Managing your finances in the most effective way is an ongoing process that we share.
My comprehensive wealth planning process is split into five distinct stages designed to help you identify your key goals and objectives and then help you to achieve these by managing your finances in the most effective way. This process, and how we go about achieving this can be seen below.
1. Initial Meeting
The initial meeting is all about getting to know you. During the meeting, I will talk with you about your goals and objectives, and confirm whether I am able to help you achieve these. At this stage, it is important that I fully understand your current financial position, relationships and your attitude to investment risk. I will also consider your tax position and take details of any existing investments and policies which you may have. Before undertaking any financial planning on your behalf, I will first confirm how my fees and charges work by issuing a bespoke Terms of Business document. I will then confirm that you agree to this prior to proceeding.
2. Financial Plan
I will gather full details of your existing investments and policies to review their performance and cost effectiveness. I will then confirm my understanding of your goals and objectives and prepare an outline plan of actions to be taken in order for these to be achieved. My financial advice will include suitable asset allocation as well as appropriate tax wrappers.
Crucial to the success of any financial planning strategy is ensuring that both parties have a clear picture of where you are today. This is delivered through the production of a personalised ‘Fact Find’, which confirms your current financial situation including a detailed analysis of your income and expenditure, and cashflow. This process identifies any gaps between your stated goals and your current situation, encompasses a thorough analysis of your existing financial arrangements, as well as of your short, medium and long term financial planning objectives. The Fact Find identifies the steps that need to be taken to enable you to achieve your financial and life-style vision.
Once we have agreed what action needs to be taken, I will research and recommend the specific financial solutions and investments required to fulfil the objectives in your Wealth Plan. I will provide you with a detailed Suitability Report outlining the recommended financial solutions (tax wrappers, protection arrangements) and reasons why they meet your requirements.
Having met with you to discuss the Suitability Report and agree upon the recommended solutions, the final stage of the process is to implement the recommendations, thereby, establishing the recommended financial planning and investment strategy.
5. Ongoing Review
In order to ensure your plans stay on track I recommend they should be reviewed, at least annually, with myself. I will schedule a meeting with you at least yearly (more frequently if you desire) to review your position and re-evaluate whether the implemented strategy remains appropriate to your current goals, needs and priorities. If necessary, I will make recommendations for any changes which may need to be made.
- We agree the ongoing governance service to be provided and corresponding fee through a bespoke client agreement.