Why It’s Important To Choose A Fee-Only Advisor

FEE-ONLY

Vanguards of the fee-only approach, Ogorek proudly pioneered this compensation model in WNY, mitigating conflicts of interest and protecting investment clients. Fee-only financial advisors – commonly referred to as “no commission” advisors – ONLY receive compensation directly from you as a client, charging only for advice and/or ongoing portfolio management.

As such, Ogorek advisors do not receive commissions, rebates or any financial disbursement from third parties, working solely in your best interest. In addition, our fees are fully disclosed and easily understood.

An investment in Ogorek is an investment in your financial future.

FEE-BASED (FEE + COMMISSION)

Often confused with fee-only, it’s NOT the same. In contrast, fee-based advisors charge you a fee, not only for the advice provided, but oftentimes receiving payments for products sold or recommended. In some instances, commissions received may be credited towards the fee, giving the appearance of a value-priced option.

Any supplemental or ‘outside’ compensation may lessen an advisor’s ability to maintain objectivity – and perhaps more importantly, reduces your advisor’s ability to put your interests first & foremost.

Before hiring anyone, it’s wise to ask:
How do YOU get paid?

COMMISSION-ONLY

Advisors receiving compensation through commissions are primarily salespeople. As with any commissioned salesperson, you must always ask yourself: Is this truly in my best interest, or is it the most lucrative product for the advisor? Unfortunately, the real answer is often the latter. In fact, commissioned advisors are typically required to put your needs second to those of their employer.

If you’re not paying your financial advisor, who is? That’s who they’re working for.

Fiduciary vs. Suitability Standard

Currently, many advisors and broker-dealers operate under the suitability standard of The Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In contrast to the best interest standard, the suitability standard merely requires that advisors ensure an investment or recommendation is “suitable” for you, but not necessarily in your best interest.

Fiduciary Standard

  • Put your best interest first
  • Act with prudence
  • Provide full disclosure
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Fully disclose and fairly manage, in your favor, unavoidable conflicts

Suitability Standard

  • Understand your financial situation
  • Be aware of your investment experience
  • Know your investment objectives
  • Recommend products and give advice suitable to your circumstances