Independent Financial Advisor Tim Hayes

Financial Advisor Tim Hayes

Tim has offices in Boston and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He's licensed to handle securities in 8 states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, and Florida.

I am an Investment Adviser Representative at Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) based in Fairfield, IA. I am also registered with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., an independent broker-dealer with over 3,000 registered representatives nationwide.

Most clients pay fee-only or an hourly rate. The size and complexity of the client’s wealth management and financial and retirement planning determine that fee.

Some clients pay a commission, mainly those with smaller accounts, i.e., Roth IRAs, some public-school teachers with 403b retirement accounts, or parents or grandparents who set up a 529 college savings plan.

The first introductory and fact-finding appointment can be in-person or by phone. The next meeting where I provide my recommendations should be in-person.

Subsequent meetings during which we monitor your progress and investments can be done in-person or by phone, email, Zoom, or Skype – or, more likely, a combination of these meeting types.

Difference Between Registered Representatives and Investment Advisor Representatives

Summary: Looking for a financial advisor? Understand the difference between fee-only advisors and financial professionals. Learn more about their services and costs.

Types of Advisors

Webster defines a fee as a sum paid or charged for a service. For example, in the financial services industry, that service could be developing a financial plan, reviewing your investment portfolio, or perhaps a fee to manage that investment portfolio.

Charging a fee instead of a commission has become synonymous with fiduciary advice provided under the 1940 Investment Advisers Act. The expectation is that the advice is ongoing, which, if so, requires the advisor to be a fiduciary.

Financial Professional

Many financial professionals in the financial services industry are not fiduciaries. Instead, the 1934 Securities Exchange Act regulates them. In addition, they get paid a commission for selling financial products; the advice is incidental to the product sale. Therefore, an ongoing advice relationship between the client and the advisor is not expected.

Regulation Best Interest, a new rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), requires that advisors working under the 34 Act no longer call themselves financial advisors; instead, they must identify themselves as financial professionals.

Investment Adviser Representatives

Investment adviser representatives can continue to call themselves financial advisors, and advisors such as myself who are registered under the 1934 Securities Exchange Act and the 1940 Investment Advisers Act can also do so.

I am dually registered, which is both good and bad. I can work under either of the two laws depending on the client. So I do not have to turn clients away. However, it could add a layer of confusion for a client.

Investment Advice Near Me

A – Investment Advice Near Me
  • Abington 
  • Acton
  • Amesbury 
  • Andover
  • Arlington 
  • Ashland 
  • Attleboro 
  • Avon 

B – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Bedford 
  • Bellingham
  • Belmont 
  • Beverly – I grew up in Beverly
  • Billerica 
  • Boston – I Live in the South End
  • Boxford 
  • Braintree
  • Brookline

C – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Cambridge
  • Canton 
  • Carlisle 
  • Carver 
  • Chelmsford 
  • Cohasset
  • Concord 

D – Investment Advice Near Me

E – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Edgartown

F – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Fall River 
  • Fairhaven
  • Foxborough 
  • Framingham 
  • Franklin
  • Freetown

G – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Georgetown
  • Gloucester 
  • Groton

H – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Hamilton
  • Hanover 
  • Harvard 
  • Haverhill – I lived in Haverhill for five years
  • Hingham
  • Holliston 
  • Hopkinton 
  • Hudson 

I – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Ipswich 

L – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Lexington 
  • Lincoln 
  • Lowell 
  • Lynnfield 

M – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Malden 
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Mansfield 
  • Marblehead – I worked at the Corinthian Yacht Club during college
  • Marion
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Marshfield
  • Mattapoisett
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Melrose 
  • Merrimac
  • Methuen 
  • Middleborough 
  • Middleton
  • Milton 

N – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Nantucket
  • Natick 
  • Needham
  • New Bedford
  • Newburyport 
  • Newton 
  • North Andover 
  • North Attleborough 
  • Northborough
  • North Reading 
  • Norton 
  • Norwell
  • Norwood

P – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Peabody
  • Plymouth 
  • Provincetown

R – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Randolph 
  • Reading
  • Revere 
  • Rockland
  • Rockport

S – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Salem- I lived in Salem after college
  • Sandwich
  • Saugus 
  • Scituate 
  • Sharon
  • Sherborn
  • Somerville
  • Southborough
  • Stoneham 
  • Stoughton
  • Sudbury 
  • Swampscott

T – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Tewksbury 
  • Topsfield
  • Tyngsboro 

W – Investment Advice Near Me

  • Wakefield
  • Walpole
  • Waltham
  • Wareham
  • Watertown 
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley 
  • Wenham
  • Westford
  • Weston 
  • Westport 
  • Westwood
  • Weymouth 
  • Wilmington 
  • Winchester
  • Woburn

What Costs More?

Because the advice is ongoing, asset fee advice will most likely cost more than the commission (hourly rate fee advice may be the exception). So when a customer contemplates hiring an advisor, one of the first questions is whether they need continuing advice.

Another is whether the initial advice is better if provided under a fiduciary standard. However, one thing to remember is that Regulation Best Interest now requires that broker-dealers minimize conflicts of interest for their financial professionals.

Hourly Fee Only Financial Advisor

The hourly rate differs among financial advisors. The fee hovers around 1% but has been trending down because of robo-advisors and other internet-type advice.

Remember that the asset fee is ongoing and sometimes covers any additional advice you require. In contrast, the hourly rate works more like how attorneys are paid. The advisor gets paid when advice or services are rendered.

Additional Costs

Whether you pay a commission or fee, the products recommended will have additional costs. For example, a fund most likely will have a management fee. Moreover, some products have fees if you surrender them before a certain period.

The commission is synonymous with actively managed funds. Simultaneously, fee advisors tend to recommend index funds partly because they are cheaper, helping offset their fees.

Fee-Only Financial Advisor

Unlike a dual-registered advisor, a fee-only financial advisor works exclusively under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Their only compensation is the fee paid, whether hourly or a percentage of assets.


When looking for a financial advisor, it is important to understand the differences between a feeonly financial advisor and a financial professional. The former is a fiduciary and works under the 1940 Investment Advisers Act, while the latter is regulated by the 1934 Securities Exchange Act. Feeonly advisors charge a fee for their services, either an hourly rate or a percentage of assets. The cost of the products recommended by either type of advisor may also include additional fees.

Financial Advisor Near Me

Tim has offices in Boston and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He licensed to handle securities in 8 states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, and Florida.

These are the opinions of Financial Advisor Tim Hayes and not necessarily those of Cambridge Investment Research. They are for informational purposes only and should not be construed or acted upon as individualized investment advice.

Fee-Based Financial Planner, Hourly Rate, or Commission

Most clients pay fee-only or an hourly rate. The size and complexity of the client’s wealth management and financial and retirement planning determine that fee.

Hourly Fee Only Financial Advisor

$ 150 /Hour
  • Fee-only Fiduciary Advisor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Planning
  • Advisor Financial Planning

Fee-Only Financial Advisor

  • Fiduciary Advisor
  • Fee Based
  • Fee-Only Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning Services

Financial Advisor Commission

  • Financial Professional
  • Best Interest Regulation
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