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I need to hire a professional for managing an investment of $5 million and above. The goal of the investment is growth and wealth protection.

I would like to hire a professional that I can fully trust with this investment while I focus on other areas of my life.

I would appreciate some advice on how to hire such a professional.

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First of all, what you want to be looking for is a wealth management / private banking / advisory firm or individual catering to High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) which is the linguo in the industry to describe individuals a fair amount of money, although the specific range varies. This article from the Financial Post suggests range of 1-5M USD, which is appropriate here. Above this, the term used is Very High Net Worth Individuals (VHNWI).

Rankings and reputation

One good starting point is to get a feel for who are the reputable wealth management advisors. Such lists abound (e.g. Forbes, CNBC, etc) and you should be able to find some firms in an area convenient for you. Ideally, you should refine your criteria to match firms delivering the type of services that you are looking for.

Referrals

Both money and the service industry tend to be very personal. Nothing quite beats a referral from a trusted person. If someone you trust has made use of such services, you may ask them about their experience and whether they have some recommendations.

Choose your advisor

Even within a given firm, you can choose your advisor. Meet them, discuss with them, look them up on LinkedIn, try to find track records or reviews on their performance and service. If you like a firm but not the proposed advisor, ask to meet someone else.

Services

At this level, the key differentiating factor between firms is often on the breadth and comprehensiveness of their services. Do ask about the full breadth of services they offer and then compare against different firms.

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    I think a good answer to a question like this would describe different fee structures for advisors. Some charge a rate based on time spent together, some charge a % of your portfolio value, and some earn commissions by offering products created by affiliated companies. The type of fee structure being used can say a lot about the type of advisor. – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Jul 24 '17 at 13:04

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