This post is part of the SmarterInsight™ series and is written, as usual, by Tim Hale an investment expert who frequently informs our investment committee.
It is always tempting to judge the value of your adviser on the recent performance of your investment portfolio. That is unfair as it fails to understand the true value that a good adviser delivers (leaving aside the valuable financial planning advice that they also provide) and the fact that no manager can control the returns that the market delivers. Their true value lies not just in the robust structuring of a portfolio, but as a foil to avoid the truly dangerous combination of investor emotions and bad, yet often tempting, investment ideas. A good adviser can earn their ongoing fee several times over, simply by helping clients to have patience, fortitude and discipline in their investing.