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What does a financial adviser do?

Chris Morcom
Partner/Private Client Adviser
30 Sep 2018

With such a large percentage (some 8 out of 10) of people in Australia not seeking advice from a financial planner, one of the questions that comes to mind is, do you need a financial adviser?

Maybe this question is best answered by posing another question. What does a financial planner or financial adviser actually do for their clients?

I cannot speak for all advisers but as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) I subscribe to the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Australia’s six step process.  A good financial planner will:

  1. Firstly, find out about you and your needs and make sure they can meet them.  You can also ask them about their background, their ethics and how they charge. It’s also worth checking if they’re independent financial advisers (not subject to any third party influence or commissions) or aligned with a larger institution.
  2. Work with you to clearly define your short and longer term financial goals.  Understanding your goals is one of the most important steps you can take on the road to financial freedom.
  3. Get an understanding of your current situation – what you own, what you owe, any existing insurance or investments plus any tax arrangements you may have in place.
  4. Provide you with advice in relation to financial planning strategies, products and services – all focussed towards the achievement of your goals and dreams.  Your financial planner will document these recommendations in a comprehensive report called a Statement of Advice.  You should read this document thoroughly and ensure you understand all the recommendations contained within.
  5. Help you implement the recommendations they have given you.  They may also need to work with your other professional advisers such as your accountant and solicitor to ensure those with appropriate skills and qualifications are working for you.
  6. Provide you with an opportunity to regularly review your strategies to ensure you remain on track.  Your life circumstances will change and your strategies and plans will need to be updated in light with these changes.

Now that you know what a financial planner does, you can reflect on the value they may provide to your situation.  If you want to make sure you’re on track financially and live the life you desire then meeting with a financial adviser may be a great first step.

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Hewison Private Wealth is a Melbourne based independent financial planning firm. Our financial advisers are highly qualified wealth managers and specialise in self managed super funds (SMSF), financial planning, retirement planning advice and investment portfolio management. If you would like to speak to a financial adviser on how you can secure your financial future please contact us 03 8548 4800, email info@hewison.com.au or visit www.hewison.com.auPlease note: The advice provided above is general information only and individuals should seek specialised advice from a qualified financial advisor. The views in this blog are those of the individual and may not represent the general opinion of the firm. Please contact Hewison Private Wealth for more information.