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What are the pro and cons of investing with financial advisors who claim double digit growth or minimally 5% per annum?

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    • Andrew Fong
      Andrew Fong, Associate Partner at St. James's Place Wealth Management
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      Answered on 19 Nov 2018

      Just 2 questions:

      1. Is the person a licensed representative of a Financial Advisers?

      2. Is the product licensed/regulated to be sold in Singapore?

      If the answer is No to either question, walk away as it just sounds too good to be true and is probably a scam.

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    • Jonathan Chia Guangrong
      Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund

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      Answered on 25 Jan 2019

      What's their track record and what are the underlying instruments? Are the returns guaranteed and if so who is backing the guarantee? Learning to manage your own portfolio would be a better idea. You gain a life long skill and your returns will be much higher as you don't need to account for advisory fees. Btw, 5% pa returns is peanuts and nothing to shout about. Same for small double digit growth.

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    Luke Ho
    Luke Ho, Money Maverick at Money Maverick
    160 Answers, 265 Upvotes
    24 Jan 2019

    How did I miss this one?

    Being one of those advisors, I can openly answer the question lol.

    The answer to that question is that there are no benefits to someone who claims. Obviously if this is true you get to be the successful recipient of those claims. So you can really only create a 'pro' and 'con' list if it is true, which means you need to ascertain truth first.

    Confidence is a good start, though it could easily be trickery or misbelief. But it is a good start.

    Justifiable confidence next. Meaning that you get them to justify how they plan on accomplishing this. At the very least, they should show you some historical returns and justification for those historical returns being around.

    They should also provide measures of safety for your portfolio. How well it's diversified/concentrated and why? How will they value add as an advisor, who is not a fund manager?

    They should also KNOW measures of safety for your portfolio. What happens during a market crash, what kind of action would they take or talk to you about? They should also be familiar with the investment product so they can talk to you about how liquid or illiquid your investment is.

    They also need to provide you a safety margin of time horizon for your portfolio - if you're trying to make x amount in 15 years, the volatility may imply that you need a +/- 5 additional years and you shouldn't do the investment without accounting for this. (which is why Ive reluctantly turned down some investors with a 5 - 10year time frame - good chance I might not deliver)

    They also need to know the Trifecta. Buy/Sell/Hold.

    Stuff like that.

    If you're assured, go nuts. Even then, the FA might have been a pretty sweet talker (though someone with that kind of technical knowledge rarely is). But most likely, the pro will be that you get what you want.

    Well. Wait no further. XD You can drop me a message!

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