What Is An Investment Coach?
At first glance, there appears to be no difference between an investment advisor and an investment coach. It's semantics. The only common link is "investment" but the intentions are very different.
An Investment Advisor focuses on providing ideas and information regarding planning for various life milestones. One component involves security selection for your portfolio. This advice is often given by someone who is associated with a financial services organization and as a result any advice can potentially be tailored to the purchase of financial products by that organization or its affiliates, financial products that may or may not be appropriate for your portfolio.
So what do you do Aman?
As an Investment Coach I help people who are striving to become financially independent but feel intimidated and frustrated by the investing process. They either don't know where to start or they haven't been making any progress with their portfolios. I teach and engage with people on how to make more educated and ultimately more successful investing decisions so that they can achieve some level of financial security.
The traditional Investment Advisor relationship is at a crossroads
The traditional investment advisor relationship focuses on investment product sales instead of people. When you hire an investment advisor or stock broker your implied assumption is s/he is an "expert" at the building wealth who will guide and stand by you so you can succeed in obtaining your financial goals. That is the standard value proposition financial institutions will always sell you on.
Unfortunately, your goals may not necessary jive with your advisor's. Financial services companies exist to make profit. They are going to build their business by selling you investment, insurance and other related products to help you reach your goals. To the extent your goals and theirs are similar there is no problem. But when your wealth building goals conflict with the advisors business profit goals which do you think will take precedence? Advisors are supposed to operate under a notion of fiduciary duty which means any advice has to be in your benefit.
Buying investment products is not going to solve the financial challenges you are facing.
To be fair, investment advisors serve a useful and important function by selling and distributing some of the investment tools that might be useful on your journey to financial security. However, buying investment tools is not going to solve the financial problems most people face. This is proven by the fact that all the investment tools anyone could need have been available for many years and yet survey after survey after survey like the one's below tell us people are not reaching their financial goals. Something more is necessary.
How can this misalignment in goals occur? Suppose, for example you're ready to invest a portion of your portfolio in U.S. equities and your objectives can best be met by a no-fee, no-commission, low-expense product. What are the chances that a product which generates no revenue for your financial advisor will be part of your investment plan when competing, higher fee products will put money in their pocket? Would it surprise you to learn that many low-expense, no-fee products can't even be sold by certain investment advisors precisely because they don't generate revenue for the company even though they may be the best choice for you?
This is just a reality of business. Investment advisors are in business to sell investment products, and must sell products he/she can profit from or there is no business. I can't make this any clearer. It doesn't matter what is best for your profits - what matters is the broker's profits which means no fee, low cost, no commission products may not appear in your investment plan even when they may be the best choice for you. This could be viewed as a conflict of interest.
Mixing education and product sales creates conflicts of interest. It is not in the client's interest to mix the education component of finance with the investment product sales component.
When the same person teaching you investment strategy is in a position to profit from selling you the tools to implement that strategy, there is a high risk that the advice you receive will be skewed to only those things that can be sold. It is just business.
As an Investment Coach I can educate you on your wealth building strategy without the bias of selling you an investment product.
There is a simple solution to address this conflict-of-interest. You must always separate out the investment strategy and education component of your wealth plan from the investment product sales component and pay for each separately. Investment coaching can educate you on your wealth building strategy without the bias of selling you an investment product.
What would really make a difference for most people is to have someone that can coach and teach them to maneuver and synthesize the mountain of investment information to separate noise from value and leverage this information through analysis and to make informed and successful investment decisions. An investment coach can be useful as a mentor to leverage when faced with difficult decisions and having an outlet to bounce the ideas off.
I am here to help you- not to sell you
You need someone on your side whose only interest is to help you - not sell you. THAT is the advantage of investment coaching.
A true coach emphasizes disciplined decision making through education, engagement and empowerment.
As an Investment coach, I work with you. Your path to financial literacy and success will be unique to you, and the obstacles you must overcome will be yours alone to face.
If financial freedom is your goal then it is critical to find the right path uniquely fitted to your needs among all the wealth building paths available. This requires a more comprehensive model that emphasizes education and disciplined decision making. After all, there is no point in putting you on a particular path to wealth if you don't learn the first priniciples of how wealth is created and how to develop the discipline for understanding how to make those key investment decisions that will put you on the path and stay on the path long enough to succeed.
As an investment coach I consider myself more of an educator and mentor and not a sales person. I compensated by the time I spend with you to help you make better investment decisions...on your own!
Investment coaching can educate you on what works and what doesn't while making you more street smart to deal with the noise brewing from the investment industry.
Below is a tale of the tape comparison between Investment Advisors and Investment Coaches:
Follows the client's agenda
No specific securities recommendations
Client's have unique strategies, plans and portfolios
Client becomes expert and own authority
Relationship creates independence
Client is accountable and responsible
Asking questions and educating
Focuses on learning and growth of client
Goal is to create a fully functional, educated, independent client
Doesn't sell investment products
Paid for eliciting, educating, expanding, and supporting client's whole financial success
Draws out client's values, skills, and knowledge
Follows the advisor's agenda
Specific securities recommendations
Client's strategies and portfolios look similar
Advisor is authority
Relationship creates dependence
Advisor is accountable and responsible
Focuses on financial product sales
Goal is to create a portfolio for a dependent client
Sells investment products
Takes away self-responsibility
Paid for portfolio advice and transactions.
Imposes advisors values, skills, and knowledge on client
Investment Coaching empowers people to take control of their financial destiny through education and self-awareness of their behaviors towards money
As an investment coach I can provide you with a a structured and collaborative environment in which you can not only expect financial growth but personal growth and performance improvement as well. A coaching relationship often results in other aspects of their life improving along with their financial picture.
Personal investment coaching creates an environment of self-discovery, heightened focus, and a renewed openness to taking more effective actions. Through investment coaching you can develop improved self-confidence and mastery over your financial security. The result is a more successful, disciplined and independent you.
Even if you are a Do-It-Yourself investor, you don't have to walk the whole journey to financial freedom alone.
You can avoid many of the mistakes and accelerate your progress with the support of your personal investment coach - and without many of the conflicts of interest inherent in traditional financial advice.
In summary, the difference between investment coaching and investment advice is simple.
Investment advisors wants to sell you lemonade; whereas, investment coaching teaches, mentors and supports you to learn how to grow your own lemon trees on your own, so that you can drink all the lemonade you want for the rest of your life.
Interested in learning more click below for more information on my in-person and online investing courses as well as my introductory coaching program.