Your comfort level with your advisor likely has a direct impact on your finances. Do you feel at ease talking to your advisor about . . .
If envisioning a conversation with your current financial advisor about any of these things makes you feel even a little uncomfortable, it might be time to investigate other options; you’re not getting the full value of that relationship.
The last thing you want is for your finances to be misaligned with your timeframe and/or your values because this could have a major impact on your financial future. If you are thinking of making a life change (or have had one forced upon you) and you are not comfortable discussing this with your advisor, you are not able to see the possibilities or pitfalls of those decisions; you’re making choices in a vacuum without all of the information.
At some point in all of our lives, things aren’t going to turn out the way we expect. And when that happens, I hope that my clients first call their best friend . . . and then they call me.
Beyond that, it’s just a matter of getting to know you, your situation, goals, and values so that we can begin that open dialogue.
Don’t wait to get comfortable with your finances.