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How Do I Choose the Best Investment Group?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 11 July 2014
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Before you choose an investment group, make sure that you are given the opportunity to communicate your needs and have them addressed with personalized options. Try to choose a group that offers all of the services that you need at rates that are competitive. If you notice resistance when you ask for information in writing, beware.

Investors needs and goals can be drastically different. Any investment group that you consider should listen to your concerns before telling you how the group can help you. It is best to avoid choosing a group that appears to have a one-size-fits-all approach to investing.

Professionals generally recommend that portfolios should be diverse, but this does not mean there are substantial benefits to be had from a diversity of service providers. On the contrary, individuals are commonly encouraged to find a single investment group that can address all of their needs. This means when you are choosing an investment group that you should consider services that you may need in the future. You do not simply want to choose an investment group because it offers an array of services, however. You need to determine the quality of each service before making your choice.

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You should also take the time to do some bargain shopping. Do not make the mistake of assuming that all service providers have similar rates. As with most other things, costs tend to vary from one investment group to another. Sometimes, the variances are significant, and spending more money on fees means less profit for you. If you encounter an investment group that is not willing to support its claims in writing, beware.

You should also keep in mind, however, that professional investment services should involve some costs. If the fees are too low, you may have just as much reason to worry as if they are too high because you may still be at risk of unnecessary loss. The individuals who are overseeing your portfolio must make a living, and if they are not charging reasonable fees, then you should question their ability to make decisions about your money.

Something else that you should be aware of is how prone an investment group is to support its claims. It is fairly easy for a business to employ associates who can present a great sales pitch. Unfortunately, if that pitch is not supported in writing and a dispute arises, you may find yourself in a helpless position. Resistance to your requests for documentation should therefore serve as a warning sign.

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