Three things to consider when looking for investment firms in Tampa Bay

Written by Eric Ebbert CFP®, MBA

On May 8, 2021

When you want to increase your wealth to reach your financial goals, you need a team of professionals you can depend upon to help you reach these goals. Since part of your financial strategy for reaching your goals will likely include investing, you may be looking for a qualified investment firm to help.

Take a look here for some key steps on finding investment firms in Tampa Bay, and other areas.

1. Know your goals

Before you begin picking which investment firms in Tampa Bay you want to start working with, you should make sure you know your own goals first. Make a list of all of your short-term and long-term financial goals. For example, this list might include:

  • Having children.
  • Buying a home.
  • Buying a new car.
  • Saving for a vacation.
  • Saving for retirement.

2. Read reviews

These days, it is easy to learn about how clients feel about an investment firm. All you have to do is look up the agency online, and you will probably find reviews on Google, Bing, Yelp, Facebook and other popular platforms.

If an investment firm in Tampa Bay catches your eye, do some more research online and check out what other people are saying about it.  Be sure to go to both state (https://flofr.gov/) and federal (https://brokercheck.finra.org and https://www.sec.gov/) websites to check on the firm and the advisors.

3. Get to know your candidates

If you have your goals in hand and have found some candidates whose reviews you like, it is time to meet them. During your initial meeting (whether in person or over the phone), you should come with some questions in hand. Bring writing materials so you can keep track of their responses and compare them against your other candidates.

Some questions you may want to ask include:

  • What kind of experience do you have?
  • What are your credentials?
  • Are you a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™?
  • Do you act as a fiduciary at all times when providing financial advice?
  • Do you have any areas of specific expertise?
  • What kinds of services do you recommend to your clients and why?
  • How will you communicate investment performance with me?
  • What will I have to pay for your services? Is it fee or commission based?
  • Have you ever been disciplined by the SEC, FINRA, or other state or federal regulators?
  • Have you ever had your license revoked?

Looking for an investment firm in Tampa? ProVise is here for you

At ProVise Management Group, our CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals can get to know you and your current financial circumstances, goals, risk tolerance and personal values to help you develop a plan that works for you. We can also create a written plan for you at a fiduciary standard of care. All our written plans come with an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you are unhappy with your written plan, you can return it to us, and we will refund 100% of the fee paid.

Are you ready to talk to a professional about your investment strategy? Contact ProVise today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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