Wealth Managers: Are They Worth It?
Brian Carrozzi - November 4, 2013
Finding the right wealth manager can be one of the most rewarding accomplishments you can achieve. There are many great wealth managers out there that can really make a difference in you achieving your retirement goals and actually being able to comfortably retire. That being said, not every wealth manager is a great fit for each individual. You need to take the time and make sure you find the right one to fit your personality and objectives. If you succeed at that, a wealth manager can be a huge asset to your financial success. Here are a few of the reasons why:
- Wealth managers bring expertise to the table that you don’t have and would take years to learn and develop on your own. Some of them even specialize in specific niche areas like international investing, precious metals or managing clients with large net worth.
- Wealth managers are also invaluable with assisting you in setting goals and objectives. They often force you to sit down and make a plan with them. During this initial consultation, they help you predict your monthly income needs in retirement and then calculate your total retirement goal and develop a strategy with you.
- Wealth managers will require you to sit down with them one or more times per year to review how you’re progressing and review any life changes that have occurred like marriage or new children being born and how that may affect your plan.
- The best thing about hiring a wealth manager is that they monitor and do a lot of the administrative work for you so that it frees up your time to do other things. The best ones will often call you from time to time as they change in and out of investments to keep you on target to achieve your goals.
One of the most challenging obstacles to a wealth manager’s worth is the fees and commissions that they charge and the investments they have available to their clients. There are many firms out there that have funds that outperform the market for periods of time. Other wealth managers prefer to use lower cost ETF’s as a vehicle to compound growth. How much they charge in load fees and commissions can be crucial. You need to understand what all the fees and commissions amount to so that there are no surprises. There can be situations where the market goes up by 3% but your account shows no gain. This can be because of the fees and commissions that you paid. In cases like this it seems like wealth managers aren’t worth it, however, there are many good ones out there that will perform well even after fees, it’s just important to understand how the big picture is affected.
Wealth managers can be a great tool in your arsenal if you choose the right one. They’re especially valuable if you hate planning or don’t understand what your retirement needs are. If you also lack the time to manage your accounts, it makes a lot of sense to pay someone else to do that for you. The last thing you want to do is get to retirement and only then realize that you should’ve had a wealth manager all along.
Disclaimer: Please seek professional advice regarding tax liability and investing options based on your personal situation.