Why you need a Financial Advisor – now more than ever!

History tells us that stocks tend to outperform all asset classes over the long term. But while paper returns from equities and equity mutual funds remain strikingly impressive, the unfortunate reality is that few investors end up reaping their rewards to the fullest possible extent. 

More often than not, the reason for this dichotomy between published and actual returns is the lack of support of a qualified, competent, and unconflicted Financial Advisor acting on your behalf.

The need for support from a Financial Advisor becomes all the more pronounced during times like these. Gripped with COVID-19 induced panic, markets have turned fiercely volatile – and most portfolio values have sunk deep into the red. 

Even the haven of debt funds has proved fickle. As an investor, your mind will undoubtedly be spinning with a hundred questions. Should you stay invested or redeem? Should you switch your money to less risky assets… or switch your money into more risky assets? Will markets continue to fall further? Should you rebalance your portfolio at this time? Should you stop your SIPs and restart them at a more opportune time? And, so on and so forth. 

In testing times like these, a Financial Advisor can help you stay on the straight and narrow path to wealth creation. Here’s how.

Saves you from Yourself

Guess who is your worst enemy when it comes to creating wealth from your investments? The answer is – you, yourself! As markets oscillate between the depths of pessimism and the heady heights of euphoria, even the most seasoned investors fall prey to greed, fear, and a host of other behavioral traps. 

By drawing upon their experience of past market cycles, seasoned Advisors can help you sidestep regrettable investment decisions such as bailing out at market bottoms or piling on investments near market tops.

Steers you clear of Avoidable Investments

It’s a sad truth that a poor investment is always lurking around the corner. From the ULIP saga of the 2000s to the YES Bank AT-1 bond write-off crisis this year, investors often tend to fall prey to bad investments – usually goaded by salespeople masquerading as Financial Planners. 

Having a trusted Financial Advisor who can trawl through the fine print on your behalf can be a great source of strength for you, as you’ll be able to steer clear of getting locked into poor investments that can end up destroying a great deal of your hard-earned money over the long term.

Helps you see the Bigger Picture

By aligning your investments to your long-term and short-term goals, A Financial Advisor can help you see the bigger picture concerning your investments. In ensuring that you invest according to a fixed roadmap with pre-defined time-bound milestones, your Advisor can ensure that your investments are perfectly aligned to the tenor of your goals; hence, only long-term money flows into higher-risk assets. 

As a result, you’ll be a lot more immune to the ups and downs of the markets, because your perspective on investing will be dramatically and positively altered.

Helps you pick the right investments

Left to their own devices, most investors tend to use short-term past returns as the barometer for choosing investments. However, this myopic tendency is the exact opposite of ideal, because what goes up comes down – and vice-versa! 

Using their expertise and drawing upon concrete research that is generally not available in the public domain, a Financial Advisor can ensure that you select the right investments for your portfolio. 

In doing so, your Advisor ensures that your portfolio is spread across investments that are poised to outperform in the future and deliver fantastic risk-adjusted returns to you over your defined investment timeframe.

Get in touch with us today to begin your journey to Financial Freedom!

Source: Finedge

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