U.S. News & World Report: What brings meaning to your life?

October 12, 2023

10 Questions to Ask Financial Advisors

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by U.S. News & World Report in an article — by reporter Kate Stalter, “10 Questions to Ask Financial Advisors” — regarding hiring a person who will have intimate details about your life, your health, your family, and your financial situation.

Quoted article excerpt is below:

What Brings Meaning to Your Life?

Advisors often want to share more of their own stories with prospective clients to help build rapport and to understand if the person or couple is a good fit.

“It’s entirely reasonable to want to understand your financial advisor as a person,” says Michael Ashley Schulman, partner and chief investment officer at Running Point Capital Advisors in El Segundo, California.

“Clients should ask how and why their advisor got started in the business and what they enjoy doing outside of work,” he says. “These can be deeply illuminating questions that highlight the advisor’s personality, experience, commitment and passions.”

Asking those in-depth questions, he says, and paying attention to their responses, can give prospective clients insights into an advisor’s core values to see if they match up.

“Clients often discover that having a strong alignment in personal values plays a pivotal role in their choice between advisors,” he says. “What’s more, the greater the overlap in values, the higher the chances of building a successful and enduring relationship that benefits both parties.”

What Brings Meaning — Photography and graphics by Yrtist.com

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.

Warren Bennis, author and organizational & leadership consultant

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