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Here's where in the UK you can look for free financial advice from a professional; financial planning associations, credit counselling associations and personal financial advisors.
Financial advice ranges from 0 to 2% the average ongoing fee is 0.79% but varies depending on the service you are looking for and whether you have assets to invest and what kind of advice you seek, an average 3.79% of the amount invested as an average initial fee with an average 0.84% ongoing charge.
A financial advisor will be worth it if your financial situation is too complex, you want help creating an investment strategy or you need financial guidance.
Many banks provide the option to use their financial advisors for your investments, they may even offer incentives such as lower fees or free checking if you have an investment account at the bank, note that your bank advisor is not a free financial advisor.
Most financial advisors charge based on how much money they manage for you, that fee can range from 0.25% to 1% per year.
An organisation of fee only financial advisors offer free emergency advice, the advisors are available to meet virtually.
If there's a particular option you prefer ask the adviser as they might be happy to negotiate; an hourly rate will vary from £75 an hour to £350 although the UK average rate is about £150 an hour, a set fee for a piece of work might be several hundred or several thousand pounds.
Top financial tips; pay off credit card debt, contribute to a retirement plan, have a savings plan, invest, maximise your employment benefits, review your insurance coverages, update your will and keep good records.
A financial advisor who believes in having a long term relationship with you and not merely a series of commission generating transactions will be trustworthy, ask for referrals and then run a background check on the advisors that you narrow down.
Tips to keep in mind when choosing a personal financial advisor; credentials, before hiring an adviser it is important to do some research and find out about the person and his level of expertise in the subject, fee structure, experience, meet them and reference check.