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Dec 8, 2021 10:24:59 AM

Financial Planners |

Wondering how to start your financial planning journey in Australia?

Never has financial planning been more important to Australians. As the country emerges from the washout of the COVID-19 pandemic, what is clear to most is that the ways we used to do things, plan things, invest in things is gone.

As the ‘new normal’ emerges, we need to put plans in place to ensure we and our loved ones are better prepared and protected, but also that we take the opportunities in front of us, that to most, are hiding in plain sight.

Why is Personal Financial Planning in Australia so important?

Sure, there are stories in the media – that take up a larger share of voice than they should – about the overnight success stories, Instagram influencers that make millions and enjoy all the trimmings of being rich and famous. But for the rest of us, the other 99%, we need to work.

Personal finances are so important; as individuals, we need to be more objective. We need to treat our finances like a business, and like any business, we need a plan. Why is this so important? You could go through life, getting paid, saving for a house, maybe achieving it, then living until you retire – and then what?

What about life? Life in Australia offers us so much more than working to the bone and just getting by. And even if you are on an average income, by setting a financial plan in place, you can start taking control of your financial future today.

How to start your financial planning journey in Australia?

Thanks to the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, all industry participants – including financial planners – are held to a higher standard, and must be better educated and more accountable for the advice they offer.

In addition, they can’t simply advise clients to take the most profitable products – for themselves – which was standard practice for many planners in the past.

As such, even if you have little to no knowledge of where to start, thanks to the royal commission, you can start with the knowledge that you will be selecting an advisor that has your best interests first.

From here, you need to find a financial planner that your feel comfortable with, as this is not a short-term relationship, it is one that ideally will last a lifetime. Not to mention, when financial planning in Australia, you need to provide a lot of information, some of your most sensitive information in fact, so there needs to be an established trust.

From your personal debt levels, income levels, and family details, through to your will & last testimony, your financial planner will know more about you than many, and the more information they are provided, the better your process and outcomes will be.

Financial planning isn’t just for the wealthy, it isn’t designed to make you wealthy – although it can – it is designed to provide you with a plan to become financially stable, secure and provide freedoms that should you try to simply go it alone unless you are one of the 99% mentioned above, often will never come.

Speak to Walker Capital today about how their financial planners can assist in realising those freedoms sooner.

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Mar 28, 2022 2:24:06 PM

Ellerfield Joins the Walker Capital Private Wealth

Ellerfield Financial Planning Joins Walker Capital Private Wealth


We are pleased to announce that Ellerfield Financial Planning Joins the Walker Capital Private Wealth Group.

Having been one of IOOF’s largest Financial Planners, the Ellerfield team brings not only a great deal of experience but adds great depth to our collective. As such, it is only fitting that Ellerfield Financial Planning will serve as our Queensland State Representative as we look to further expansions within the state.

After vetting a number of Advisers and Adviser Groups for the role, it was Ellerfield Financial Planning’s experience, commitment to client interests and emphasis on ethics that highly resonated with us.

Ellerfield Financial Planning comprises a large team of dedicated Advisers and support staff and is owned and operated by Scott McKeown as CEO and Principal Adviser. Scott brings a unique and sophisticated perspective to Financial Advice having come from a strong 15-year career at Australia’s largest Financial Services Group. Scott expects a high standard from his team and that is reflected in the calibre of his staff and the quality of his service to clients

Ellerfield Financial Planning is an integral strategic partner as we look to increase our service and expansion in financial planning services.

Meet the Ellerfield Financial Planning Team

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Financial Planners Adelaide

Dec 8, 2021 10:40:22 AM

Need a financial planner in Adelaide that you can rely on to help secure your financial future?

With so much insecurity in the world these days, there are steps you can take to secure yourself and your loved ones in the event that any unforeseen circumstance bestows upon you.

From being forced into hotel quarantine on the way home from travels due to being a Covid-19 close contact, through to losing your employment due to changes in working arrangements, you never know how much you need insurance and financial stability until you need it.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, from saving for a home, an investment holiday, retirement or setting up your children for their future – a financial planner in Adelaide is your key to success.

What services do financial planners in Adelaide provide?

A financial planner is like a business planner – they provide a roadmap for your future, achieved at achieving the goals and objectives you set for yourself. Unlike accountants, that we see each year to submit our tax returns, financial planners look forward, they plan and provide advice on the best financial products and services to best meet your specific financial position.

In recent times, financial planner is different to what they were only a few years ago, as they are not required to be post-graduate qualified, as well as required to complete yearly ‘compulsory professional development’ (CPD). This was brought about due to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

This has not only removed the unscrupulous operators that gave the industry a bad name, but also requires a higher standard of service, transparency, accountability, and rights for clients.

Why should I see a financial planner in Adelaide?

As previously mentioned, a financial planner has the expertise and is qualified to provide you advice on a wide range of products – these include superannuation (managed or self-managed), insurances – such as income protection, life insurance etc, estate planning, planning for retirement, savings, investment instruments and more.

If you are in Adelaide and are thinking that your life circumstances are due to change in any way, then booking a financial planning appointment should be high on your to-do list.

Get your finances sorted with an Adelaide-based financial planner

From setting up savings accounts and insurance in case of a ‘rainy day’, while also setting up Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF’s), investment accounts and investment plans based on current and future earning capacity to provide you and your family with the financial security you crave, so you can focus on the important things.

Seeing a financial planner in Adelaide should be something that you do regularly, no matter what your earning capacity nor your current financial situation. They are experts at looking at where you are now, where you want to do and will recommend the products and strategies to get you there.

Why not take the guesswork out of your finances, and call a financial planner in Adelaide today, book an appointment and see what a difference a plan can make to your future.

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Financial Planners Canberra

Dec 8, 2021 10:34:01 AM

Need to find a financial planning specialist in Canberra to help plan your future?

As the nation’s capital comes back to life post the COVID-19 Pandemic, there has never been a more important time to speak with a financial planner.

As the pandemic taught many of us, we must always be prepared to ‘expect for the unexpected. For many people, the pandemic offered huge opportunities. Opportunities in property, the share market, in their personal and professional lives. Meanwhile, for others, it resulted in losses. Losses of businesses, homes, and family units.

The former, those who had opportunities, had the financial stability, and means to take or make opportunities – and that is what financial planners in Canberra are trained and able to do.

Thinking that financial planners are not really something on your radar?

Financial planning has copped a bad wrap in recent years, in large part thanks to the large banks and institutions operating in ways that the industry should not.

With the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry changing all that, financial planners who are not qualified, are no longer in the profession, financial planners who have done the wrong thing, are no longer in the profession and those that are left – are required to offer the very highest quality products and services to you as customers.

How does financial planning work?

Unlike you accountants visit, which for most people is once or twice around tax time, a financial plan is something that you and your planner work on, cultivate and iterate as your circumstances change.

From being single with an income, through to a couple with two incomes, a family, and then maybe single again, or just two of you leading towards retirement – your Canberra financial planner is there for you every step of the way.

Setting up the goals and objectives is the first point, but these are based on your current and future earning capacity, how many years you must work, how much you can invest and importantly…how much risk can you and your family tolerate.

From here, your financial planner will present a set of products and services that provide a solution within your specific parameters and that ensure that if anything happens to cause a deviation in that plan – either positive such as a bonus, better paying job or receiving some inheritance – or negative – such as loss of job, injury or even death – that your plan and financial security of you and your loved ones are secure.

Need to find a financial planning specialist in Canberra to help plan your future?

The key is a consistent and continuous approach to your financial planning. Residents of Canberra understand the importance of having available funds, and it’s not simply for the wealthy.

Financial Planning is for anyone who wants to sleep easy at night knowing that they have money, investments and insurance that will keep them and their families safe and comfortable now and into the future.

Speak to a Financial Planner today in Canberra to find out the next steps of your financial journey – it’s never too late (or too early) to start.

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