Understanding financial advice

Understanding financial advice

Understanding financial advice

How advice can help you own your tomorrow

What are your financial goals?

Your financial goals are unique to you. Whether you’re thinking about taking your finances to the next step or planning for retirement, there’s help available. A financial adviser can put a fresh perspective on your current financial position and what it will take to achieve your goals.

 The value of advice

We think an adviser is like a personal coach for your money. They bring the right knowledge, expertise and guidance to identify your specific goals and help you achieve them. And a little planning early on can go a long way.

Watch our video to see the stories of how people identify the need for financial advice, the kinds of recommendations they receive and how they benefit.

 How can an adviser help you?

To help you get whatever you want out of life, it’s good to keep track of where you are and where you want to be. An adviser can help you:

  • budget and manage your money
  • choose the right investment strategy
  • plan for your retirement
  • protect you and your family
  • make the most of your superannuation.

What does an adviser need to know?

The first time you meet with an adviser, they’ll want to know about you, your life and your finances. They need to understand your current situation and your goals, so they can provide you with tailored advice.

They may want to know about:

  • you—your age, how healthy you are and how many children you may have
  • your business—how long has it been running, how has it been performing and how much does it cost to run.
  • your super and insurance details
  • your income and expenses—your income, your family’s income, any future income, any inheritance, your day-to-day expenses and your future expenses
  • your investments—current and planned investments, assets and liabilities
  • your tax situation—tax paid and tax owed.

Your adviser will take this information and come back to you with personalised advice. It’s then up to you to decide how you’d like to use their recommendations.

Get the most out of your advice

Your adviser will summarise their recommendations based on their analysis of the information you’ve provided them. They’ll give you a document called a statement of advice (SOA). The advice they give is just that—recommendations, and you need to decide if you want to go through with them.

Financial advice shouldn’t end with the handover of an SOA. Go through your advice and ask your adviser any additional questions you have.

  • Do you understand the advantages and disadvantages of their advice?
  • Do you believe they have carefully gone through your information and provided you with tailored advice?
  • Have different alternatives been identified?
  • Has the adviser taken your risk tolerance into consideration?

If your adviser has recommended any products as part of their advice, they’ll provide you with the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for these products. The PDS outlines the features and charges of the product. It’s recommended you review this in detail at home and only agree to take on the product, if you understand the advantages, and any disadvantages, of switching or adding the new product.

Get informed before seeing an adviser

Some insight into wealth management can go a long way. With a better understanding of some financial aspects that apply to your life stage, you can make the most of your adviser’s recommendations.

Learn more about ways to:

Take the first step towards your financial future. 

If you need help with personalised advice on financial planning, be it wealth strategies or protection for you or your family, or a need to discuss your present or future retirement options give us a call today on 03 6343 1007.  

Alternatively send us a message or simply book an appointment now with one of our qualified financial planners on our online booking service at a mutually acceptable time.

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