What Is the True Value of a Financial Advisor?

June 13, 2016  |  

What Is the True Value of a Financial Advisor?

Most people would consider Vanguard to be the prototypical “do it yourself” investment house.  However, Vanguard recently published a very interesting white paper summarizing how a good advisor can potentially add about 3 percent in net returns to a client’s portfolio every year.  The chart below illustrates how that potential 3 percent can be generated:

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Source: “Putting a value on your value: Quantifying Vanguard Advisor’s Alpha”

While we agree these are many of the areas in which an advisor can add value, there are other important considerations, including how an advisor gets paid, what financial planning services they offer, and whether they operate as fiduciaries.  If you have questions on this whitepaper or anything else, please don’t hesitate to email or call us if we can be of service.  prunyen@independenceadvisors.com  | (484) 320-7446.


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About Patrick Runyen

As a Wealth Manager at Independence Advisors, Patrick Runyen, CPA/PFS, CFP® works closely with clients to implement wealth management solutions. He leverages his technical financial planning and consulting experience to assist clients with investment counseling, retirement planning, estate planning, wealth enhancement, asset protection, tax planning, and other personally significant financial decisions. CLICK HERE TO ASK PAT.

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