After your financial plan has been set up by your adviser you might want ongoing reviews, investment advice or administration services. Sometimes this means your financial adviser now sees themselves as an investment adviser – like the fund manager who invests your super for a super fund.
This may mean they adopt the adviser's fee model, including a change to reflect a percentage of your account balance or funds under management (FUM). However, there is a big difference between financial advisers and fund managers.
A financial adviser is not a fund manager
Your adviser doesn't make investment decisions like fund managers. They just recommended a managed fund that is then managed by the fund manager.
Generally, unless you have significant investments or complex needs, be cautious of paying financial advisers FUM fees. Consider whether a basic diversified managed fund or high performing super fund will better meet your needs and reduce your fees.
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