BARRONS - Reliable, conflict-free advice. That’s what you usually want when you hire a skilled pro to help build and manage your financial portfolio. But there’s no guarantee you’ll get it.
You're mostly on your own to discern the great, the mediocre, and the ugly of the investment advisory world. "If regulators and Congress aren't going to do anything, investors have to take things into their own hands," says Harold Evensky, president of Evensky & Katz in Coral Gables, Fla., and a professor of finance at Texas Tech University.