How much does it cost to work with a financial advisor? Let’s look at survey results showing how much advisors charge. The median hourly fee is around $250 for an experienced advisor. A financial plan might cost around $3,000, but costs are all over the board. Ultimately it depends on factors like location, expertise, level of depth, topics included, and more.
This video covers how much you might expect to pay, and we review the primary compensation models for advisors. Personally, I use a few of these options with clients, and current pricing is available on my website.
Fee-only advisors do not earn commissions. Instead, they might charge a flat fee, hourly fee, assets under management charges, or use other methods. Commission-based advisors earn a commission when you invest money or buy a financial product. Products include mutual funds, REITs, annuities, and other investment vehicles.
There are also “fee-based” advisors who might charge either commissions or fees.
It’s only worth paying an advisor’s cost if you get value from the relationship. While you’re probably smart enough to figure things out yourself, you might prefer to get guidance from a professional. Doing so can save a substantial amount of time, incorporate expertise, validate your current approach, or provide other benefits. But paying for a financial planner is not for everybody. If you don’t need the services, there’s no point in paying the costs to work with an advisor.
The best way to find an advisor’s pricing is to talk with an advisor or check their website for pricing details. It might cost less than you think, or you might quickly decide that you’re unwilling to pay the costs. Either way, you’re better informed, and you can decide how to move forward.
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00:44 When it Makes Sense to Pay an Advisor
02:40 Two Types of Advisor Compensation
05:01 How Much Fee-Only Financial Planners Cost
06:43 Hourly Financial Planning
08:50 How Much Commission-Based Advisors Cost
10:36 Annuity Commissions
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