Ask Stacy: Should I Use a Full Service Investment Adviser?

When picking a financial adviser, should you pay by the hour, pay commissions or pay nothing at all? Here's what I think.

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Welcome to “Ask Stacy,” a new video feature on Money Talks News. Most weekdays, I’ll answer a money question sent in by a reader or viewer. (Learn how to send in a question of your own below.)

Today’s question is about whether you should pay for investment advice — and if so, how and how much you should pay. I spent 10 years as a Wall Street investment adviser, so this one is right be up my alley.

Here’s what I think.

If you’d like additional information, we’ve got tons. Start with “How to Choose the Perfect Financial Adviser.”

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About me

I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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