Meet our clients living the ‘healthy wealthy happy’ life today
What were their challenges?
Luke and Kiera were planning to relocate to build new home, with plans to retire in 5 years, but were unsure about accessing Centrelink benefits once they became eligible.
What did they overcome?
We worked on how to fund their new home build. That also left us with what to do with excess funds once they sold their existing home, preparing for retirement for Luke considering a move to part-time or to completely stop work.
How did I help?
I facilitated a construction loan for their new home build and helped manage the process to ensure funds were available so that the build was not unnecessarily delayed. We now have a comprehensive plan for their transition to retirement, and I walked them through the various scenarios comparing part-time to stopping work completely.
I was a sounding board for considering the various options, offering up the pros and cons. Once the plan was decided upon, I helped them adjust along the way.
Now Luke is finally stopping work and we are ready for the next phase to apply for a partial Centrelink benefit to supplement income from their retirement savings. This will help the longevity of their savings, reduce their living expenses and provide more options for the future.
What did they learn that I can share?
Having a sounding board helps work through the multitude of options available to figure out what works best for you. Accessing Centrelink is beneficial but should not be the sole determinant of your retirement strategy.
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The amount of super you’ll need when you retire depends on your big costs in retirement and the lifestyle you want. The Associate of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) estimates for a single $44,224 a year and for couples $62,562 a year is how much you may need. This is only an indicator and our advisers assess everyone’s individual circumstances.
The fees we charge for financial advice is only a fraction of the value we derive for our clients, meaning our clients are always better off after seeing us. Rarely do we encounter a new client invested appropriately for their needs, with adequate risk protection, structuring and estate planning provisions in place. Even small tweaks to a financial plan over a long period of time can result in drastically better outcomes for our clients which eclipses the fees of the financial advice. Additionally, you can opt-out of an ongoing fee arrangement at any time.
In our discovery meeting with you our advisers discuss the initial advice fee and the ongoing fees associated with our services.
After our initial phone call to discuss why you are seeking a financial adviser, we arrange a discovery meeting that outlines what is important to you, your current position, our areas of advice, our approach. We then present a Statement of Advice (SoA) to discuss your goals and our recommendations and go through the steps of how to proceed to the implementation stage. After signing the SoA, we discuss your questions, get you to sign the authority to proceed and complete any application forms before implementing the recommendations detailed in the SoA.
One thing to consider is the interest rate on your home loan in comparison to the rate of return on your super fund. Before making a decision, it’s also important to weigh up your stage in life, particularly your age and your appetite for risk. Whatever strategy you choose you’ll need to regularly review your options if you’re making regular voluntary super contributions or extra mortgage repayments. As bank interest rates move and markets fluctuate, the strategy you choose today may be different from the one that is right for you in the future
We know the impact of good holistic financial advice can make and we have the life experience, technical capability and quality support team that can make that difference for you. We’ve empowered over 1000 families through the delivery of great financial advice, to be healthy, wealthy and happy.
We believe the true value of financial advice isn’t found in dollars and cents (although this is important too!) but in the peace of mind a financial plan can provide. It’s knowing where you want to go and how to get there, with a dedicated team behind you every step of the way.