Benefits of using a Financial Adviser
It is commonly assumed that seeking financial advice is for the wealthy, and it only helps the rich become richer, yet financial advice can prove useful to anyone who wishes to better their financial future. Financial advice is like getting a health check-up for your financial situation. Your financial adviser is like your personal trainer, assisting you in achieving your best possible financial health. Seeking professional financial advice provides you with a clear path to achieve your financial goals, and that is an investment worth making.
Financial advice may be your best investment! Imagine a couple in their early 30s who started investing in the share market in 2019 to save for their children’s private school fees over the next 10 years. Their shares dropped by 35% during the March 2020 market crash caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. They panicked and sold their shares, incurring a loss. However, a good financial adviser would explain the risks, provide examples from their experience, and probably would have advised them to hold the course because theirs was a 10-year long term plan. Within a year, the share markets recovered and are now higher than ever.
Financial advice isn’t only about investing your money in the share market. Want to save to buy your first home? Want to protect your children in case of your death? Want to enjoy a comfortable retirement? Don’t understand what to do with your super or how to invest in the share market? Think of a financial adviser as a one-stop shop for most of your financial issues in life.
Come to think of it, be it your parents telling you to save money from your first job or an Instagram ‘finfluencer’ explaining the benefits of compound interest while dancing to a trendy song, these are all informal pieces of financial advice you receive throughout your lifetime.
However, a professional adviser can legally provide holistic advice by reviewing your entire financial situation and your risk-taking capacity to recommend an appropriate investment portfolio. Also, an adviser’s investment recommendations are based on research which can give you comfort over your decisions rather than constantly worrying about the investment you made based on your work colleague’s stock ‘tip’.
The true value of financial advice is much more than tips you receive or comparing the fees you pay against the performance of your investments, or the tax saved on your income. Financial advice can also be useful at certain stages in your life, like when you’re starting a family, being retrenched, planning for retirement, or managing an inheritance.
A financial adviser can be a sounding board for your financial ideas, a resource to answer the simplest or most complex of queries, provide research-backed recommendations, and guide you over the long term based on their experience. Your day to day job may not allow you to focus on the financial aspect of your life. In contrast, your financial adviser’s primary daily responsibility is to help you handle your finances efficiently. A financial adviser can help you set financial goals, so you feel confident that your future plans are achievable.
So, are you ready for your financial check-up? Take the first step and book an appointment with one of our financial advisers at one of our offices located in Central Queensland today. (We have offices in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay)
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Posted on October 6th, 2021