those firms know exactly how well or badly their clients did.  Ten years of trading hot-tips at eight bucks a pop didn’t work for everybody.  Either you help them pick-up the pieces or someone else will.

I don’t know if this is an opportunity for me.  We haven’t seen a lot of do-it-yourself investors over the years.

The ones who figured it out don’t need my help.

The ones who didn’t figure it out would rather show me a prickly rash than their portfolio.  It’s hard.  

When they do show me (their portfolio, that is), it’s usually because she decided they are not going down with the ship.

Bottom-line; a lot of people never developed the skills and confidence to manage their own investments.  There must be millions of them for the discounters to completely retool their marketing and operations from trading to advice (well, robo-advice, that’s another can of worms in a previous blog).

If you are in that leaky boat, look for an experienced advisor – someone you can look in the eye.  

Talk goals first, investments second.  If he starts with investments, keep looking.  When you get to your investments, relax – we’ve seen worse portfolios than yours.

I’d steer clear of junior 800-number advisors.  This is a tough business with a wicked learning-curve.  
Find someone who always knew you needed help.

Ask a friend who she uses.  You can call me.  Do your homework.

For heaven’s sake, pay for the quality your family deserves. 

Good luck.  sh

PS:  Please forward this to recovering traders you love.  They will thank you someday.  sh 

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