"Financial companies often pay advisers more to promote certain products rather than to recommend what is best for their customers. That incentive creates what is known as a conflict of interest. And conflicts of interests sometimes can cause advisers to give bad advice."
-U.S. Dept of Labor - 2017
"Fee based", "fiduciary duty" and "best interest" are just fashionable buzzwords when this is happening behind the scenes on Wall Street.
Over 20 years ago, we broke away from the big institutions and dedicated our careers to making sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Welcome to FirsTrust.
What Serving your BEST Interest Looks Like...
As true Fee-Only advisors, our judgment is never clouded by sales incentives and our client loyalties are never divided by a Wall Street profit agenda.
Our knowledge comes from expert accreditations. Our wisdom comes from over 20 to 30 years of experience in our respective fields of expertise.
Our investment choices are never dictated by profit-seeking shareholders. We are free to independently evaluate and compare investments from anywhere to find those that best meet your objectives.
We are paid to deliver results. And the cost of our services is often offset by reducing your current taxes and investment expenses. There is no reason for you to pay more or settle for less.
It's your money. You have the right to insist on absolute clarity about all fees and expenses without worrying about hidden conflicts of interest.
A Nobel Prize-winning risk analysis helps engineer an investment portfolio to achieve your goals with a 95% probability range.
Continued education is essential to understanding finances - both professionals and consumers. Please take a look at the following blog and other contemporary articles that you may find relevant, and feel free to contact us with your questions.
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