Monday, February 25, 2013

Financial Advisors: Do You Need One?

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The global economic turmoil has, in one way or another, affected every single one of us. And many of us have found themselves in completely different financial situations and are now trying to find someone who could help them with their new issues and difficulties. Thankfully, it seems that it is ridiculously easy to find free relevant help on various websites these days. But is it really that easy? Aren't things a little bit more complicated?

The Issue of Relevance

Well, the truth is that free advice often comes with plenty of strings attached. Let's start with the most important issue – the relevance of the advice. What you are often going to find when browsing through the various websites is general help for general issues.

It will then be left to your skills and intelligence to figure out how exactly do those hints apply to your specific situations. There is no doubt that you will be able to put some of those things to good use, but there will surely be more questions on your mind – and what are you going to do then?


You also have to remember that financial matters are often rather sensitive, so you certainly do not want to share them with someone you cannot trust. Well, would you really trust someone you know only from a website to give you good advice? And, if asked to (and it's really hard to see how someone could give you more than just general tips without getting more information from you), would you want to share your private information with that person? The answer to both of these questions surely has to be negative, doesn't it?

The Hidden Costs

Furthermore, you have to be aware of the fact that those who are offering free help on-line are not really doing it out of goodwill. You will soon find out that only one particular company will be suggested as the ideal choice and that other alternatives are going to get no mention at all. That is not to say that you are not going to find genuine and objective advice from time to time, but can you really take the risk of being led astray and having to spend more time and resources later on?


At the end of the day, it is easy to see that paying for an actual financial advisor might be worth it in most situations. Of course, there is no need for doing so if you are looking only for a few small hints and tips that could point you in the right direction, but you should undoubtedly get a professional to help you out with some of the more complicated and sensitive issues.

Professional financial advisors will give you trustworthy advice that will be relevant to your specific situation with no strings attached whatsoever. They will help you compare all the various options objectively and without any hidden advertising. That help comes with a price tag – but its always more than worth it.

Hugh Tyzack is the founder of GBP Loans Limited, which specializes in no fee guarantor loans and which is now one of the UK's biggest providers. You can find more details about 12 month loans  from by visiting his site. You can also follow Hugh on Twitter @GBPLoans and on Google+.

1 comment:

  1. To be honest I think that it better to hire a financial adviser rather making decisions without a professional consultation. I have already once made that mistakes and got myself involved with cash advances, all of my credit cards had overdraft. So judging from my personal experience, I would rather hire a consultant than face big debts ever again. I realize that this service can unlikely be called cheap, but it worth pay one time and feel yourself on a safe side. Thanx a lot for letting us know about hidden costs. I have always suspected that there was something out there my calculation could not catch.


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