The financial advisory marketplace in Australia is flooded with a diverse range of options. In this scenario, finding the best firm for your requirements can be very difficult. Even the savvy investors find it hard to distinguish between various financial advisory firms. Clearly, the people who struggle to make sense of their finances will find it even more daunting. Not all financial advisors come with the same set of qualifications or levels of expertise. Different advisory firms will have varying fee structures, legal safeguards and types of services as well. Some firms will specialise in offering insurance solutions such as life or income insurance. Others will possess expertise in tax planning or investing. It goes without saying that you will need to possess basic level of understanding on these matters. At the same time, you will need to come up with some basic yardsticks by which you would be able to find the firm that offers the best services for your requirements. Some of these yardsticks could include: The types of services offered The kinds of certifications and accreditations that the advisors in the firm typically hold The performance record of the financial advisor References (including current and past clients) and, The pricing mechanism e.g. fee-based or commission-based Based on the responses you receive, you could find it easier to arrive at the correct decision. General advice warning: The information provided in this blog is intended to provide general information only and the information has been prepared without taking into account any particular person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on such information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Please refer to the term & conditions of our website for more information or ‘Our Services’ tab for the services we offer.