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Add a professional to your team: A financial advisor.

Buying a home, planning for retirement or choosing a college savings plan can feel overwhelming. A financial advisor can help you make the right investment choices for you and your family.

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You're not alone.

Making the decision to work with an advisor doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as understanding what an advisor can do for you, finding the right professional and taking that first step to make contact.

What can an advisor do for you?

There are many benefits to working with an advisor. A qualified professional can help you with all the aspects of your financial plan.

See the big picture.

An advisor will work with you to create a comprehensive financial plan that considers all of your goals — whether it’s college education, a family vacation or retirement. When it comes to budgeting, saving or investing, a professional advisor has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Keep your goals on track.

Having a financial plan in place means you don’t have to start from scratch every time you need to make a decision. You can work with your advisor to develop a solid plan based on your own timeline and risk tolerance.

Once you know your objectives, you won’t have to sweat the small stuff. Leave it to a professional who knows how to monitor all the aspects of your master plan.

Work together.

Hiring a financial advisor doesn’t mean giving up control. The more you know about your investments, the more confident you’ll be about making adjustments, handling market shifts and asking the right questions.

Choose the right investments.

If you’re shopping around for a 529 education savings plan, for instance, you’ll find that most states offer at least one.

A financial advisor can help you sort through your options and pick the best plan for your family. Many of them have gone through the process with their own families too!

To get a jump start on your own 529 savings plan, try our college calculator. Use it to learn about college costs and calculate your contributions. Then download a report of your results and share with your new advisor.

Find your financial goal-mate

Working with a financial advisor means developing a relationship that’s both professional and personal and may last for years.

Know yourself.

Think about your current financial concerns and your future goals. What money issues cause you to worry? Do you have aging parents or other responsibilities? Is college savings a top priority? What do you dream of doing when your kids have flown the nest?

Research how advisors get paid.

Some advisors earn a commission on the investments they offer. Others charge an hourly rate or collect a small percentage of your assets being managed. There is a range of ways advisors are compensated, so ask potential advisors how they are paid, and be sure you’re comfortable with it.

Decide how to communicate.

Would you like to meet in person, online, by phone or all of the above? Do you prefer email or paper? Is it important to you to work with an advisor who’s nearby, or are you okay with a long-distance relationship? Make sure you and a potential advisor are in sync in terms of communication.

Start the search.

It’s a good idea to interview more than one advisor before deciding who could be your best financial teammate. Start with three or four prospective advisors and see if there’s someone who feels like a good fit.

Ask friends and family.

Pay close attention when comparing notes with other parents about saving for college or planning for retirement. Ask about their advisors and, if you like what you hear, get a referral.

Do your research.

FINRA’s BrokerCheck ® is a good resource for learning the background of an individual or a firm.

Be selective.

You’ll be sharing the financial details of your life. Ask yourself if the advisor you’ve spoken with is someone you’d feel comfortable talking to about a life or career change. If not, keep looking.

Start now

You can use our advisor locator tool to find a qualified advisor near you. Some may offer a free consultation, so you can make appointments with a few different professionals to see who you prefer.


Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses, summary prospectuses and CollegeAmerica Program Description, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. CollegeAmerica is distributed by American Funds Distributors, Inc. and sold through unaffiliated intermediaries. 

Depending on your state of residence, there may be an in-state plan that provides state tax and other state benefits, such as financial aid, scholarship funds and protection from creditors, not available through CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any state's 529 plan, investors should consult a tax advisor. 

If withdrawals from 529 plans are used for purposes other than qualified education expenses, the earnings will be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty in addition to federal and, if applicable, state income tax. State tax treatment of K-12 withdrawals varies. Please consult your tax advisor for state-specific details.

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