What to Ask Before You Invest
Q: My current broker is retiring, how do I make sure the transition to his replacement goes smoothly?
A: Interview this new broker "candidate" as if you are hiring a new broker. Ask him specific questions, such as "How long have you been advising clients, like me?", "What process do you use for selecting my investments?" and "How will I pay you for handling my accounts?" Don't feel as if these questions are out of place, and make sure his responses are specific to your situation. After all, this is your money and your financial future.
Let your current broker know that you appreciate the introduction, BUT that you would like to meet the new "candidate" WITHOUT your current broker in the room. Here's why; whether it is next week or next year, your broker has made clear he will no longer be serving you. You need to be confident, now, that his recommended replacement is up to the task. If your broker is part of a multi-broker office, then his replacement may be someone already familiar with your account (that would be good) or it may be a new broker just licensed and learning the business (that would be bad). If your broker runs a one man office with a national franchise, the new broker may have experience at another branch and may have similar attitudes towards financial planning (that would be good) or the new broker may be fresh out of training and simply buying an existing clientelle (that would be bad). What ever the situation, you need to feel 100% comfortable with the experience, education and attitudes of your new broker.
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