I have recently come in to a little money that needs to be invested. I am
currently talking to two advisors. One is the local branch of Edward Jones
and the other is a smallish local firm of accounts. These two operate on
very different methods of payment. Edward Jones works totally on a
commission basis. Thus all advice is "apparently" free. Whereas the local
accountancy firm charge 2% of sum invested per annum and 10% of profits. But
all commissions from investment houses are returned to me. (A bit more
complicated than that, but that's the gist of it).
Currently my leaning is towards Edward Jones. Mainly because I trusted him!
(However, I trusted the Lloyds Bank man in 1988 when he sold me my endowment
policy!). The thing that I'm a little uneasy about is the way Edward Jones
seems to operate. I realise they are a very large company - is that of some
benefit to me? They also seem to push certain investment houses. Do they
have special deals with these companies? Is that to my benefit or detriment?
- posted 16 years ago