Previous articles in this series, which are based on research conducted by Vanguard Investments Pty Ltd, show that a financial planner adds around 3% to what would be the expected return of an investment portfolio. In other words, they provide the expertise and time needed to help you attain your retirement goals and they can help cover their costs at the same time.
However, more research from the Vanguard Investments stable focuses on the significance of the age of 53.
53 is when most of the costs of parenthood are on the decline, a cause for great celebration, but, sadly, it seems declining also is our 'financial capability'. This research has it’s fair share of confusing terms and definitions such as 'crystalised intelligence' (‘wisdom’ to you and I), 'fluid intelligence' (which peaks, unfortunately, in our early 20's); and 'financial capability'.
When all this is mixed together and the graphs and charts have been drawn the result is that 'the peak age for financial decision-making is…53!'. Ouch!!, and at a time when most of us need the opposite to be true, ‘c'est la vie’.
While many of us are still capable, this research indicate that after we reach 53 another benefit of employing the expertise of a financial planning practice is that their input is provided when we need it the most. That is, during the final 10 year run up to retirement, when there's still time to generate the retirement outcomes you want.
The following are some of the big decisions to be made around the age of 53.
• How do we make the transition to retirement?
• How do we structure our finances to generate an income and deliver capital gains?
• How do we maximise our government entitlements?
• What tax issues need to be considered?
• Will we have enough given our current financial position?
These are big decisions and when relying on your own resources, it’s worth remembering that sometimes we just don’t know, what we don’t know!
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For more than 20 years, Sam has been a financial planner helping individuals and families achieve their financial planning goals, by providing advice on Investment Planning; Insurance Planning; Tax Planning; Retirement Planning; and Estate Planning. Working with a network of highly skilled professionals in Sydney he is dedicated to providing high-quality advice and integrated wealth management solutions that simplify and enhance the quality of his clients' lives.
Sam established his own firm in 1997 and has overseen its steady development and growth. Attention to detail, good listening skills and great empathy are symbols of his appreciation by his clients. He has built long-term relationships with his growing client base and aims to provide excellent customer service.
Sam began his financial planning career in 1993 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991. Since this time he has accumulated many professional qualifications such as:
Sam has volunteered with the Cancer Council of NSW and can be seen almost every year volunteering or participating in the 7 bridges walk.
Away from the business, he enjoys spending weekends with his son. He is also a football (soccer) tragic and is a massive Chelsea FC fan.
Having worked for national financial planning companies in the past, George has extensive experience in the provision of advice in risk insurance, investments and retirement planning and is focused on forming long-term relationships with his clients.
George has been awarded a Masters of Commerce (Financial Planning) and a Bachelor of Commerce through University of Western Sydney as well as having the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
Jane Lim is a friendly character with a bubbly personality. She has the unique ability of making complex information sound simple and easy to digest.
Jane entered the financial services industry in 2006, and worked with big blue-chip financial companies such as Count Financial Limited and AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd.
She holds a Master's degree in Applied Finance through Macquarie University, and she is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Being a self-confessed "tennis nut", Jane spends many weeknights in the tennis court, and is a frequent member of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs Tennis Competition.
Being a highly motivated professional, Jane is always eager to help her clients on a wide range of financial planning needs.
Paul has been a financial planner for over 15 years helping individuals and families successfully achieve their financial planning goals. He is very focused on building successful long-term harmonious relationships with his clients.
He provides a holistic approach on various aspects of financial advice encompassing areas such as Investment Planning; Insurance Planning; Tax Planning; Retirement Planning and has extensive experience and knowledge in these fields.
Paul's professional qualifications are:
Away from his professional life, he enjoys spending his time with his family doing various activities such as coaching his son and taking him to games. He is a very avid sports fan and a cricket enthusiast.
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Christian joined Capitalwise as Client Services Manager, with backgrounds in both customer service and administration.
Christian is passionate in providing excellent customer service by being attentive to client’s need as well as being able to circumnavigate challenges.
He holds a Master's degree in Commerce specialising in Marketing through the University of New South Wales.
Volunteering is one of his delights in life, where he had spent time being involved with the Centre for Volunteering, St Vincent de Paul's Society, and Sculpture by the Sea in a variety of positions.
Jenny is a University of New South Wales graduate who joined the team as an Administration Assistant. She is keen to put her customer service and organisational skills to use, making sure day to day operations run as smoothly as possible.
Outside of work, Jenny focuses her efforts on karate and ice hockey. She can often be found coaching and practicing karate at her alma mater. The rest of her time is spent at one of Sydney’s many ice rinks playing, practicing, or officiating ice hockey.
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