Families and working professionals seek out personal financial advisors for guidance and to devise a long term financial roadmap. Personal financial advisors assist their clients in making sound investment decisions, planning for large expenditures such as college tuition, and becoming familiar with different financial products. Most personal financial advisors are employed by insurance companies or private investment firms. They are authorized to sell insurance, give tax advice, invest assets in the stock and bond markets, and make decisions regarding their clients' portfolios.
Personal financial advisors usually possess at least a bachelor's degree. Many choose to pursue a master's degree and additional certification in order to become more competitive. There is no strict education requirement for this position, resulting in advisors originating from a wide variety of backgrounds including: finance, law, economics, and business. Advisors who sell financial products also need to obtain the corresponding licenses. Personal financial advisors need to be adroit, effective communicators who have the ability to explain financial products and options in clear, understandable language. Good critical thinking skills and an aptitude for quantitative problem-solving is also helpful.
Assessments for Personal Financial Advisors
Many of Criteria Corp's customers in the financial services industry use two tests to evaluate prospective financial advisors. The first test is the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) which assesses problem-solving skills and the ability to learn, digest, and apply new information. The second is the Sales Achievement Predictor (SalesAP), which is a personality test designed to measure behavioral traits that are linked to sales disposition. This test is critical for financial advisors because they will either be selling themselves or their company, and the virtues of their approach to financial planning can be a key component of the role of a financial advisor.
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Source: U.S. Department of Labor