If your advisor has decided to own individual stocks rather than either mutual funds or ETFs (Exchanged Trade Funds) for your portfolio, I think you need to ask Why?  To justify the fees he is charging is a cynical (and likely truthful) answer.

The costs to do it well.

Large firms spend large sums of money to hire analysts specializing on understanding the drivers of an industry, the key players within it, the subtlety of a management team’s focus and drive.  As I was one of those guys, I traveled quite a bit to meet face to face

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