Who Can you Trust with Your Money?
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Bonnie Kirchner, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, holds a B.S. degree in Financial Counseling and Planning from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in Taxation from Bentley University. For several years, she was a fixture on the Boston radio and television scene, providing financial information to millions of people. She was also married to Brad Bleidt–a charming, clever financial advisor who ran one of the country’s largest Ponzi investment scams before Madoff–and gives her extraordinary personal insight into both scammers and their unwitting victims. For more information, go to $ea Change Financial Education, LLC at www.seachangefinancial.com.
“ Bonnie Kirchner is perhaps the only person in America who is qualified enough to write this book. She has the experience, the firsthand knowledge, and the credibility to help you find a personal financial advisor you can trust. In ways no other author could, she helps you navigate the oftentimes treacherous world of personal financial advice and helps you learn how to find someone you can trust with your money, your financial plan, and your life’s goals.”
— Robert Powell, Editor, Retirement Weekly; Retirement Columnist, MarketWatch.com/retirement
“ This book is a must read for those consumers thinking about hiring a financial advisor and for those who have one already. Bonnie shares her personal story so that you can be protected from the scammers and the thieves that seem to lurk in the shadows. 99% of financial advisors are the good guys that wear the white hats and really want to help their clients succeed. Bonnie can help you sift through the masses to weed out that bad seed.”
— Dee Lee, CFP®, Harvard Financial Educators and Personal Finance Editor, WBZ radio–CBS affiliate, Boston
“ The two biggest risks to your financial well-being are not the markets and the economy; they are fraud and bad advice. The author shares her personal story of how this can happen even with those we trust the most. More importantly, she gives you the knowledge of what financial planning is all about and then how to steer clear of potential fraud or just plain bad advisors!”
— Dave Caruso, CFP®, Chairman and CEO, Coastal Capital Group
Is Your Financial Advisor Stealing From You?
If it could happen to Bernie Madoff’s clients, it could happen to you. Make sure it doesn’t. Bonnie Kirchner reveals the hidden signs that could mean you’re getting ripped off–and what to do about it if you are. You’ll also learn how to identify a truly reputable advisor and build a relationship that gives you your money’s worth. Nobody’s more qualified than Kirchner to write this book. She’s a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who was one of New England’s leading TV personal finance reporters. And, as the unwitting victim of her ex-husband, notorious Ponzi schemer Brad Bleidt, she found her own life ripped apart by one of the nation’s biggest financial scandals. Since divorcing Bleidt, she’s devoted herself to understanding exactly how financial scammers operate. This book shares everything she learned the hard way–so you won’t have to!
• Choose a capable advisor you can trust
• Ask the right questions; check the right details
• Build a successful relationship with your advisor
• Recognize minor discrepancies that may mean something is very wrong
• Protect yourself if you learn you are being ripped off
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A book that belongs in every investor's library,
This review is from: Who Can you Trust with Your Money? (Paperback)Talk about betrayal. Not to diminish the impact of a man philandering on his wife, but to lie and steal from your mother, from your family, from your friends, from your colleagues, from your clients -- and, yes, from your wife -- is betrayal of the highest order of magnitude. Really, who can you trust?
Bonnie Kirchner tells us who when it regards our money in Who Can You Trust With Your Money?; an important, necessary, and timely book. Just as only Nixon could open relations with China, only Bonnie Kirchner could write this book. Kirchner is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, was one of New England's leading TV personal finance reporters... and was a casualty of her ex-husband's (Brad Bleidt) notorious Ponzi scheme.
On November 10, 2004, I was on top of the world. My husband and I were commemorating a major milestone for the radio station we worked so hard to build. Finally we were taking programming twenty four hours, seven days a week. I couldn't have... Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can trust this author,
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This review is from: Who Can you Trust with Your Money? (Paperback)Anyone considering hiring a financial adviser should read this book. The author, an experienced financial planner and media personality, was deceived by her own husband,a dishonest financial planner who stole from his clients and family. The book offers essential advice about how you can avoid people like him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Who Can You Trust with Your Money, by By Barbara Kirchner,
This review is from: Who Can you Trust with Your Money? (Paperback)I highly recommend this book for a practical, common sense approach to investing. The Introduction and first chapter are an amazing personal account of the authors experience as the ex-spouse of Brad Bleidt, convicted of a Ponzi Investment scheme. She details how scammers rob their clients through a detailed web of lies and deception. She then presents a chapter by chapter "workbook" of tips, advise, strategy and glossary of financial terms that is easy to read and even easier to apply to your investing "plan". As non-financial professional, I found it a great practical, easy read......and a "must" to have in your bookshelf for quick reference !!!
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Table of Contents
Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
Chapter 1 Recent Investment Scams . . . 1
Bradford C. Bleidt . . . 1
Bernard Madoff . . . 8
Chapter 2 What Is Financial Planning? . . . 15
Chapter 3 The Meaning Behind Advisor Designations and Licenses . . . 21
Chapter 4 Advisor Compensation . . . 31
Chapter 5 Deciphering Fee Structures . . . 35
Portfolio Development and Asset Management . . . 35
Financial Planning . . . 36
Stocks, Bonds, and Exchange Traded Funds . . . 36
Mutual Funds . . . 37
Variable Annuities . . . 39
Indexed Annuities . . . 41
Insurance . . . 41
Chapter 6 Finding Additional Fees . . . 43
Managed and/or Brokerage . . . 43
Variable Annuities . . . 44
Mutual Funds . . . 45
Exchange Traded Funds and Index Funds . . . 46
Chapter 7 Financial Products and Advisor Compensation . . . 47
Investment-Related . . . 48
Insurance Coverage . . . 49
Financial Planning . . . 50
Chapter 8 Statements, Communications, and the “Dreaded” Prospectus . . . 51
Statements . . . 51
Prospectuses—Mutual and Exchange Traded Funds . . . 53
Shareholder Updates and Annual Reports . . . 55
Prospectuses—Variable Annuities . . . 56
Standard Charges (on Most Contracts) . . . 56
Rider Electives . . . 57
Proxy Materials . . . 57
Chapter 9 The Roles of Various Financial Institutions . . . 59
Investments in Insurance Products . . . 61
Investment Management and Investment Product Sales . . . 63
The Broker/Dealer . . . 63
The Custodian . . . 64
The Federal Deposit Insurance Company . . . 65
The Securities Investment Protection Corporation (SIPC) . . . 66
Chapter 10 Understanding What You Need . . . 67
Chapter 11 Choosing Advisors to Consider . . . 77
Chapter 12 Choosing Candidates to Interview . . . 81
Chapter 13 Interviewing Candidates . . . 85
Preparing for the Meeting . . . 85
During the Meeting . . . 92
After the Meeting . . . 97
Chapter 14 Spotting Red Flags: Advisors to Avoid . . . 101
The Name and Information Gathering Phase . . . 101
During the Meeting . . . 104
After the Meeting . . . 106
Advisors to Avoid . . . 107
Chapter 15 The Rules of Engagement . . . 111
Chapter 16 Maintenance of the Advisor–Client Relationship . . . 127
Chapter 17 Activity . . . 131
Chapter 18 Accessibility . . . 135
Chapter 19 The Dysfunctional Relationship . . . 137
Chapter 20 Criminal Versus Non-Criminal Behavior . . . 143
Chapter 21 Filing a Complaint . . . 149
Appendix A Consumer Resources . . . 155
Credit Ratings Agencies . . . 163
Appendix B Glossary . . . 167
Index . . . 187
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