The Investec Difference
The cornerstone of many a successful relationship, both personal and professional, is trust. Both parties want to be treated with respect, honesty, and consideration. It's no different for a financial advisory relationship. You want your advisor to be as prudent in investing your money as he is with his own. We believe our independence as a privately-held fee-based registered investment advisor is an important element in forging successful relationships with clients in at least two important ways.
First, we are not beholden to the corporate objectives of any brokerage house or mutual fund company. We are free to choose the funds in which we invest based on our research and judgment as to which will perform best for our clients and ourselves. Our fee-based pricing structure ensures that neither we nor our advice are influenced by anything other than your best interests. Clients can be assured that there are no monetary incentives from fund companies or brokerage firms affecting our choice of investments.
Second, registered investment advisors are legally required to uphold a fiduciary relationship with their clients. What does that mean? It means that we are obligated to make decisions and recommendations on the basis of what's best for the client. Brokers are required to meet a standard of "suitability," a criterion that allows financial incentives that flow back to them to impact their recommendations, such as promoting funds managed by the firm they work for. Registered investment advisors, on the other hand, are required to keep client interests foremost in mind.
Our being independent fiduciaries doesn't guarantee that the right chemistry will exist between us, but it should underscore that our commitment is to see you financially successful. And we think that should matter to you.