A financial adviser (or advisor) is a professional who renders financial services to clients. According to the U.S. FINRA describes the main groups of investment professionals who may use the term financial advisor to be:brokers, investment advisers, accountants, lawyers, insurance agents and financial planners.
Financial advisors typically provide clients/customers with financial products and services, depending on the licenses they hold and the training they have had. For example, an insurance agent may be qualified to sell both life insurance and variable annuities. A broker may also be a financial planner. A financial advisor may create financial plans for clients or sell financial products, or a combination of both.