Some people may think that a financial adviser’s role is to forecast the direction of the share market from month to month and invest clients’ money accordingly.
This is not the reality, of course. Investments are only one small part of what your financial adviser can provide for you.
Consider for a moment the number of websites, newsprint and broadcast time dedicated to financial topics these days. Australians seem to have an insatiable appetite for understanding finance.
Whether it’s the latest share market activity, economic news or the constantly changing tax and superannuation rules, a licenced financial adviser can help answer your burning questions and save you the hassle of finding it yourself.
Usually, the benefit you receive from a financial adviser can be spelt out in dollar terms. It might be the income tax you have saved by re-structuring your salary, or a new concession from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) or Centrelink that you didn’t know you could get.
The finance section of your newspaper or online magazine probably includes a regular “advice” or “Q & A” column. By law, these columns must warn readers that the advice does not consider your personal situation or needs, and you should consider its appropriateness before acting.
In setting your financial strategy, a good financial adviser will take the time to get to know you and your circumstances. This means that everything recommended to you—the investment portfolio, super contribution strategies, savings plans and insurance advice—is tailored to your personal needs, goals, and tolerance to risk.
As the years go by, your financial strategies will need adjusting due to changes in the broader environment or something closer to home. Whatever the case, your adviser is there to help you make the most of the good times and the bad.
And a regular financial review doesn’t always mean major changes, but at least you’ll know that you’re on the right track – and not having to do it alone.
Quality, knowledgeable advice is critical, and wherever you are on your financial path, now is always the best time to talk to us.
The information provided in this article is general in nature only and does not constitute personal financial advice.