“It’s not how much money you make but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for” Robert Kiyosaki on why people benefit from professional financial advice.
This is what I aim to do, to help you make good decisions about your money – providing clear information to help you achieve your financial goals.
I am part of 2plan wealth management which is a national advisory firm consisting of Independent Financial Advisers and mortgage and protection specialists.
Being independent is part of what makes me different. It’s the reason I am free to advise you about products from the entire financial marketplace. I don’t act on behalf of any bank or insurance company. So my recommendations are solely about what’s right for you.
Working with 2plan also allows me to offer you all the benefits of a bigger organisation, such as the latest technology, greater financial strength, and the reassurance of a team of experts helping me to get things right first time.
For a conversation about your financial plans, why not get in touch today?
Remember, any product, any provider. No restrictions.
I have many years experience of successful financial practice. I advise clients on a wide range of products, helping them to navigate through their financial journey and achieve their aims – from their first mortgage, right through into retirement and all the investment decisions along the way.
Of course, every client is unique, and so my approach is entirely personal; the aim is to get to know each individual and understand what’s important to them. As a 2plan adviser I have excellent relationships with professional firms such as accountants, solicitors and estate agents meaning that you can also benefit from a network of trusted professionals.
In addition, it’s very important for you to be aware of the significant changes that have taken place over the last few years across the financial services sector. In particular, that each regulated financial adviser now has to hold much higher levels of qualification than ever before. In addition to passing the new exams, we must also hold a current “Statement of Professional Standing” (SPS Certificate). This not only indicates that we have signed up to a code of ethics but also that we have completed at least 35 hours of professional training each year, to stay up to date with changes in the industry, taxation and regulation. My SPS Certificate provides positive re-assurance to my clients that not only am I authorised by our Regulator (The Financial Conduct Authority) but also appropriately qualified and up to date.
Give me a call when you’re ready to talk about your personal financial needs.
As an Independent Financial Adviser I am not tied to any particular provider and can advise you on products from across the whole market. I will always take a rounded view of the options – considering factors such as charges, customer service and financial resilience. This means I will offer the most suitable solutions for your individual needs and circumstances.
Because I'm backed by an experienced and knowledgeable team of financial planning and IT specialists at 2plan, you can enjoy complete peace of mind – safe in the knowledge that you have industry-leading expertise working for you.
We all dream of winning the lottery. But what are your odds when it comes to accidents or illness?
Unfortunately, the chances of long-term absence from work are higher than you might think
8% risk of death before 65.
16% risk of suffering a serious illness.
32% risk of being unable to work for 2 months or more.
Life cover is the most popular cover but premature death isn't the biggest risk we face during our working lives.
We're all natural optimists, but even a little bit of income protection could make your finances less of a gamble.
Source: LV= risk reality calculator May 2015, based on a male non-smoker aged 30.
By including assets with investment returns that move up and down under different market conditions, an investor can protect against significant losses within a portfolio. Historically, the returns from the major asset classes have not moved up and down at the same time, so by investing in more than one asset type, you'll reduce the risk of losing money and your portfolio's overall investment returns should have a smoother ride.
Time Horizon - the number of years, or decades you will be investing to achieve a particular financial goal can make a significant difference. If you think about it, an investor with a longer time horizon may feel more comfortable taking on a riskier, or more volatile investment because they can ride out the inevitable ups and downs of our markets. Risk Tolerance – being prepared to lose some or all of your original investment in exchange for greater potential returns. An aggressive investor, is more likely to risk losing money in order to obtain better long term results, whereas a cautious investor, tends to favour investments that try to preserve the original investment.
The actual process of determining which mix of assets to hold in your portfolio is a very personal one. The asset allocation that works best for you at any given point in your life will depend largely on your time horizon and your ability to tolerate any potential losses. We have developed cutting-edge psychometric risk profiling software to make sure we help you make the right decision.
Figures from HSBC show that the average retirement in the UK is expected to last 19 years, but the average person's retirement savings will last for just seven years.
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the median value of private pensions in the UK stands around £57,000. As most people take out the 25% tax free cash of £14,250 this would only leave enough for a guaranteed income of around £127pm*. Whilst most people tend to spend less money in retirement, £127pm is around 6% of the current national average earnings.
* Based upon a male and female aged 65 with benefits escalating at 3% and provision for a 50% spouses pension
What on earth is pound cost ravaging? It's the name given to the effect on your pension pot when you withdraw capital in a falling market. By taking regular withdrawals whilst the market is falling, the financial implications for your retirement pot can be dramatic, you only have to get a few years of bad returns in the early years of your retirement and it may be almost impossible to recover, even though the longer term average returns from your investments may remain strong.
You must remember that you're effectively selling your assets when they are worth less. This is because when the price of each unit that you hold is lower more need to be sold in order to reach your required level of income. Unfortunately, most savers simply assume that if they select a modest level of regular income, regardless as to what happens in the markets, that they'll be able to carry on indefinitely. In reality, taking regular withdrawals in times of market stress can destroy the health of your pension pot and therefore, investors must regularly adjust their retirement plan and investment strategy to avoid the real risk of running out of money whilst retired.
For many people, buying a home will be the largest single investment they make, it's a huge financial commitment that no one can afford to get wrong. Making the wrong decision can be a very expensive mistake. Moreover, trying to pick the best deal from the vast ranges available from hundreds of lenders can seem almost impossible and even if you find a good deal, you may not know whether you will be accepted – especially as lending criteria often vary considerably.
Whether you are a first time buyer, moving home, looking to re-mortgage or purchase a second property, it is crucial that you only consider a mortgage that's right for you and this is where an independent mortgage adviser helps by searching the market on your behalf to source the right deal based on your personal circumstances and budget. We will also discuss the various options, such as fixed, tracker, discounted, variable and offset and of course the different ways in which you will repay your mortgage.
All of this is essential, as your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Source: moneyfacts.co.uk as of 29/02/16
Source: iRess, Trigold as of 01/03/16
An international HSBC study, The Future of Retirement, in 2011 showed that those with financial plans accumulated nearly 250% more retirement savings than those without a financial plan in place. Furthermore, nearly 44% of those who have a financial plan in place save more money each year for retirement.
FOCUS on plans, not retirement
Research by David Blanchett and Paul Kaplan of Morningstar, in their article "Alpha, Beta and now...Gamma", has attempted to quantify into real numbers the value that financial advisers can provide. Their research shows that advisers help individuals generate roughly 1.82% excess return each year, creating roughly 29% higher retirement income wealth. This means even if an adviser is charging a 1% fee a year for the management of assets, the financial advice still has a huge impact on generating additional wealth.
As independent advisers, our success depends on building successful long term relationships with clients. Honesty, integrity, good service, going the extra mile - these are the things we believe matter to you, and these are the guiding principles that underpin our approach to business.
2plan wealth management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. It is entered on the Financial Services Register (www.fca.org.uk) under reference 461598.
Registered address: 3rd Floor, Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BZ, Registered in England Number: 05998270
Openwork Holdings Ltd owns 75% of the share capital of 2plan Group Ltd, 2plan wealth management Ltd's parent company. Openwork Holdings Ltd's ultimate parent company is Zurich Financial Services.
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Of course, I always strive to provide a service that meets your needs. But if I fall short of your expectations, I'd prefer to hear about it – so I can put things right.
If you need to take things further, you can register a complaint by writing to: 2plan wealth management Ltd 3rd Floor, Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5BZ - or by telephone on 0113 3021369.
You may also be able to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Their contact details are:
The Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR. Tel: 0800 023 4567.