For most investment-seekers, when choosing investments, risk versus return is the primary concern. Every investor knows what their risk tolerance is. The challenge is identifying investments that satisfy return expectations, while also meeting their threshold for risk. It is a delicate, precarious balance.
In an effort to find investments that meet their criteria for investing, investors will sift through investment testimonials, interviews, and books, to uncover hidden gems of knowledge. These sources of information (often) provide insightful, first-hand accounts that help investment-seekers choose their best options. The only danger to this approach is that some fund and money managers may share bias reviews. These can misinform and misguide the investment community. Without a doubt, this adds to the risk of investing.
Sadly, sometimes financial advisers will try to influence the decision of investors by using defamation, libel, and slander, to make other investments look less appealing than their own. I came across a post earlier from Alexis Assadi that introduced a conspiracy theory – without any substantive proof, and in doing so, he used his influence to intentionally create a sense of doubt in investment-seekers. This is especially troublesome if the adviser has not invested in the opportunity him/herself.
The whole point of penning a review is to share one’s individual experience; it is not a place for fiction or rhetoric. The author’s intention should be to help others make better, more educated decisions, and not intended to be harmful or misleading in any way. If it is not an honest perspective, then in my mind the review is of little to no value whatsoever.
Investors should look for reviews and testimonials from investment advisers who have first-hand experience with the offer they are reviewing. Otherwise, fund and money managers are sharing their personal opinion as fact, and are misleading the investment community. This can create confusion for investors who are trying to balance their risk and reward.