Attributes of the Ideal Personal Financial Adviser

Prominent blogger and personal finance guru, KC Lau guest posts on RinggitPlus to tell you how to find the best personal financial adviser for your needs.

With poor financial planning one is bound to go broke or worse; spend nights on the dirty streets of Malaysia.

That is why financial advisers are greatly needed in this fast growing economy. They play a great role when it comes to personal financial planning. Unfortunately, most of the financial planners in the business today only think about pushing their own products like insurances, unit trust or some other banking plans.

Here are some of the good attributes to consider before you select a financial adviser.

1. Financial adviser's attitude/personality

While choosing a financial adviser please remember that you will most likely be cooperating with the same adviser for the rest of your life. Be sure to choose an individual you like and are comfortable with rather than the uneasy type.

2. Does he put your needs first?

From the discussion, the adviser should figure out your ambition. He will then draft a plan based on your financial goals. A happy financial adviser will go an extra mile to give you the best service. So, pay them their deserved consultancy fees!

3. Understanding and observant adviser

You will be examined by the adviser in the early stages so as to gather as many financial facts as

possible. You will therefore be educated and sensitised about the financial plan that best suits your needs.

Now if your relationship with this adviser is good, you will get top cream advice. It is essential to be a student and learn from the adviser every time you meet up.

4. Sound knowledge about financial planning

First thing first, the adviser should be well versed with the plans recommended. No plan is guaranteed to be the best as they all have their advantages and disadvantages. Should the adviser be able to articulately illustrate the pros and cons of the plan he/she recommends, he definitely knows what he is doing. Always ask for an easier break down of the plan so as you clearly understand.

5. Potential associate/acquaintance

Get acquainted with your financial adviser in order to get the best advice. Avail him/her with all possible details about yourself, your family, relatives, income streams, and other confidential information. Remember to treat your financial adviser like your best friend so as to receive the best advice.

A good financial adviser is not easy to come by. Therefore, I recommend that you go out there and talk to as many as possible till you find the right one. He should have all the attributes listed above and much more. Remember, when you find the right one; treat him well and he will reciprocate. I personally know a few credible ones so do not hesitate to contact me for a referral.

This is a guest post by KCLau. KCLau is the best selling author of Top Money Tips for Malaysians. His popular personal finance blog is one of the most visited websites in the financial blogosphere with more than thousands of email subscribers. He also hosts regular and free financial training online featuring different financial experts. You can follow his latest updates by visiting


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