Diversify Your Investments, Not Your Advisors, episode #25

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Some people like to spread their money between two—or even three—investment advisors. They believe they’ll have better diversification in the market. Or maybe they believe it’s best to “hedge their bet” among different advisors to reduce their risk of loss. This usually isn’t a good move. There’s no good reason to have more than one advisor, especially if you have a good one you trust. On this informative episode of Worth It, Dustin R. Granger, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ explains why having multiple financial advisors may actually be detrimental to your overall investment strategy and is likely costing you extra time and money.

Here’s What You’ll Learn [1:00] Why you should diversify your assets, not your advisors [2:15] Worth It Legal Disclosure [3:00] What is diversification? [4:30] A foolproof way to tell if you need to diversify your portfolio [5:15] Dustin shares diversification misnomers, from Josh “Downtown” Brown [7:15] Will competition between advisors lend a higher return? [9:15] Are you dealing with “Investment overlap?” [11:15] The risks of hiring multiple financial advisors [17:30] One advisor doesn’t mean only one strategy [19:00] Are you ready to start investing? Check out Toujours Worth Guided Wealth Portfolios [21:15] Worth It inspirations Diversification is necessary, but it’s usually best achieved with one advisor If you have two or three advisors, they won’t be able to create one cohesive investment strategy for you. One advisor will use a certain approach; another will craft a different one. When you use multiple advisors, there are often a couple of outcomes: 1. You can end up with large concentrations of certain types of investments because your advisors are putting money into the same kinds of things. 2. It may also be challenging to have a clear picture of your overall asset mix, fees, and performance, especially if advisors aren’t communicating with each other. Diversification is good; it’s necessary, but it’s usually best achieved with one advisor.

Department of redundancy department Hiring more than one financial advisor does not automatically mean you are diversifying your investments. In fact, using more than one advisor often results in redundancies that end up costing you more time and money. You are paying double the fees, filing redundant paperwork, and spending double the time, usually for sub-par results. The truth is, the quantity of advisors is no match for a quality comprehensive plan that helps you achieve your financial goals.

Multiple advisors mean no breakpoints on commissions Typically in financial services, the more money you invest, the better your pricing should be. You can receive breakpoints on commissions and fees the more money you place with an advisor. If you divide $500,000 evenly between two advisors, then you will not get a break point for having the entire $500,000 with one. With one advisor, you eliminate this problem!

Ultimately, you hire an investment advisor to quarterback your investments As for the benefits of hiring more than one investment advisor, I can think of none IF you’ve done your homework. The questions you should ask your advisor before hiring them should be comprehensive in nature and should give you confidence in their abilities. Ultimately, you hire an investment advisor to quarterback your investments. You rely on him to develop the best plan for you based on your unique circumstances. If you are not comfortable with them being your sole advisor, they probably shouldn’t be one of two or three advisors either.

Resources & People Mentioned Josh “Downtown” Brown Twitter Toujours Worth Guided Wealth Portfolios MarrowCreative Instagram Connect With Danielle and Dustin Ask your questions! On Facebook On Twitter Connect with Dustin on Twitter: @DRGranger  

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