Investment Management Advice

Management investment advice is an encompassing process. A management investment advisor can give you plans that will help you meet your goals by evaluating your situation and exploring opportunities for your growth and success. This expert will help you understand the challenges you face and guide you in making the right investment decisions.

An expert management investment advisor will first gather information from you. This information will concern your goals, family, assets, tax rate, risk tolerance, liquidity and income needs. You will then be given options and recommendations regarding stocks, pensions and irrevocable trusts that match your investment profile. You and your advisor will develop an investment plan utilizing stocks, bonds, cash and other investments that are structured to fit your needs and lifestyle.

You will be giving an investment policy statement so that you know what is being done and how it’s being done. Should changes occur, ongoing evaluations of your situation will occur and meetings with your investment manager will take place regularly. It is important to stay in continual contact with your investment management advisor, because of the constantly changing climmate in the financial world. Values of commodities rise and fall with world events and with the natural fluxuations of the world economy. You will have to stay abreast of these factors through your advisor.

Investment management advisors generally have a wealth of institutional data and knowledge about where best to put your money. They profit when you profit, so it works for everybody. Make sure your advisor company has been in the business for a long while; this ensure they have built up a solid reputation and will not put your wealth in jeopardy.

Asset Management Advisors

Asset management firms employ certified and competent asset management advisors who make it easier for companies to manage their assets. Asset management advisors are equipped with the needed skills, knowledge, expertise and connections to manage a company’s assets to make these assets manageable for the companies and the people who work for the companies.

Asset management advisors help companies manage their assets in a variety of ways. They provide useful information regarding how assets must be managed properly and are also responsible for organizing these assets into easily accessed and easy to use formats which makes for convenience in the part of their clients.

Although asset management advisors may manage assets manually, this may only be limited to small industries having only minimal assets. However, for larger companies with bigger assets and for small companies whose assets are steadily increasing, asset management advisors employ asset management software or other pc-enabled tools that make the tedious job of asset management more efficient and less time consuming. When using asset management software, advisors are also tasked to tutor the users regarding its proper use. Further, the use of asset management tools prompted by asset management advisors increases the company’s productivity since it provides relevant information about their assets without employing additional personnel to run these for them.

Aside from managing a company’s assets, asset management advisors also provide feedback to their clients, making them aware of their assets. Such reporting is deemed useful for clients to see how much they have so far and what they can do to manage their assets. Knowing how to manage assets also enables companies to invest wisely; think of ways to cut-down operational expenses; and increase their productivity.

The services of asset management advisors are not only demanded for by companies, more and more individuals turn to them as well especially in terms of total wealth management. This is especially true for people with lots of money. Asset management advisors offer guidance and management counseling for their clients, whether they may be companies or individuals, relevant in handling their assets. Considering the reasonable rates that they charge, it is not wonder that asset management investors are becoming more searched for in today’s finance markets.

Management Advisor – Know Your Client

The contribution of the external advisors in supporting companies (on business or organizational issues) is open to a continuous dispute. As a professional in that area I would like to contribute to that discussion with the following argument; advisors need to know more about their client.

In the financial world the external advisor is kept to an increasing set of guidelines. Since the problems on the stock-exchange in the beginning of this new century, financial authorities have set out new rules for banks and commissioners and other agents that advise private clients on financial matters. The most important rule is the introduction of client profiles. Such a profile communicates the risk-attitude of the client in the investment process. In this way both the client and the bank (advisor) are aware of the risk that is acceptable. This is a strong management guideline.

Both the bank advisor and the business advisor have a stake in the advice. Banks are said to issue too much BUY advices, whereas business advisors too much dwell on the advice to change things in the business. A change in business is like a financial BUY; it will cost money and the advisor will profit from it.

“Clients are not interested that you tell them not to buy,” is what you hear financial advisors say. It is true. Buying gives hope and expectations. You are in the game and you get excited.

Another argument is that financial advisors should invest for themselves. If not, “how can they be ever good advisors?” This is another argument but there is only a small fundament for it. You could equally argue that if this is true you are facing the risk that you enter a pyramid game. You can better trust the advisor if he is neutral (and not involved). This is why there are Chinese walls; the investment side of the bank and the retail side are not connected.

Neutrality is the best position for the business or management advisor too. If you are selling a package and you advise others to buy it they should at least know that the advice is biased.

Where business advisors can increase their professionalism is in knowing the client’s business and organization. The financial advising industry has past this point, as explained previously: they know the risk profile of the client.

Advisors in business still have a way to go in this sense. There are often two camps. There are those advisors that know everything about (the) business. They have specialized on Logistics or Client Relationship Management. Others are perfectly knowledgeable about the organization, about culture or human resources. The first is the “hard” side, the second the more “softer” side.

If you are hiring a specialist than this shouldn’t matter, the specialist can serve in any area in the company. Advisors on the other hand should know or understand “the company.” This is more than a set of specializations. It is about understanding what they add up to. You might imagine that the business owner knows the business well enough. The contribution of the advisor is to explain where business and organization meet in case of a change (when BUY-ing a new instrument).

When it comes to the advise on a new investment the clients’ profile is important. Different companies will require different solutions on a similar problem. What served one company doesn’t necessarily suits another.
Financial advisors know the risk profile of their client. Management advisors should know about this (risk) profile too. And that is more than (knowing) the manager that hired you.

© 2007 Hans Bool