The Informed Investor

Top 8 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Financial or Investment Advisor

Investment Counsel Company

January 3, 2024

When searching for the right financial or investment advisor, it’s crucial to be armed with knowledge. Delve into our comprehensive guide, providing answers to the top 8 questions to ask when hiring a financial or investment advisor, ensuring you make informed decisions for your financial future.

Will I be working with an advisor or a group?

Our Firm’s 4 fiduciary advisors work collaboratively with each client. Our clients benefit from each advisor’s subject matter expertise, ranging from investment, wealth management, tax, estate planning, and more. Additionally, our 7 Client Services Managers work closely with the clients who are assigned to them.

How many years of experience do you have?

Bernadette Mashas, CPA (41 yrs exp), Michelle Konstantarakis, CFP®, CIMA®, AIFA®, MBA (30 yrs exp), Alexis Miranda, CFP® (5 yrs exp), Nick Hickly, JD, CFP®, CIMA®(19 yrs exp), and Randy Garcia, CIMA (40+ yrs exp). You can find information on their backgrounds in the most recent ADV Part 2B, Firm Brochure Supplement Dated: March 28, 2023, beginning on Page 1 of the Part 2B. That can be found here:

How many clients do you have?


How much money do you manage for your clients?

Assets Under Management as of June 30, 2023, are $1.541 billion. All client assets are held in your personal accounts that we establish for you at Charles Schwab Institutional or similar national firms so you can see your account balances 24/7. We do not custody any client assets with the firm.

Have you ever had a complaint filed with the SEC or FINRA against an advisor or your firm?

Never, in over 35 years in business.

Are your advisors’ fiduciaries?

Yes, all of our advisors are fiduciary advisors meaning we are legally required to put our clients’ interests first. We do not accept commissions or fees for products we recommend to clients. As a fee only advisory firm, we only do well if our clients do well.

How often do you meet with your clients?

We meet with all clients each quarter. By meeting four times per year you have the opportunity to review your portfolio performance frequently, tell us if there are any changes in your financial needs or goals and answer your questions about the economy or any concerns you may have.

Can you describe your investment philosophy?

1. We believe every client of our Firm is entitled to a positive experience resulting from a professional standard that far exceeds the industry norm.
2. We believe top advisors should continually challenge the financial industry’s current thinking in order to gain our clients every advantage possible.
3. We believe investor success is determined by proactive management of investment challenges and opportunities.
4. We believe it is the responsibility of our advisors to increase our knowledge on behalf of our clients at a rate far faster than the industry standard.
5. We believe all costs should be disclosed to our clients in a proactive manner.
6. We believe attention to tax considerations is an integral and necessary part of superior investment results.

When searching for a wealth management firm that will be the right fit for you and your financial future, make sure you are armed with the top 8 questions for your Financial or Investment Advisor.

Give us a call today at (702) 871-8510 to learn how The Investment Counsel Company can help.


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