A minimum portfolio of $500,000 is required for a confidential second opinion from an independent advisor. There is no requirement to become a client of the independent advisor in order to receive a second opinion. An independent advisor is a company not affiliated with or employed by your current advisor or financial service provider. To eliminate potential conflicts of interest, the independent advisor provided by this site has a fiduciary duty to put your interests first, does not sell any financial products such as mutual funds or insurance and is not employed by any third party such as a bank, brokerage firm, insurance company or mutual fund company. Second opinions may include a review of any account reports and proposals provided to you by your current financial service providers. Submitting a request on this site for a second opinion or other financial advice does not create any obligation by the advisor to provide such services to you. In addition, all services are provided at the sole discretion of the independent advisor. Limit one complimentary second opinion per household.
Here is an example of a Total Expense Report, which shows all the fees and commissions being charged. To help the independent advisor answer your question, a link to this sample report will be included in the draft e-mail from you to your advisor.
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ABOUT THE SERVICE
The Service is intended to assist you formulate detailed questions that you can then ask your current financial service provider or GFG. In doing so, the Service provides you with sample language to include in an e-mail that can be sent to either your current financial service provider or to GFG. Such language is written from a technical, knowledge-based perspective and is intended to help you get the most complete and accurate response to your questions. Before sending any email from the Site, you will have the option to review and edit the email and can either send or not send the email. It will be your responsibility to tailor the email to reflect a tone that is consistent with your prior communications with your financial advisor. Drafts of unsent e-mails and copies of e-mails sent using the Service may be saved, edited and viewed by accessing the Service’s “dashboard feature” that is available to registered users. Please note that any replies to the e-mails you send using the Service will not be received by the Service but will instead be sent directly to your own email account by the party sending the reply.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY GFG
You may also use the Service to request a second opinion or other financial service from GFG which is referred to in this site as the “independent advisor”. As an independent advisor, GFG is under no obligation to provide any type of financial service under this user agreement. In the event you request financial advice or a second opinion from GFG, you may be required to enter into a separate agreement with GFG for such services.
REGISTRATION; RULES FOR USER CONDUCT AND USE OF THE SERVICE
You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the United States to register for and use the Service. If you are a user who signs up for the Service (a “registered user”), you will be asked to create a personalized account with a unique “user name” and password to access the Service. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your password and/or account. GFG is not responsible for any liabilities, losses, or damages arising out of the unauthorized use of your member name, password and/or account. GFG has the right to suspend or terminate any person’s continued use of the Service at any time and for any reason. At our discretion, we, or technology we employ, may monitor and/or record your interactions with the Service.
Your permission to use the Service is conditioned upon the following “Use Restrictions and Conduct Restrictions.” You agree that you will not under any circumstances:
EMAILS SENT BY THE SERVICE ARE NOT ENCRYPTED
Please be aware that emails sent by the Service are not encrypted and that they can generally be intercepted and read by third-parties. To protect yourself from identity theft, you are advised, and hereby agree, to take the following precautions when using the Service:
RESPONSIBILITY FOR EMAIL CONTENT SENT BY THE SERVICE
You are solely responsible for your account and the activity that occurs while signed in to or while using the Service. GFG does not, and cannot, pre-screen or monitor all use of the Service. By using the Service, you agree that any liability, loss or damage that occurs as a result of your use of the Service is solely your responsibility. By way of example, it is possible that your financial advisor may elect to discontinue your relationship with him or her and may take offense at your inquiries and questions.
GFG does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information on the Service. GFG takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any user content that you or any other user or third party sends over the Service.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES AND/OR MATERIALS
As part of the Service, GFG may provide you with links to third party website(s) (“Third Party Sites”) as well as content or items belonging to or originating from third parties (the “Third Party Applications, Software or Content”). These links are provided as a courtesy to Service subscribers. GFG has no control over Third Party Sites and Third Party Applications, Software or Content or the promotions, materials, information, goods or services available on these Third Party Sites or Third Party Applications, Software or Content. Such Third Party Sites and Third Party Applications, Software or Content are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by GFG, and GFG is not responsible for any Third Party Sites accessed through the Site or any Third Party Applications, Software or Content posted on, available through or installed from the Site, including the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability, privacy practices or other policies of or contained in the Third Party Sites or the Third Party Applications, Software or Content. Inclusion of, linking to or permitting the use or installation of any Third Party Site or any Third Party Applications, Software or Content does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by GFG. If you decide to leave the Site and access the Third Party Sites or to use or install any Third Party Applications, Software or Content, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site or relating to any applications you use or install from the Site.
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By agreeing to these Terms of Service, you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waive, discharge, and forever release GFG, GFG’s employees, officers, directors, attorneys, managers, members, and their successors and assigns, from and of any and all claims, causes of action, allegations or assertions that you have or may have had at any time up through and including the date of your last use of the Service, against any or all of the foregoing, regardless of whether any such claims, causes of action, allegations or assertions are known to you or whether any such claims, causes of action, allegations or assertions arose as a result of GFG’s actions or omissions in connection with the Site, INCLUDING ANY CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, ALLEGATIONS OR ASSERTIONS RESULTING FROM GFG’S OWN NEGLIGENCE, except and to the extent (but only to the extent) caused by GFG’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.
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If any part of this user agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion of the agreement will be construed in a manner that is consistent with applicable law, and the remaining portions of the agreement will remain in full force and effect as written. Any failure on the part of GFG to enforce any provision of this user agreement will not be considered a waiver of our right to enforce such provision in the future. GFG’s rights under this user agreement will survive any termination of the agreement.
WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU HEREBY KNOWINGLY, INTENTIONALLY, IRREVOCABLY, UNCONDITIONALLY AND VOLUNTARILY, WITH AND UPON THE ADVICE OF COMPETENT COUNSEL, WAIVE, RELINQUISH AND FOREVER FORGO THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING BASED UPON, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY RELATING TO THE SITE OR THIS USER AGREEEMENT OR ANY CONDUCT, ACT OR OMISSION OF GFG OR ANY OF ITS MANAGERS, OFFICERS, PARTNERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR ATTORNEYS, OR ANY OTHER PERSONS AFFILIATED WITH GFG, IN EACH OF THE FOREGOING CASES, WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE.
We collect “Non-Personal Information” and “Personal Information.” Non-Personal Information includes information that cannot be used to personally identify you, such as anonymous usage data, general demographic information we may collect, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, preferences you submit and preferences that are generated based on the data you submit and number of clicks. Personal Information includes your name and email, which you submit to us through the registration process at the Site. Personal Information also include the content of any e-mails you send from the Service including the names and e-mail addresses of the recipients. These e-mails are accessible to you by accessing the Dashboard feature after you provide your login credentials.
In an effort to improve the quality of the Service, we may track information provided to us by your browser or by our software application when you view or use the Service, such as the website you came from (known as the “referring URL”), the type of browser you use, the device from which you connected to the Service, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you. We may track this information using cookies, or small text files which include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to a user’s browser from our servers and are stored on the user’s computer hard drive. Sending a cookie to a user’s browser enables us to collect Non-Personal information about that user and keep a record of the user’s preferences when utilizing our services, both on an individual and aggregate basis.
The Company may use both persistent and session cookies; persistent cookies remain on your computer after you close your session and until you delete them, while session cookies expire when you close your browser.
In general, the Personal Information you provide to us is used to help us communicate with you. For example, we use Personal Information to contact users in response to questions, solicit feedback from users, provide technical support, and inform users about promotional offers.
III. HOW WE PROTECT INFORMATION
We implement security measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access. Your account is protected by your account password and we urge you to take steps to keep your personal information safe by not disclosing your password and by logging out of your account after each use. We further protect your information from potential security breaches by implementing certain technological security measures including encryption, firewalls and secure socket layer technology. However, these measures do not guarantee that your information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software. By using our Service, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks.
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