November 21, 2023
Do-it-yourself (DIY) investing is nothing new, but in recent years it has grown in popularity thanks to the proliferation of self-styled experts on the internet, particularly YouTube and social media channels such as TikTok. The idea is that personal finance and investing really aren’t that complicated, and that you’ll save money on advisor fees if you go it alone.
The truth is that only a very small number of people – people who live and breathe investing and personal finance in their spare time – have a reasonable chance of doing a good job of managing their own finances. But even they would significantly benefit from the unbiased assessment of a professional advisor, in the same way that doctors and lawyers turn to other doctors and lawyers when they need health or legal advice.
For virtually everyone looking to build and preserve wealth, save for their children’s education, and meet all the other goals that define our financial lives, working with an advisor will be the best financial decision you ever make.
A dedicated professional
It takes time and skill
A nose for savings
Focus and discipline
One of the biggest pitfalls of DIY investing is failing to maintain proper discipline. So many people react to short-term market and economic events (positive or negative) by being impulsive and either buying or selling when they shouldn’t. Investing is a long-term endeavour and you shouldn’t allow short-term “noise” to influence your decisions or interfere with your carefully developed wealth plan. Fear, panic, greed and overconfidence are just some of the emotions that can lead you to make poor or risky investment decisions. An advisor can help you stay calm and focused, so you can enjoy peace of mind even when markets are highly volatile.
What all of this means is that any money you think you’ll be saving by going the DIY route will almost certainly pale in comparison to what you’ll save once an advisor has put your finances under the microscope.
If you’re ready to take the next step towards securing your financial future, get in touch with an iA Private Wealth Investment Advisor today.
This article is a general discussion of certain issues intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as tax or legal advice. Please obtain independent professional advice, in the context of your particular circumstances. iA Private Wealth Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. iA Private Wealth is a trademark and business name under which iA Private Wealth Inc. operates.