If an investment is made directly through a financial adviser, TC is generally kept by the adviser. However, some agencies (for example Commsec) return half of the TC to the client.
A financial adviser should act purely in the investors' best interests. However, it is possible that the financial adviser may direct the investment towards funds that are most profitable in terms of TC. Supporters of the directing of investments into funds benefiting the financial adviser claim that it encourages the adviser to maintain the value of the portfolio, thus aligning their interests with those of their clients. Detractors suggest that investors are usually unaware of the practice and that it is ineffective as an incentive. In Britain, the FSA has considered restricting the practice but rejected such measures.
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Articles and Opinions
- Article in The Observer (Britain) warning investors.
- Article in www.theage.com.au (Australia) calling for an end to trail commissions.
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