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Women & Wealth May 2017: What to ask a Financial Advisor during the first meeting?

When we meet with a prospective client for the first time we have, what we call the “Is there a Fit” agenda. Many of you have heard of this and many of you have seen this agenda. This is a way for the prospective client to interview us and a way for us to interview them to be sure we both think there’s a fit to work together. So, what do you ask a financial advisor you’re meeting for the first time? Some of the questions that come to mind are pretty easy, but what else do you need to know to be sure you’re making the right decision?

I’ll start with the easy ones that you probably thought of when you first saw the title:

Maybe other ones came to mind as well, but here are a few more that I think are important to ask:

There could be several other questions to ask specific to your situation, but try to get to all of these points in the first meeting. This way, you should have what you need to either move forward with your new relationship or back away. Also, don’t forget about the internet! Always Google someone you’re interested in meeting; you will probably find their website if they have one, you may find out what other organizations they are involved in and Google will probably pull-up any social media accounts they may have.

If there’s anything I can do for you please let me know.


Christina Jones

Financial Planner



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