What Is A Fee Only Planner?
A Fee Only planner is compensated solely by the client. They do not receive any compensation that is contingent on the purchase or sale of a financial product.
A Fee Only planner may not receive commissions, rebates, awards, finder’s fees, bonuses or any form of compensation from others as a result of a client’s implementation of the individual’s financial planning recommendations.
Why is Fee Only Important?
A financial planner who is selling a product and can gain from he/she recommends has a conflict of interest and cannot be objective and unbiased.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of financial advisers in the United States are sellers of financial products and receive a commission. Some or all of their income may be dependent upon their ability to steer their clients to a limited number of the financial products.
Many of their clients are not aware of their advisers’ dependence on selling products or the total fees they are paying.
Because AIO is only compensated by our clients, we can address a diverse array of financial issues that do not involve selling investment products. Issues such as: retirement planning, real estate investing, employer retirement plans (401k, 403b …), insurance review, debt reduction, and estate planning.