If you’re planning for your future, managing finances and assets between two countries, or just want sound advice to ensure you are making the best choices when buying French property or moving to France, it can be a good idea to consult a financial adviser. However, here are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding the financial advice service, some of which can be off-putting to those who are new to the process. So, what can you expect working with an international financial adviser to look like?
#1 You must be wealthy
One of the most common misconceptions about working with an adviser is that you have to be in possession of a lot of assets or money to work with one. Whilst this might have been true 20 to 30 years ago, it is certainly not the case anymore.
Financial advisers not only advise on managing wealth, but also on debt management and prevention, saving, mortgages and estate planning; services that are applicable to the average individual, not just the wealthy. Fundamentally, the aim of a financial adviser is to help you gain wealth and improve your financial position – insight from an adviser can be beneficial to anyone in any financial position.
#2 You need to speak ‘finance’
People are often concerned they might not necessarily be able to follow the advice of their adviser as the process might be overly complicated or inaccessible to those who are unfamiliar with financial terms. This could not be further from the truth.
The financial advice process is designed with the client’s accessibility in mind; it is broken down and presented in a clear and comprehensible way that makes it digestible even for those who have a very basic understanding of the world of finance. If you are ever unsure or confused about something, ask your adviser straight away and they will be able to clarify for you.
#3 You don’t want to ‘waste’ money when you’re trying to save
Understandably, a lot of people are hesitant to spend their money on advice from an adviser when they feel they could learn how to invest and manage their assets themselves. Whilst it is always good to develop your understanding of personal finance, it is unlikely that any amount of googling will be a substitute for the knowledge and insight of an experienced financial adviser.
Not only do advisers often pay for their own fees several times over in financial gains or savings, but they also help you to prevent making any mistakes which could cost you a lot more. Investment in any capacity is a risk and paying to drastically reduce that risk for your financial security and peace of mind is a price worth paying.
#4 You won’t have the same control over your finances
For those who prefer autonomy over their finances, the thought of putting control of them into someone else’s hands can be daunting and unappealing. Even clients who prefer to take more of a backseat position in the management of their assets would probably be averse to feeling as if they have minimal control over their finances.
With a financial adviser, this is not something to be concerned about at all. The process is very much team-orientated and absolutely nothing will be invested or decided without your approval. You can be as involved as you wish with your asset management and your adviser will ensure regular meetings to assess your objectives and check you are happy with how everything is going.
#5 You’re ‘too young’ to think about financial planning
One of the most frequent misconceptions concerning financial advice is that it is only for those who are older and are nearing retirement or are thinking about managing their inheritance. Again, this could not be further from the truth. Working with an adviser from a younger age means you can benefit from their services for longer, not just towards the end of your life.
Whilst retirement is one of the life events that trigger the need for financial advice for many, there are other occasions where an adviser can be incredibly useful. If you are looking to get a mortgage or invest a large sum of money from an inheritance, then financial advice can be imperative to avoid making costly mistakes. There is no minimum age where advice concerning finances is not beneficial; the younger you start considering your financial future the better.
This communication is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice form a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity.
Blacktower Insurance Agents & Advisors Ltd is regulated in Cyprus by the Insurance Companies Control Service and registered with ORIAS in France. Blacktower Financial Management (Cyprus) Ltd is regulated in Cyprus by the Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission and is registered with the AMF in France.
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