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Jan 30, 2008
Wealth strategies that address this altering future are also changing every day, bringing a greater level of complexity to the decision making process. With the advent of at-your-fingertips technologies, we live in a global society rich in information and knowledge.

Financial advisors must have increasingly sophisticated methods for synthesizing the information into high-quality advice. Before web-based information, most individuals had a "Do it for me" approach.

During the 1990's, there was a dramatic shift with more people wanting to "Do it myself," approach that worked for some and was fatal to many. Recent studies show that today, the emerging model is more of a "Do it together" approach.

What it means is that people want an advisor with financial prowess who understands them individually. They also want one who realizes that the decision-making process includes an ongoing dialogue with their advisor so they understand the decisions they are making.

However, with the interactions of various complex financial products, professional help is very useful and it's worth paying an advisor to ensure you get it right, especially on the following: annuities, endowments, financial and tax planning, investments, mortgages, protection products and pensions.

Advisers are legally divided into one of three types.

Independent Financial Advisors: these people can advise and sell products from any provider right across the market and are obliged to give the best advice.

Tied Advisors: these advisors can only sell and advise on products from one bank insurer's own range. Their job's to try to sign you up to one of their companies' products.

Multi-tied Advisors: these advisors are allowed to sell and advise on products from a limited panel of firms. While this is better than tied advisers, it's still not your best choice because of the strict rules they must follow.

If you are going to get professional advice, always check to make sure you obtain an Independent Financial Advisor. These advisors are able to look at products from the entire market, unlike tied or multi-tied advisors who can only sell from a limited range.

Also, tax accountants are often crucial and unavoidable if you're self-employed or have complicated tax affairs. Mortgage brokers will look at all of the mortgage lenders to pick the best price for you and evaluate your personal situation.

And last, it is advised not to use a bank manager for money advice. They have proven to be uncompetitive, limited in range and often try to persuade you to purchase products totally unnecessary.
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