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Common questions financial consultants will ask investors

Investment Advice and Common Questions Investors Should Expect from a Financial Consultant

If you are looking for someone to manage investment portfolio you have then it will be necessary to find a financial consultant with required competency to perform this task in right manner. You will know that you are working with right person when the consultant asks right questions and tries to understand financial position you are in. 

This is the topic we will be covering in next few sections and go through details of some of the common questions you should expect from an experienced financial consultant.

An Insight into Common Questions Financial Consultants Ask

To provide correct advice it will be important for consultant to have a clear idea regarding your financial position and requirements. Moreover, financial consultant will try to understand your investment objectives as well as judge risk tolerance level you have to provide right advice. 

For this purpose you can expect a consultant to ask some specific questions and we will be exploring those questions in this section.

Questions – Related to Risk Tolerance Level

financial consultantProper financial advice can only be provided when a financial consultant is aware of your risk tolerance level. Consultant will also check portfolio volatility you are ready to bear and by having clear understanding of these details, consultant will be able to provide right advice.

In this context, you can expect your consultant to ask following questions which will help him or her evaluate your willingness as well as capacity of bearing risks.

•    How much portfolio decline you will be able to bear in a year?

•    What is your current level of income and savings?

•    What you consider as substantial loss?

•    How losses will effect your lifestyle?

These questions will help financial adviser get a clear idea about risk tolerance level you have so that investment options can be selected accordingly.

Questions – About Suitability of Investments

Before any kind of advice is provided it will be necessary for financial consultant to analyze suitability of investments. To achieve this task consultant will be asking certain questions such as:

•    What is your tax situation?

•    What is your time horizon for accomplishing financial goals?

•    How much of assets you want your consultant to manage?

Questions – Related to Conflict of Strategies

Financial consultant will try to ensure that investment strategies do not clash with your tax or legal strategies. To make sure such a thing does not happen, consultant will be putting forward some questions like:

•    Is there any other type of adviser such as an estate attorney that you are consulting at the moment?

•    Is there any specific tax or legal strategy that might have negative effect over financial investments you are planning to make?

•    Will coordinating with such advisers be possible who are presently working on your behalf?

In Conclusion

As we can see, there are several details to be checked and a competent financial consultant will try to analyze all relevant aspects and get clarification from your end so as to be sure that the most suitable investment options are selected.


Different Roles a Financial Analyst Can Play In Your Business

What are the Different Types of Financial Analysis

and What Role They Play in Judging Financial Position of any Business?

financial analysisThere are different types of financial analysis which can be performed to evaluate how well your company is performing. Our aim here will be to look into different types of analysis that can be performed and their usefulness.

Different Types of Financial Analysis

Factor #1: Material Used

On the basis of material used, financial analysis could be of 2 different types:

  • External analysis
  • Internal Analysis

External Analysis: Such analysis is performed by outside entities without any access to accounting records of your business. These outside entities comprise of creditors, investors, potential creditors, potential investors, credit agencies, government agencies and general public. Analysis is performed by these entities on the basis of financial statements published by the business and as such external analysis serves very limited purpose.

Internal Analysis: When analysis is performed by someone with access to accounting records of your business then it is called as internal analysis. As such, this type of analysis is conducted by executive working for the organization.

Factor #2: Technique of Operation

As per method of operation, financial analysis can have two types, these are:

  • Horizontal analysis
  • Vertical analysis

Horizontal Analysis: Here comparison is done for financial data of your firm for multiple years. The data is presented horizontally in different columns and information for multiple years is compared with data for the base year. Here, any specific year is selected as the base year or the starting point for such analysis. This type of analysis helps in focusing on aspects which have undergone significant change over a certain period of time. Such analysis clearly highlights trends developing for any specific item when comparison is performed between base year value and values for multiple years.

Vertical Analysis: Here analysis is performed for relationship between items present in financial statements in a single accounting period. In vertical analysis, figures are compared with base value that has been selected from same year itself. Some of the tools which are utilized for such financial analysis include different financial ratios and common size financial statements. When used in conjunction with horizontal analysis, it can be quite effective in highlighting financial position of your firm.

Factor #3: Entities Involved

According to entities involved, such analysis can be:

  • Inter firm analysis
  • Intra firm analysis

Inter Firm Analysis: As the name suggests, here financial data for your company is compared with data for other companies or with industry averages over a certain period of time.

Intra Firm Analysis: Here performance is analyzed for your company for a specific time period.

Factor #4: Time Horizon

On the basis of objective of analysis or time horizon, the financial analysis that can be performed includes:

  • Short term analysis
  • Long term analysis

Short Term Analysis: This type of analysis helps in measuring your company's liquidity position and paying capacity for short term (current) obligations.

Long Term Analysis: Here your firm's ability to meet its long term obligations is judged. The aim here to be analysis stability, solvency and profitability of your firm. 

In Conclusion

Thus, we can see that true financial position of your firm can be judged by performing different types of analysis and help the management take better as well as informed decisions.

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