Pool Cues

A really fine cue could set you back thousands of dollars, although at some point you are paying for decoration and not playability.

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Ornate Or Simple Cue?
Decorations increase the price, but not the playability, of your cue. In fact, the natural wood feel can be lessened if too many inlays or other modifications are added to the cue stick.

A pretty design, however, makes a player confident and may give you an added boost. I feel more “psyched” to play shooting with an attractive cue.

Hard Or Soft Tip? Tip Width?
A soft tip provides added feel through the shot; a harder tip lasts longer on the stick and retains its rounded shape better. Most pros opt for a hard or very hard tip unless a repairman is handy always to replace their tip.

11-14 millimeters is the legal range of cue tip sizes for American pool. Most beginners need or want 13 mm, with 12-12½ mm for stubbier fingers or as a matter of preference after some experience has been gained.

Choose A Tip Material

Heavy, Medium Or Lightweight Cue?
A 20- or 21-ounce cue stays on line longer and is recommend for beginners. It may also be easier for the beginner to get added spin from the added mass of the cue, but beware, miscues and unwanted english are also enhanced by heavy pool cues!

Wrap Type For Grip? Balance Point?
Most cues have an Irish linen or nylon wrap, providing a more pleasant feel than plain wood, others use leather or an exotic wrap. Beginners should test for a preference of nylon or linen before buying. If you perspire excessively, leather may be best for moisture absorption.

Find where you can balance a cue you are examining on two fingertips only. Remember where this spot is located and shoot different cues to see whether you like a balance point toward the rear or forward.

Flip a cue upside down and remove the rubber bumper. Most cues have weight inserted in the butt to be changed to alter the weight and balance.

Brand Name Stick Or True Custom Cue?
Nearby my home, Russ Sill of Gainesville, Florida and Chris Nitti of Orlando are famed for quality cues made to a customer’s every whim, by hand, and for a reasonable price. Other fine cuemakers are located worldwide. Or you might select a catalog model from a mass production house like McDermott Pool Cues, Mali or Helmstetter and still enjoy a fine cue for a low price.

Save money and make your first cue or two a mass production model for around $100, until you get a better feel for what options you need and want.

Joint Structure?
A busted joint will ruin the enjoyment of your cue. Longer lasting screws (on the male end of the joint) are generally larger, with wider joint threads, than their weaker counterparts.

Color Scheme And Case?
A bright, ornate cue may be fun for you—or it may draw unwanted attention at your local pool hall. Any color of the rainbow is available as a shaft or butt stain from most cuemakers.

Protect your cue (and innocent passerby from the pointy ends) with a hard or soft cue case. The softer the case, the lighter the weight, but the less protection for the cue.

Financial Advisor

A Financial Advisor is a professional who provides specialized financial services and advice to individuals, businesses, and governments. These services can include investment advice such as pension planning, portfolio review, and asset allocation. They can also include insurance sales, estate planning, and retirement plan administration.

This financial professional is simply someone who helps the investor meet their financial goals and obligations. Unless the investor provides the advisor investment discretion, the investor will maintain control of assets at all times. Most advisors are bound by a legal fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the client at all times.

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Financial Advisors will use investment vehicles such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, and futures to help meet the needs of the client. The types of investment services provided are based around the risk tolerance, financial history, income requirements, and other determinants that the client specifies.

These professionals are compensated in a few different ways. The growing trend in compensation includes fee-only advisors. A fee-only investment advisor charges a percentage of the assets that the client has managed. So, for example, if a client wants the advisor to manage $100,000 and the advisor charges 1% of assets, then the fee would be $1000 per year. Other advisors are known as fee-based advisors. This is an older way of compensation which includes both fees and commissions.

How to Hire a Financial Advisor

Just like anything else, all advisors are not created equally. Follow the steps below when hiring a new professional for the first time.

Ask the advisor who they are, exactly what services they provide, and exactly how they are compensated.

Ask them if they are affiliated with a Broker/Dealer. A broker/dealer will usually have less responsibility to their clients and are more interested in generating commissions. It is best to hire an independent investment advisor who has no association with anyone. This will ensure objectivity when the advisor is helping you meet your goals.

If you are interviewing a financial advisor that is both a stockbroker and investment advisor, make sure that they make it clear in what capacity you will be served. Investment advisors are held to a much higher standard. You should generally seek to be served by an investment advisor when seeking financial advice.

Ask the financial advisor about their typical types of clients. See if they can provide some general feedback about how they help their clients.

Figure out who their competitors are and in what ways they are better.

Inquire about how progress will be measured and what the goals of the advisor will be for your account.

The first place you should look when searching for a financial advisor is to your family and friends. They will provide you with the most honest feedback.

If possible, look for a financial advisor who is constantly continuing their education. Financial regulations are constantly changing and an educated advisor will provide better advice.

Where to find a Financial Advisor

When searching around for a financial advisor, it is best to search in your local area. Local advisors will understand the needs of the local community and have a better insight when providing advice.

Large corporations, while very well known, may not be the best choice for you. Lots of times they are restricted to offering certain types of advice. Other times, they may be just too busy to provide you with the level of service that you deserve.