Financial Advisors in Seattle
Looking for a Financial Advisor in Seattle?
Whether you have lived in Seattle for years or recently moved to town, you may need help finding the right financial advisor in the community best suited for your individual needs.
It’s important to first consider your own financial planning priorities before choosing an advisor. Here are a few quick tips to help you get started along with financial advisors in Seattle featured on Wealthtender you may want to add to your short list.
The Benefits of Hiring a Financial Advisor in Seattle
Hiring a financial advisor can be a great move to help you build a long-term investing strategy. Advisors can help you build an investment portfolio to meet your financial goals, as well as help you plan appropriately for retirement.
As a resident of Seattle, hiring a financial advisor who lives nearby and understands the local economy, cost of living and regional employers can be quite valuable, especially if your individual circumstances are deeply tied to such factors.
Who are the largest employers in Seattle?
The largest employers in the Seattle area provided by the Puget Sound Business Journal include:
- The Boeing Co.
- Microsoft Corp.
- Joint Base Lewis McChord
- University of Washington Seattle
Do you work for one of the largest employers in Seattle? If so, there’s a good chance the local financial advisor you hire will have other clients who work there, too. This knowledge could prove valuable if they are already familiar with your employee benefits such as a 401(k) plan, Health Savings Accounts and other components of your total compensation package.
When you reach out to financial advisors you’re considering hiring, let them know where you work and ask if they are familiar with the unique benefits and compensation structure offered by your employer.
What Do Seattle Financial Advisors Have to Say About Hiring a Local Professional?
Alex M. Lynch, CFA®, AWMA®
Jarvis Financial (Federal Way, WA)
“Finding an advisor in the Seattle area who has a local network of accountants and estate attorneys to assist you with your long-term financial planning, tax strategy, and legacy needs is extremely beneficial. Rules and regulations significantly differ for Washington state residents compared to other states and can even change city by city. Knowing these subtle but impactful nuances can add significant value to your financial plan.
Clients of Jarvis Financial love that we have a local resource network of accountants and estate attorneys with whom we have worked together for the best interest of clients for many years. Along with our ability to look out into the future and plan for potential tax changes that would impact our residents.
An advisor familiar with the Puget Sound region is also likely to have firsthand experience working with and knowing the ins and outs of retirement plans and employee benefits specific to large employers in the area. There is nothing quite like being able to personally visit their local office and look your team in the eyes and see where all the behind-the-scenes work happens.
Talking about money and our finances is often akin to going to the doctor’s office and sharing some very personal information. On a personal level, it can be very reassuring to connect and relate to someone who has kids who went to the same schools, who roots/commiserates for the same sports teams (Go Seahawks and Huskies!) and who has seen the local area grow, develop and change over the last many years alongside you. And of course, to share favorite restaurant recommendations with!”
Quick Tips For Hiring a Seattle Financial Advisor
Before hiring a financial advisor in Seattle, here are few quick tips to help you find the best advisor for you.
1. Decide Which Services You Need
Before hiring an advisor, determine what services you need from them. Whether it’s full-service investment management, or a plan focused on a specific area of your finances, put together a list of what you’d like help with before contacting an advisor.
Though most people use a financial planner simply to invest for retirement, this is only a small part of what many advisors offer. Here’s a quick rundown of potential services a financial advisor may offer you:
- Budgeting and money management
- Debt management
- Insurance planning
- Retirement planning
- Other investment planning
- Inheritance planning
- Estate planning
- Tax planning
As you can see, financial advisors can help you with your entire financial picture, not just investing. As you start to plan for life’s bigger milestones, you should consider finding a financial advisor that specializes in those areas.
Finding the right advisor can help you minimize risk, maximize gains and take advantage of tax breaks while investing for your future. They can also help you protect your assets with the right kinds of insurance, and help you pass on your financial legacy with a proper estate plan.
2. Consider Your Budget and Payment Preferences
Once you have a list of what services you would like, review the fee structures offered by financial advisors. Finding a balance between the services you need and the cost of those services will help you narrow down the field of advisors you may want to work with.
If you are looking for a full-service advisor to manage all of your investments, consider searching among fee-based financial advisors. If you want to manage your money yourself, consider the flat fee and monthly subscription advisors for ongoing support.
3. Interview Multiple Financial Advisors
Once you have chosen the services and fee structure you prefer, it’s time to contact a few advisors and interview them. Here are a few questions to ask when interviewing a financial advisor:
- What services do you provide?
- What are all the ways you get paid? (fee transparency)
- What is your investment strategy?
- How do you measure investment performance?
- How do we communicate about my plan?
Interview multiple advisors to get a feel for who you want to work with. A combination of fees, services and customer service will help you determine the best fit for your financial advice.
4. Review Financial Advisor Credentials
Once you find an advisor (or two) that you feel comfortable with, it’s always a good practice to check their credentials and the details of their firm. You can do this at the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (IAPD) website.
You can check both the individual and the firm to view their background and experience details, as well as any disciplinary action taken against them or their firm.
As licensed financial professionals, there is oversight into how financial advisors conduct business, so running a quick (free) check on them is recommended.
For additional information about advisor credentials, read our article to learn the most popular designations held by financial advisors, as well as specialized credentials which may be important to consider if you have unique financial planning needs:
Featured Seattle Financial Advisors
As you prepare to interview financial advisors in Seattle who may be right for you, here are advisors featured on Wealthtender to consider adding to your list.
- Alexander Lynch, CFA (Jarvis Financial)
Alexander Lynch, CFA (Jarvis Financial)
As your advisor, our job is to give you answers to your financial questions, in plain English, so that you can make educated and informed decisions about your retirement.
- Credentials: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Payment Options: Fee Only, Flat Fee, Percentage of Assets Managed
- Advisor Website: www.jarvisfinancial.com
- Wealthtender Profile: Alexander Lynch, CFA (Jarvis Financial)
Scroll down to view Seattle financial advisors featured on Wealthtender, including an interactive map to easily find their office location.
Frequently Asked Questions & Additional Resources
How do I know if I’m ready to hire a financial advisor?
You should strongly consider hiring a financial advisor if you have a significant amount of money available for saving or investing. This could occur after years of making annual contributions to a retirement plan like a 401(k) through your employer, or suddenly if you receive a large inheritance or sell your house for a large profit.
But even if you don’t have a lot of money saved, many financial advisors and planners provide reasonable pricing options and valuable services you should consider, especially if you’re facing a significant life event. For example, if you’re starting a new job, getting married, starting a family, getting divorced, lost your job, starting or selling a business or approaching retirement age, working with a trusted financial advisor or planner may prove worthwhile.
Before I hire a new financial advisor, should I fire my current advisor?
You don’t need to fire your current advisor before beginning your search for a new financial advisor. In fact, your new advisor can help coordinate the transition of your assets from your previous financial advisor.
Where can I read reviews about financial advisors written by their clients to help me decide if I should hire them?
After 60 years of regulatory prohibition of financial advisor reviews in the US, a rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) became effective on May 4, 2021 that means both financial advisors and directory websites that help consumers search for a financial advisor can collect and display financial advisor reviews, an important factor worth considering when choosing who you’ll hire to manage your investments and life savings.
Wealthtender is the first independent advisor review platform designed to be fully compliant with the new SEC rule and we look forward to helping you evaluate financial advisors based on reviews written by their clients.
I’m a Seattle financial advisor interested in being featured in this guide. How do I get started?
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