Financial Planning

What Does a Financial Advisor Do?

Financial advisors can provide a variety of services for clients. They are able to cover a wide range of financial needs and build a financial plan to help you achieve your financial goals.

Financial Advisors and the Duties They Perform

Do you know of someone who works with a financial advisor? If you do, you may have wondered about what it is that a financial advisor actually does.

The primary role of a financial advisor is to assess your financial needs, discuss your personal goals, and provide professional advice. An advisor can help you with critical financial concerns that may include tax planning, insurance needs, retirement and estate planning.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical duties of a financial advisor can include:1

  • Meeting with clients to discuss their financial goals
  • Explaining the types of financial services provided to clients
  • Educating clients and answering questions about investment options and potential risks
  • Recommending investments to clients or select investments on their behalf
  • Helping clients plan for specific circumstances, such as education expenses, retirement and estate planning
  • Monitoring a clients' accounts and determine if changes are needed to improve account performance or to accommodate life changes, such as getting married or having children
  • Researching investment opportunities

In addition, many financial advisors are fully licensed to sell a variety of insurance products such as long-term care insurance, disability and life insurance. Because of this broad range of capabilities, a financial advisor provides a valuable service when it comes to strategically managing your total financial picture.

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Financial Advisor

Have you ever wondered what it is that a financial advisor does? A financial advisor performs a variety of duties and may be able to help you with things such as estate planning, retirement planning, tax planning, life and disability insurance. Enlisting the expertise of a financial advisor can help you better manage both your long-term and short term financial goals. For more information, visit the Protective learning center.