We all work hard to earn our money so when it comes to investing and planning for the future its important have peace of mind and confidence in your chosen financial adviser.
If you are contacted by a financial adviser or an investment adviser representative whilst residing here in the USA, it is important that you check that the individual adviser is licenced and the company is registered here in the US.
Many people aren’t aware that there are currently a multitude of “so called” adviser companies who call in to the US, and actively targeting British expats (and other nationalities). These outfits are mainly from European and middle east locations, and whilst these companies may be licenced and or registered in their home jurisdiction’s, it does not automatically mean that they are licenced and regulated to give advice to a US resident.
It’s worth checking any disciplinary problems or disputes, this can be easily done by visiting the broker check website and searching for either the firm or the individual adviser.
Any FINRA/SEC registered adviser firm will be able to provide you with the companies CRD number which will help you identify them. https://brokercheck.finra.org/
Carrying out these checks is important, because if you do business with an unregistered firm that later goes out of business or if you have a dispute regards the advice given, there may be little recourse — even if an arbitrator or a court rules in your favour.