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Top 8 financial terms that can make or break your future.
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It’s a good thing to hear when searching for a financial advisor. Fiduciary duty is a legal responsibility to put a client’s interests before theirs. Enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). They are required to show you how they’re compensated and any outside conflicts of interest that could affect the recommendations they make. A fiduciary cannot, for example, recommend anything that doesn’t benefit you but instead provides a kickback to them.
Fee Structure: How is your advisor compensated.
- “fee only” – you pay a flat percentage of your total investments;
- “commission” – advisors earn a commission on each transaction they make;
- “hourly” fee – you are charged for the time advisors spend giving you advice; or
- “kickback/soft-dollars” – your advisor receives non-disclosed compensation through your investments.
an investigation and research of a potential investment or product to confirm all facts, that might include the review of financial records and reports.
the movement of money up and down, a rate measured by financial returns over a given period.
the absolute and real loss of money.
refers to the amount of market volatility, ups and downs, an investor can tolerate. It’s important to understand and establish your risk tolerance with your advisor prior to making a financial plan.
(HNWI) is someone with roughly $1 million+ in cash and/or other investments that can easily be converted into cash. (UHNWI or Ultra-high-net-worth individual is someone with roughly $30 million+ in cash)
Combining your spending and savings accounts into one. It gives you an artificially inflated perspective of how much money you can spend—meaning, you think you have more money to spend than you do in a given moment because your spending and savings allotments are seen as one big amount. It is one of the quickest ways to spend your money too quickly. Don’t be a Spaver.