What is a fee-only financial planner?
A fee-only financial planner is paid directly by their clients. This is different from financial planners who charge a commission through the products they sell. Typically, fee-only financial planners charge flat rates, hourly rates or a percentage of the assets that they manage for the client.
In the personal finance industry, the fee-only model is considered to be the most transparent because it puts the client’s interest first. Fee-only financial planners are also considered fiduciaries because they’re required to consider what’s in the best interest of their client, according to the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.