Evaluating an Investment Adviser

Things to consider and questions to ask . . .

  • Fiduciary Duty.  Is the adviser registered as an investment adviser and held to a fiduciary standard?

  • Longevity.  Whose track record is it?  How long has the portfolio manager and other employees been with the firm?

  • Communication.  What does the adviser communicate?  How often and in what form?  Are his letters written by his company or another third party?  Or does the adviser provide his own analysis? 

  • Access.  Do clients have access to their own portfolio manager whenever they need it?

  • Compatibility.  Is there compatibility between the adviser's investment approach and client service commitments and the client's needs and expectaions? 

  • Privacy.  Is the non-public personal information of clients protected and held private?

  • Conflicts of Interest.  Does the adviser have affiliations that create potential conflicts of interest with his clients?