Although the terms are familiar, there is a big difference between the types of service your Financial Planner will provide, compared to the work a financial adviser will carry out for you.
Financial Advice relates to the specific task that your planner or advisor will carry out for you. Types of tasks might include providing Investment Advice, arranging an Individual Savings Account or your pension. It addresses the specific needs you have now, not looking into the future. This type of advice can be provided by an independent financial adviser, or a restricted adviser. Restricted advisers can recommend one or a limited number of product providers. Banks and Building Societies usually offer restricted advice.
Financial Planning addresses your long term objectives, dreams hopes and desires for the future, and how you can achieve this. A good financial planner will help you develop a long term financial plan that is continually reviewed and adjusted according to your change in circumstances. The plan should show you what you need to do, to make sure your dreams and wishes come true.
Any long term financial plan should also include an analysis of your income and expenditure (not just now but in the future), your assets and liabilities, your thoughts and feeling about investing as well as your short medium and long term objectives.
A good financial planner should show you how to reduce risk. Whether to yourself, your family, your assets (for example investments, pensions, business and property.
A planner that offers a comprehensive service will work closely with their clients to help them live the life they want not just now, but in the future.
Addressing issues such as never running out of money and maintaining your standard of living in retirement. A cautious and prudent approach to managing your money is at the heart of any good financial plan.
Less than ten years to retirement
For some clients the service advisers carry out will be sufficient. However the closer you get to retirement, arguably you should have plans in place to ensure you finances are mapped out. If you feel that you need a financial plan, always contact your financial planner or adviser. They should be able to help, if not then find one that can help you.
We have developed our Lifestyle financial planning service over the last five years. It is specifically designed to help clients that are within ten years of retirement. If you would like to find out more about our service please contact us.