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Your Money, Your Choice: Fee-Only vs. Commission-Based Advisers

Updated: Jul 9

Financial advisers play a vital role in guiding individuals on financial and investment matters. Fee-only fiduciaries are considered the most client-focused choice, while commission-based advisers have massive conflicts of interest due to earning commissions from selling investment products they are required to sell.

Fee-only fiduciaries charge clients directly for their services and are legally required to prioritize their clients' interests. This ensures unbiased advice, unlike commission-based advisers who prioritize selling products for commissions.

Despite a 2017 rule requiring retirement investment advisers to adhere to the fiduciary standard, non-retirement investments remain vulnerable to conflicts of interest. Fee-only fiduciaries are seen as offering protection against biased advice, conflicts, but they make up less than 2% of financial professionals in the U.S. according to Wall Street Journal

The ongoing debate over financial advisers revolves around balancing investor protection with choice. While both models have their roles, fee-only fiduciaries provide a more transparent and client-focused approach, benefiting investors seeking unbiased, personalized advice.

General informational content only. Not tax, legal, or investment advice. Consult a financial professional before making investment decisions. Conduct due diligence.All investments involve risk, including potential loss of principal.


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