What does a financial advisor actually do?

A financial advisor acts as a guide to help navigate clients through the financial challenges of life:

  • Listen to clients to learn about their unique financial situation
  • Help define financial goals for the near-and long-term
  • Set priorities for working toward those goals
  • Identify investments and ways to achieve financial goals
  • Advise and counsel clients through life events to help them stay on track
What specific types of financial areas does an advisor handle?

Advisors help clients develop a plan to spend, save and invest wisely while working toward future goals:

  • Buying a house and remodeling
  • Creating a cushion for financial emergencies
  • Taking care of a growing family
  • Funding a college education
  • Saving for retirement
  • Living out retirement plans and dreams
  • Estate planning
What kinds of financial “tools” and strategies does an advisor use?

Advisors help clients employ a number of strategies and financial products to make their money work harder while working within a comfortable level of risk tolerance.

  • Insurance
  • Money Market Accounts
  • 529 College Plans
  • Pensions
  • 401(k)s, 403(b)s
  • IRAs
  • Market Investments: Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Real Estate, Commodities
Can my advisor buy and sell stocks and bonds?

Generally, yes.

  • Clients can set up a brokerage account through Lesko to buy and sell stocks and bonds.
  • Securities are offered through Lesko Securities, Inc., a registered broker/dealer and member of FINRA (www.finra.org, brokercheck.finra.org) and SIPC.
  • There are numerous other financial investment options available through Lesko
Why should someone work with a financial advisor instead of handling their finances themselves?

There are a number of reasons. A good advisor:

  • Is educated about the complex financial world
  • Has experience and expertise honed through years of working through all kinds of financial situations
  • Will take time to work through minute details
  • Is backed up by a team well-versed in various areas of financial knowledge
  • Can coordinate all areas of a client’s financial life to help save time and effort
How does a financial advisor charge for services?

There are three ways financial advisors get paid:

  • Commission-Based – client pays an upfront commission and a percentage of the investment
  • Fee-Based – client pays a percentage on assets the firm is investing
  • Fee-Only – usually a per-hour fee, similar to lawyers and accountants

Lesko offers all three options and allows our clients to choose what works best for them.

How do I know my financial advisor can be trusted?

A good financial advisor helps clients choose the right investments for their particular situation and won’t try to sell them what they don’t need. They aim for:

  • Diversification and a well-balanced mix
  • The long-term view–not quick returns
  • Making the most of the current economic climate
  • Risk tolerance
Isn’t financial planning just for the very wealthy?

The financial world is becoming more complex every day and it helps to have a guide to navigate today’s challenges at every level of investment

  • Lesko Financial Services has a policy of turning no client away, no matter how small
  • Many of the large financial conglomerates have minimums clients must invest
  • Larger financial companies use outsourced call centers for moderate and small investors
How should I choose an advisor?

Find an advisor you’re comfortable with, one who is interested in your goals and will put your best interests before making money. Look for:

  • Experience backed by a team with a solid reputation
  • Professionalism and courtesy
  • Full disclosure on methods of payment
  • An honest explanation on how they will invest your money and make money from those investments
  • Choose an advisor you will look forward to seeing
What is a fiduciary?
Under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940 all Registered Investment Advisers must act as a Fiduciary to their clients. Under U.S. law the Fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care that one owes another. Definition of Fiduciary – As a fiduciary, an adviser must avoid conflicts of interest with clients and is prohibited from overreaching or taking unfair advantage of a client’s trust. A fiduciary owes its clients more than mere honesty and good faith alone. A fiduciary must be sensitive to the conscious and unconscious possibility of providing less than disinterested advice, and it may be faulted even when it does not intend to injure a client and even if the client does not suffer a monetary loss. (Regulation of Investment Advisers by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; March 2013 pg. 22)  https://www.sec.gov/about/offices/oia/oia_investman/rplaze-042012.pdf