Is it worth paying for a financial advisor in Dubai?

Financial advisors in the UAE are typically compensated in one of the following ways;

  1. Fees based on Assets Under Management

  2. or Commission on the products distributed by them

One of the above may be applicable depending on the size of your investment portfolio or the financial products you choose.

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Fees on the Assets under management

Advisors would charge between 1.00% - 2.00% PA fees on the assets managed by them. The percentage depends on the amount of assets. For Eg: If you are investing $100,000, you could expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 per year in fees.

The minimum value for fee-based investment advice is typically $50,000.

Such advisors may offer Financial Planning, Investment Advisory, and Portfolio management services under this model.

They would also offer;

  • Holistic financial plan with detailed reports.

  • Estate planning and seamless asset distribution systems to your beneficiaries.

  • Construct an initial investment portfolio.

  • Invest and manage the assets on your behalf.

  • They would also offer regular quarterly or bi-annual meetings to review and rebalance your portfolio.

Under this model, you may invest in assets that provide income, growth, or a combination of income and growth.

Commissions on products distributed:

The commission-based model is ideal for smaller investments, such as regular savings plans and investments of less than $50,000.

The products distributed under this model are typically from regional and international insurance companies which offer both insurance and investment plans.

The type of compensation that is most appropriate for you will depend on your individual circumstances.

If you have a large investment portfolio, then fees on assets under management may be the most cost-effective option.

If you have a smaller investment portfolio, then commissions on products distributed may be a more affordable option.

Is it worth paying for a financial advisor in Dubai?

Whether or not it is worth paying for a financial advisor depends on several factors, including your budgets, goals, and comfort level with managing your own finances.

If you are capable and confident, you can manage your money yourself. But if you choose to hire a financial advisor, they should ideally provide the following benefits;

Regulated: Financial Advisors in the UAE are associated with firms licensed and regulated by relevant authorities like; the UAE Central Bank, The UAE Insurance Authority, The ESCA, DFSA, etc...

Such financial advisors must maintain high transparency levels and adhere to KYC/AML regulations and service standards.

Also, they work only with regulated institutions; hence you can be sure that your investments are placed with reputed and regulated institutions.

Expert Advice:

Financial advisors tend to have a wider knowledge and hands-on experience to help you make informed financial decisions.

  • They can help you create a financial plan that meets your specific needs. Explain complex financial aspects in layperson terms.

  • They provide Retirement planning, Child Education planning, Estate planning, and wealth management services. 

  • They can also help you distinguish between different investment options available to you by highlighting the pros and cons.

Save Time:

Financial advisors can save you time by analyzing and summarising portfolio performance and doing your research and legwork. They can also help you find the best deals on insurance, investments, and other financial products.

Build and Manage a Robust Investment Portfolio

There are over a dozen biases when it comes to investment.

Financial advisors could take a rational and emotion-free approach when helping you manage your money, thus potentially avoiding such biases.

They also help you build investment portfolios tailored to your specific needs and goals, review them regularly, and rebalance them when necessary.

They can also help you stay on course during adverse market and personal situations.

Avoid the trial-and-error approach.

You can avoid costly and unforgiving financial mistakes and the trial-and-error approach by hiring a qualified financial advisor.

Reduce risk

Financial advisors can help you reduce risk by diversifying your investments and by helping you make informed decisions about your investments.

Accountability Partner

Financial advisors can function as coaches/accountability partners, motivating you to build good money habits and get out of and avoid debt. Focus on regular savings and wealth accumulation.

Help with Claims and Withdrawals

Financial advisors can be helpful to you or your beneficiaries in submitting a claim and receiving it with less or no hassles. They can also help you withdraw money from your investment plans when you need them.

To Hire or Not?

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to pay for a financial advisor is your personal choice.

  • You may not need a financial advisor if you are adept and have the time and mindset to manage your finances. 
  • However, if you are a busy person with little or no time/passion to manage your money or want to get the most out of your money, then hiring a financial advisor may be a good investment.

5 few things to consider before choosing a Financial Advisor in UAE

If you are considering hiring a financial advisor, there are 5 few things you should keep in mind:

  • Check for reviews on Social Media and Google

  • Interview a few advisors before choosing to work with one

  • Make sure the advisor is licensed and regulated.

  • Ask about the advisor's qualifications, fees, and services upfront in writing.

  • Understand their scope of service and limitations.

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