The value of having a financial advisor may not be what you think, unless you have the right kind of advisor. People don’t hire an advisor to beat the market, or to plan tax strategies. People hire an advisor to free them from worrying about their money and allow them to do what they want to do. Here’s an example from another advisor:
I had an appointment scheduled [with a couple], but the wife showed up first. Her husband was coming from work, and he had gotten stuck in traffic. The wife and I began talking casually as we waited for her husband to arrive. She started telling me some of the ways that working with a financial advisor had helped their family. She and her husband had taken several vacations as a couple and also gone on some trips with their kids. These were things they wouldn’t necessarily have felt comfortable doing before, because they would’ve considered them extravagant. Previously, they couldn’t have taken these trips without spending the whole time worrying about whether or not they could afford them. But thanks to our work together, they had felt free to do so — and they had made some really valuable memories.
I was surprised to hear all that, partly because I hadn’t known about these vacations, and also because the client seemed to value something in the advisory relationship that was different from what I would typically think of as being [my role].
If you think of a financial advisor as a stockbroker who’s going to sell you investments, you have the wrong idea. Registered Investment Advisors, like Korving & Company, act as the family’s “Chief Investment Officer.” We provide people peace of mind about their finances, so that they can spend more time on the things in life that bring them the most happiness.
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Arie J. Korving, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, has been delivering customized wealth management solutions to his clients for more than three decades. Prior to co-founding Korving & Company, he was First Vice President with UBS Wealth Management and held management positions with General Electric.