Choosing a financial professional and firm

Investors tend to choose an investment professional based on a combination of skillset, certifications and chemistry. You are trusting this professional to guide your financial plan or investments, and a “good fit” is just as important as other qualifications.

It is also a good idea to learn about the firm supporting your investment professional with ongoing account services, trade execution and behind-the-scenes technology. The way they administer your account will have a direct impact upon the quality of your experience.

High-end service for all customers
We strive to provide our customers with unparalleled service. We are dedicated to learning about our clients and to helping them achieve their goals.

You will find every employee at Winslow is empowered to respond to your needs. When you call, you will speak with a real person rather than a phone system, and always receive courteous, attentive service. When you need something, it will get done. It’s that simple.

Questions to ask your financial consultant
Following are some good questions to ask your financial consultant at your first meeting:

  • What is your investment philosophy?
  • Do you have any specialties?
  • Which type of investors are you best suited to advise?
  • What are your certifications or licenses?
  • What is your fee structure? (Fee-based or transaction-based)

 

Questions for your consultant’s investment firm:

  • Will I have a dedicated contact to answer questions about my account, statements, online access, etc.?
  • What are my options for receiving statements by mail and online?

 

Getting started

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., provides an easy-to-understand guide for beginning to advanced individual investors, as well as tools to identify your basic goals.

http://www.finra.org/Investors/SmartInvesting/