Some investors choose to manage their investments themselves, and others choose to hire help. Either can be a fine choice as long as you check in on your portfolio periodically and are mindful of any management fees you pay.
Financial advisors aren’t only for the wealthy. They offer services at a variety of price levels, and some investors find their guidance and hand-holding helpful.
|Pros of financial advisors||Cons of financial advisors|
|Requires less stress and research on your part||Can be expensive|
|Keeps your asset allocation and rebalancing on track||Some have conflicts of interest—and may be mainly interested in selling products|
|Offers experience and professional judgment||Even experts can make bad decisions|
If you decide to hire a financial advisor, here are a few things to consider:
Robo-advisors provide automated, all-digital investment management. Offered by a range of startups and established financial firms, they pick your investments—usually a range of index funds or ETFs—and automatically rebalance your portfolio for you. They’re usually low fee but aren’t as personalized as human advisors; you can’t, for example, call them up if you start freaking out about the market.