What is a Fee-Based advisor?
A Fee-Based advisor is similar to a Fee-Only advisor in the sense that BOTH are fiduciaries.
A fiduciary owes to clients a duty of good faith and trust. The highest legal duty of one party to another, being a fiduciary requires being bound ethically to act in the other’s best interests.
The fiduciary standard of care requires that a financial advisor act solely in the client’s best interest when offering personalized financial advice.
Money management fees
Fee-Based advisors, like Fee-Only advisors, make the bulk of their money charging clients a fee to manage their investable asset (stocks, mutual funds, etc).
Advice with less limitations
Unlike Fee-Only advisors who have essentially sworn a cult like oath to never making a commission, Fee-Based advisors CAN make commissions when selling fixed insurance products.
Why is this a HUGE differentiation between the two types of advisors?
That’s really what this entire website is all about. The ignorance and built-in biases Fee-Only advisors have when it comes to any product that pays a commission.
As you’ll read in the Bad part of this website, the vast majority of Fee-Only advisors know very little if anything about commission based fixed annuities and cash value life.
As the author of books titled: Retiring Without Risk and Peace of Mind Planning: Losing Money is No Longer an Option, I can state as a fact that it is impossible, absolutely impossible, for a financial planner to give clients suitable and comprehensive financial planning advice unless you know well and incorporate the use of fixed life and annuity products.
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Summary on Fee-Based advisors
Fee-Based advisors are much more likely to know and appropriately use the previously listed retirement tools.
The chances that a Fee-Only advisor knows anything about these products or uses them appropriately in a financial/retirement plan is close to ZERO (which is why I created this site to educate consumers on the limitations and biases of Fee-Only advisors (ones that are normally not disclosed to clients)).
Roccy DeFrancesco, JD
Author of Bad Advisors: How to Identify Them; How to Avoid Them