Arlington Financial Services -- How to Separate the Good from the Bad by westbourneinv2012


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									  Arlington Financial Services -- How to Separate the Good from the Bad

“Knowing very well about the company you are investing your hard-earned money with is very important.
  If you live in Arlington the following article will help you understand whether your financial advisor is
                                             really reliable or not.”

If you're looking to make the most out of your money, there are dozens and dozens of Arlington financial
services to choose from. However, just because you see someone in the phonebook, on a billboard, or at
the top of a Google search doesn't necessarily mean they're the best choice to handle your money.

So, how do you weed through all of the options and wind up with the very best Arlington financial
advisors managing your investment portfolio?

1. Learn your ABC's

Lots of Arlington financial advisors have designations listed on their business cards or on their websites,
but some of those abbreviations are better than others. Instead of being blindly impressed with a few
letters listed after someone's name, find out what those designations really mean and which
organizations they're associated with. That way, you can see if your potential advisor really has great
credentials -- or if he's just trying to impress you with a bunch of meaningless letters.
2. Figure out exactly what they do

Some Arlington financial services are well-rounded -- they handle everything from stocks, to bonds, to
insurance, to "non-traditional" investment options. Others claim to be financial advisors, but they're really
just accounts or insurance salesmen offering financial advice to try and broaden their client base (and
their commissions!). If you're looking for someone that can completely handle your finances, you'll have
to make sure they offer all of the services you need.

If you're dealing with a potential financial advisor that offers limited services, that's a red flag. It could
mean that they don't have the knowledge to use a variety of investment tools. That's something you
definitely don't need!

3. Get their thoughts on communication

Your Arlington financial services company may be chock full of money experts, but this is YOUR money
we're talking about. You're the one who's calling the shots. That's why good Arlington financial advisors
will make keeping you in the loop a priority -- both over the phone and in writing.

Before you agree to work with anyone, ask them how their company keeps its clients updated. The good
companies will have an actual communication policy that they apply to all of their clients. For example,
they may send you a written report a few times a year or have special documentation that they send out
on a regular basis. And, of course, that's on top of taking your phone calls and responding quickly to your

Bottom line -- if you don't think your potential financial advisor seems like a good communicator, it's time
to find another one. The best Arlington financial services understand that you're in charge, so they'll put a
serious emphasis on communication!

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