A recent Vanguard survey asked over 1,500 investors in the U.S. if they believed financial advisers add value, and more specifically, how much value in dollar terms.
It found that across the board, regardless of whether the advice was delivered by a human or via a digital channel, investors believed advice provided substantial portfolio, financial and emotional value, and got them closer to achieving their financial goals.
Here’s a breakdown:
Investors were asked two questions: 1) what they believe their investment performance was with a financial adviser and 2) what they believe it would have been without one.
The results were that human-advised clients believed their advisers added 5 per cent to their annual portfolio performance, while digital-advised clients believed advice added 3 per cent.
Investors also believe advice provides high financial value, with human-advised clients perceiving advice to add 16 per cent to their attainment of financial goals.
In dollar terms, this means clients with the median financial goal of one million dollars will be $160,000 closer to achieving it compared to unadvised investors.
For digital-advised clients, they believed advice to contribute 5 per cent to their attainment of financial goals, meaning they were $50,000 closer to achieving one million dollars than if they didn’t seek advice.
The financial choices households must make have become more complex over time. By their nature, financial markets tend to be volatile, which may make investors anxious during market corrections. Trusted advice in times like these improves more than just returns, but it can also provide financial peace of mind and keep investors on track to achieve their goals.
It was found that human-advised clients reported a 56 per cent increase in their peace of mind when they engaged the services of a financial adviser. Digital-advised clients reported a 12 per cent increase.
It’s evident from this research that investors derive significant value from financial advice and can greatly benefit from the investment expertise and coaching that professional guidance can offer.
From improving investment returns to achieving individual goals to emotional reassurance, financial advisers can support you on your investment journey.
20 Apr, 2022
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