There's no such thing as a perfect financial advisor. No one can predict the markets. While most financial advisors will bend over backward to keep your business, some clients are favored over others--and not necessarily the ones who generate the most commissions or the highest fees.
Remember to treat your financial advisor and his or her staff with respect. Don't call your advisor with paperwork questions; that's a job for his or her assistant. If you have a complex question, call when the stock market is closed--your advisor will have more time to talk. Most of all, keep the communication lines open. If you plan to dance with bulls, make sure to start out on the right foot. Happy trails to you!
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., (888) CFP-MARK, http://www.cfp-board.org
NASD Regulation Inc., 1735 K St. N.W., Washington, DC 20006
Ruthann G. Niosi, 91 E. End Ave., New York, NY 10028, (212) 988-8701