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“I’ll just pay someone to manage my money”

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It’s one thing to pay people to wash your car and mow your lawn. But paying to have your money managed exposes you to a field rife with people who make money off commissions, not off your success. Plus, you adopt a hands-off approach that’s just dumb when it comes to your own money. Oh yeah, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars (or more) over the lifetime of a typical investment.

It’s not that hard: Sensible buy-and-hold investing means you win. Learn about it.

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See Part 1 of this series.

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Ryan
Ryan
10 years 2 months ago

I really like this series. It kind of rings of PSA to me, but the sensical text accompanying the pictures is a lot better than any government sponsored crap. And while I’m a fan of bold investing, I think you mean “buy-and-hold” 🙂

Thanks for improving personal finance awareness.

Ramit Sethi
10 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the compliment! Also, thanks for the pointer about the typo. It’s fixed now.

Mike
Mike
10 years 2 months ago

Just to fix another typo, you’ve got “But paying to have your your money…”

I enjoy the pictural series, particularly the text over the eyes.

Ramit Sethi
10 years 2 months ago

Fixed. Thanks, Mike.

Mike
10 years 2 months ago

Having a trained person to manage your accounts is a normal thing, not cheap, but at least you will know how to invest your money in the future.

K
10 years 2 months ago

So do you consider lawyers and accountants a waste of money too?

A good financial advisor (and I have one of those) is not a glorified salesperson, just like a good accountant is not simply a sub for a tax prep program.

Of course, the advisor is just that an advisor but advisors can be a valuable part of an investing team.

Ramit Sethi
10 years 2 months ago

Actually, yes, I do consider a financial advisor a waste of money for young people (unless they have extraordinary circumstances like a huge inheritance).

This is stuff we can learn ourselves. And paying someone to do it isn’t like paying a gardener. It costs much, much more, both in money and in our lack of developing the right habits for the long term.

Let me add that I consider commission-based advisors a waste no matter what point you are in life.

K
10 years 2 months ago
Ramit, I could learn about investing aggressively for the rest of my life (I plan to) and not know everything there is. That’s what I pay my financial advisor for. To come up with different ideas. (That and to give me a second opinion, oh and to save me from the dual demons fear and greed). One single investing idea that I would have missed has paid for about 10 years of fees. I’ve had this financial advisor since graduating. He took me on as a client not based on my huge dollars (I was investing $25 a month at… Read more »
mansoor
10 years 2 months ago

Love the series!

Im one of the ‘young ppl’ and its proving to be quite helpful… i was thinking about getting a mutual fund.. but now im thinking of re’thinking my strategy

Noel Jackson
10 years 1 month ago

Ramit,

Have you had one before? If so, why is 1% such a big deal (that is pretty much the norm)? I think it’s more than worth the wonderful job they do (that mine does).

Data to back this up would be nice. (That is said with complete sincerity.)

I think most young people don’t have the time nor the intrigue to actually manage their money successfully.

Delegating someone to perform crucial money-related tasks is difficult, but finding the right financial advisor that you trust and that delivers the goods is priceless.

Carlin
Carlin
10 years 1 month ago
1% can add up to a lot of money. And for people who don’t have time to research specific stocks, there are always index funds (which usually outperform actively managed funds over time). Thing is, people want the big returns, but they realize they don’t have the expertise to do it, so they hire someone. Is this smart? Does it make sense? Isn’t buying into a mutual fund managed by Bill Miller and paying the 2% as opposed to the .2% for a S&P 500 index fund along the same lines? No, not really. You could buy shares of Berkshire… Read more »
B
B
10 years 1 month ago
The only opposition I have to dismissing professional advisors completely is that by meeting with them face-to-face, they’re able to listen to what else might be going on with you financially. I have about 10K in an IRA and a cash account distributed among five of the huge actively managed American Funds (AGTHX, AIVSX, AEPGX, CWGIX and CAIBX), all acquired through Edward Jones (most before I understood those huge 5.75% front-end loads and how that will affect my bottom line). That being said, American Funds do tend to outperform the market (all five met or beat the S&P 500 during… Read more »
ricemutt
10 years 1 month ago
Personally, I have to agree with Ramit on this one, at least in terms of my own situation. I looked into using one of Schwab’s premium client services last year and after accounting for fees, the return was no better, or even worse, than investing in an index fund. Couple of things I asked: the service’s performance over the last several years, if the Schwab rep I talked to used the service (he didn’t, opting for mutual funds instead, not a good sign). I’ve been meaning to write about this but have yet to find where on earth I packed… Read more »
Investorial
10 years 1 month ago

Out of the 3 in the series so far, I like this one the best and have put it up on my blog’s homepage.

Ramit, you might want to consider the size of the images more carefully, some blogs don’t have those width in their sidebars. It’s a bit hard to incorporate the other sizes. This one just fits, but I can’t put it on my other pages except the homepage.

Keep this series going!

cmadler
10 years 1 month ago

If all you’re paying an advisor for is investment allocation and rebalancing, you probably are wasting your money. But several posters have pointed out other areas that a financial advisor will help many people with.

BillNJ
BillNJ
10 years 8 days ago
I disagree with your suggestion that using a Financial Advisor is always a waste of money. People need to understand their owntemperament and ability to manage theirinvestments (gets even harder when you are married with children). Why do people have a hard time admitting that some people are better with Finance/money management than others. No problem admitting that some people are very talented tennis players or runners – but, don’t say that about fiinance or economics. In an era where the IRA has replaced the Pension Fund – If you had a pension fund you would have professional management. Seeking… Read more »
Ramit Sethi
10 years 8 days ago

Who said always? Not me.

NP
NP
9 years 1 month ago

My job as a human being is to make money for the sake of survival. It is retarded to pay someone to do your job.

Aiden
Aiden
9 years 1 month ago
My biggest tip would be this… make sure when dealing with financial advisors… you’re actually dealing with a person who can provide you services in everything, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds (as opposed to just mutual funds). If all they can sell you are mutual funds, you may be getting caught in an ugly heap because that’s all they’re able to get commission off of. And besides, the better firms will all be equipped with those needs anyways like Goldman Sachs, Merril Lynch, or Ameriprise Financial. Again, the key is a series 7 license. This isn’t to say that those… Read more »
Roxanne
Roxanne
8 years 5 months ago

What do you guys think of Fidelitys Management Service?
They want one percent to manage my ira.

JP
JP
7 years 11 months ago

The proof is an advisor who only works from clients sending me new prospects. How can this exist? Are they stupid? I don’t make cold calls. I don’t spend any money on marketing. My phone rings because my clients don’t share in the pain.

I’m a fee based advisor.

My favorite recent value is when I took millions of dollars, all of my clients money, and moved it out of the market July 2007.

My 1% fee or -33% and counting.

Laura @ BeyondBeerMoney
7 years 5 months ago

If you’re going to pay someone to manage your money, you should pay someone to:

1) make love to your girl or boyfriend
2) party for you
3) exercise for you.

You’ll get equally good results!!!

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