ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Choosing A Financial Planner

Updated on September 23, 2013
How's your Nest Egg doing?
How's your Nest Egg doing?

What is a Financial Planner?

I would recommend that we all go out and find a Financial Planner we can trust. I have been to banks, I have talked to several different investment professionals which were not linked to banks. Most of us do need an advisor to guide us and help define our financial future. Your advisor will make recommendations based on facts that they have researched.

A Financial Planner is a person who gives investment advice and renders financial planning services to individuals, businesses and governments.

Besides investment advice Financial Planners also cover the following areas:

  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Tax strategies
  • Asset protection
  • Cash flow planning
  • Financial coaching

I personally need this coaching and since having chosen our Financial Planner things have taken a definite turn for the better. Our Planner lets us know if there are changes coming in the future and what we can expect. He has diversified our investments across a lower risk area so that we have minimal risk of loss. Please make sure that when you do sign up that you have in writing how much of your investment money is guaranteed.

One major thing to keep in mind, don't be so concerned on saving your money that you miss out on life in hopes of having a Grand Retirement, continue to enjoy life but budget wisely for your future. I'll be the first to admit that we live very frugally and I drive a car that is around thirteen years old, it's just a work car and it still gets me to work. I have grown past the point of caring what others think of what I drive but on the other hand am beginning to search the market for a good used car that will last me a few years.

Finding the Right Financial Planner

What you want to look for when you are searching for someone to help manage your finances.

  • You want an Agent in a location close enough to home so it is not a long journey when you do wish or need to go and see the agent.
  • Advisor has been consistently successful when you look at the past history.
  • You want a long term financial partner
  • Has a professional designation as in CFP, CFU or CLCU, there are a variety of others but remember this designation is not a guarantee that all will go well.

  • Why you should choose a CFP Professional! Certified Financial Planner, Certification is the industry gold standard in financial planning. CFP professionals are the largest identifiable body of licensed financial planners in Canada with over 17,500 individuals meeting the strict standards to attain this designation. A Certified Financial Planner professional has met high standards of financial planning professionalism and abides by a Code of Ethics, which is strictly enforced by Financial Planners Standards Council.

  • Listen for direct and knowledgeable, beware of the advisor that offers simplistic solutions or vague reassurances
  • An Agent that speaks the same language as you do; meaning that the Agent does take the time to explain things to you fully.
  • Don't rely on your gut feeling!
  • How do they get paid? Is it direct fee based or will it be commission based? Direct fee means that you will pay him or her their monthly, quarterly or yearly fee, it is not based upon commission from investment or insurance products they sell. The main benefit of hiring a fee-only planner is that you know your planner won't have any conflicts of interest. For instance, your planner would have no reason to recommend life insurance if you didn't need it, since he or she wouldn't get a commission for selling it to you. It's also easier to keep track of what you're paying your planner.
  • How do they propose to work with you?
  • What are you trying to achieve, what are your goals?
  • Check with friends or co-workers, see if they know of a Financial services office that they would recommend.
  • Check the disciplinary history, call your securities regulator. You can call FPSC to see if they are a CFP® professional in good standing or check them out online using the In Good Standing tool.
  • Not all Financial Planners are equal in their experience or ethics and may not always act on the clients best interest.
  • Interview your potential Financial Planner, just because you go to one planners office does not mean you have to go with that planner. Remember it is your money and future, you need to feel confident that the planner you choose is trustworthy, ethical, experienced and is going to be around for the long term.
  • Ask for a registration or disclosure document detailing the method of compensation, conflicts of interest, business affiliations and personal qualifications.

Don't be afraid to ask these and any other questions that you feel need a full and open answer. Any professional will welcome them. (Quoted from the Financial Planning Standards Council Website.)

  1. What are your qualifications?
  2. What experience do you have?
  3. What services do you offer?
  4. What is your approach to financial planning?
  5. Will you be the only person working with me?
  6. How will I pay for your services?
  7. How much do you typically charge?
  8. Could anyone besides me benefit from your recommendations?
  9. Are you regulated by any organization?
  10. Can I have it in writing?

Where you can find:

  • Canada CFP member check
  • Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
  • Reports on Disciplinary Actions
  • Check on your Financial Planner or a Brokerage Check

Questions For Your Financial Planner

Once you have found the Planner that is right for you here are some areas they can help you in.

  • How should I plan for my retirement?
  • How can I lower my tax bill?
  • How can I plan for my children's education?
  • How can I ensure the financial security of my family?
  • How do I develop an investment strategy that supports my lifestyle?
  • How can I ensure that my wealth is transferred to my loved ones?
  • I have money to invest. Where do I begin?
  • How can I manage my short-term needs while maintaining my long-term financial goals?

Financial planning can help you . . .

  • Minimize the taxes you pay
  • Maximize your investment returns
  • Make your retirement years more comfortable and secure
  • Handle your day-to-day finances faster and easier
  • Increase your savings and optimize the growth of your wealth
  • Improve your cash flow for a better balance between income and expenses
  • Accumulate funds for special goals, like higher education for children
  • Look after your dependents in case of death or disability
  • Estimate your insurance needs
  • Have more confidence in your financial decisions
  • Transfer the assets of your estate to your heirs in the most effective way


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Diana Mendes profile image

      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Useful suggestions & tips. Thanks for sharing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)