Just a few short years ago it seemed easy to make your own investment choices: just drop everything into the stock market, and you were sure to gain. Now, though, two years of a down market -- peppered by corporate blowups and untold losses -- has led many individuals to seek professional help.
Working with a financial planner can do a lot of good -- they can help you determine your goals, assess your comfort with risk and even suggest specific investments. But they won't solve all your problems; you alone are responsible for your investing decisions. All the more reason you need to find a planner you can trust. To that end, here are a few tips to keep in mind while looking for some help: