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The Importance of Financial Consultants

Mar 21, 2008
Everyone has some kind of goals and dreams in his life. But your goals and dreams would remain just a dream if you don't effectively plan to achieve it. With careful financial planning and better management of assets, one could easily achieve his dreams. It would be even easier and effective if you get assistance of a professional to devise a better plan for meeting your future goals.

In other words, you could definitely and easily achieve your goals and accomplish your dream by hiring the services of an expert financial consultant.

A financial consultant or planner is an expert who can provide consulting services and advise and assist clients to opt for most appropriate products. A financial consultant has extensive knowledge in almost all facets of finance such as budgeting, taxation, forecasting, allocation of assets, tools and products.

Hence, they are able to make available their clients a continuum of services including management of cash flow, investment and retirement planning, education planning, tax and insurance planning, estate planning, risk management, and business succession planning.

The services of a financial consultant would be highly beneficial for those people who have debts but at the same time high income or other significant sources to pay off the debts with better assistance; a business firm which is going to start a new venture and requiring assistance for better organization of assets and finance; people with exceptionally high income and looking for assistance to invest in some beneficial sources; and people who have gained a large sum of money as a result of promotion, retirement, or inheritance, and seeking assistance on how to manage it effectively.

However, financial planners are not recommended for people who are in utter debt and do not have any significant resource to pay it, since hiring an expert planner would cost much and it may sometimes even lead people to further debt.

Depending upon the personal as well as business requirements of people, financial consultants perform a variety of functions. Different types of financial planners include fee-only planners and commission-based consultants. As the name suggests, a fee-only advisor is paid entirely by the client and does not receive any kind of benefit in the form of commission. On contrary, commission based planners' incomes are based on percentage of the success of a client's investment portfolio.

Let it be of any type, a financial consultant typically carries out a broad range of functions such as

- Identification of goals, ie to know the personal as well as business goals of a client such as purchasing a home, education and marriage purposes of children, repayment of debts, and health-related expenses

- Collecting and organizing relevant data such as client's income and expenditure statement, income tax returns, and credit reports, in order to get an idea of the current financial status of clients

- Analysis and determination of data by keeping in mind the immediate financial requirements of clients

- Advising clients to take part in certain programs including retirement accounts, investments, and trusts, in order to help achieve their future goals

- Helping the clients to implement the plan by setting up a timeline

- Supervising the progress of the plan and making necessary modifications in the plan to suit the present financial situation of the client

However, in order to undertake these tasks effectively, it is important that a financial consultant must possess certain important requirements such as excellent negotiation and communication skills, ability to explain complex matters to clients, ability to solve financial problems tactfully as well as easily, good command over subjects like mathematic, computer, and statistics, extensive knowledge on different types of products, accuracy, and trustworthiness and honesty.

With scores of financial consultant firms in the scenario, it is not at all a tedious process to find a competent financial planner. However, it is vital to make a thorough investigation regarding its reputation and service rendered. It must also be ensured whether the financial consultant you have chosen is licensed or registered. It would be plus point if they are a member of any of the reputable financial consultant association. You can easily find an expert with the help of sources such as the internet, yellow books, magazines, and reviews.
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The Zetland Financial Group provides the offshore investor with fiduciary Services, investment management and corporate advisory services , offering personal service and professional advice with total confidentiality.
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