Liz Weston of AskLizWeston.com answered a question which ended:
I have a hard time trusting anyone in the financial world.
She answered in a blog entitled “Fee-based” isn’t the same as “fee-only”:
It’s possible, but rather unlikely, that you were dealing with a fee-only financial planner. Some planners charge fees, but they also take commissions — and annuities tend to pay fat commissions.
If you want advice that’s free of such conflicts, you’ll need to look for a true fee-only (not fee-based) financial planner. You can get referrals from the National Assn. of Personal Financial Advisors at http://www.napfa.org
I wish that every investor understood what the difference is.
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I really wish investors understood what the difference is.