are the propellors of life.
One can’t be an expert at everything. So one hires others to do stuff for one.
Of course one has to make it worth the other person’s while.
And the person you’ve hired needs to do the best possible job for you.
This used to be the pattern in the business of money. After the turn of the century, things started going haywire.
The middle-person in the business of money used to be a long-term wealth enhancer. His or her primary motivation was the creation and appreciation of your wealth.
Now, his or her focus is on the commissions generated by maximal short-term churning of your portfolio. This is dangerous for you.
I don’t know any wealth-manager who will share your loss with you. If earlier the loss would be felt only emotionally / morally by your wealth manager, even that is gone. So now, there’s nothing that’s stopping investment advice from becoming a function of the commission offered to the wealth manager. If a product offers more commission, that’s the product being recommended.
Where does that leave you?
Frankly, I feel that one is better off without an investment advisor. The web offers enough information on any and every investment product in existence. All you need to do is invest your time.
No time, you say? Who’s money is it? Yours, right? Then you need to jolly well take out the time. Only you can do justice to the proper, balanced and judicious investment of your funds.
So come on, snap out of any laziness. One hour a day to carve out a trajectory for your hard-earned money is all that’s required. If for nothing else, do it for your kids.