Written by Dave Young, President & Founder of Paragon Wealth Management

For some
reason, it has always been easier to lose money than it is to make it and keep
it.

Managing
your own investments can be done successfully, but it is not easy. First, it
requires a time commitment to research and track your investments. Second, it
requires discipline to stick with your strategy through challenging times.
Third, and most difficult, it requires you to remove emotion from your
investment process.

Studies
have shown that most investors would be better off with the help of a financial
adviser. Unfortunately, finding the “right” adviser is difficult. Most
investors hire someone they “trust”. However, “trust” is very intangible and
difficult to quantify. Also, the size of the firm or familiarity of the brand
name does not indicate the quality of the advice provided.

To make
sure you don’t get stuck with a salesperson when you are really looking for an
adviser, make sure you ask these four questions:

  • Fiduciary?
    Fiduciary advisers have a legal obligation to put your
    interests ahead of their own.  A minority
    of all financial advisers actually meet the fiduciary requirement.
  • Experience?
    How many years have they been managing money? Ideally, your
    adviser has experience investing in both good markets and bad markets. In the
    final analysis, you are paying an adviser for their experience.
  • Track
    record?
    Legitimate
    advisers will be able to show you a clear report of what they’ve done for their
    clients over the years. Any adviser who refuses to show you their past performance
    should be crossed off your list.
  • Conflict
    of interest?
    By
    working only with advisers who are paid through management fees and not
    commissions you can make sure their interests are aligned with yours.You
    should never own a product with a surrender charge.
As I mentioned, it has always been easier to lose
money than it is to make money. Implementing these tips will help you find a
great adviser.
Disclaimer
Paragon Wealth Management is a provider of managed portfolios for individuals and institutions. Although the information included in this report has been obtained from sources Paragon believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy. All opinions and estimates included in this report constitute the judgment as of the dates indicated and are subject to change without notice. This report is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.