In October I will be celebrating having spent 36 years as an Independent Financial Adviser. In 1979 when I joined this industry the World was quite a simple place to live in, there weren’t many ‘financial products’ available and people didn’t seem to have so much money spare. We had just survived the power strikes, the demise of mining and the sharp decline in the motor industry. Add to that the closing of numerous massive steel works and the backdrop wasn’t too brilliant.
In 1979 there was a Government change, Margaret Thatcher came to power, and during the early 1980’s she gave many the opportunity to become owners of their own homes for the very first time. People began to feel wealthy and they were given shares in companies simply because they had a bank account with them or they bought their electric, gas or water from them. Britain was wakening up to wanting more, there was a new freedom and a freedom to design your own destiny.
People began seeking financial advice!! In the years that followed the financial services industry changed so much and the Banks became involved. Licencing and legislation became the watchwords, compliance and red tape began to grow, education of financial advisers became a ‘requirement’ so it all became a bit more serious. The man in the street was at least starting to realise that in order to build a safe financial future it made good sense to get some professional advice in the same way they would employ a solicitor or accountant.
Now fast forward to 2015. We have super-fast broadband and people can do loads of research on a multitude of matters including all those financial.
But everyone seems to feel hard done by. The Banks have stopped giving Financial Advice because the model they used to work with is no longer ‘financially viable’. There is now such strict legislation, licencing and examinations that Independent Financial Advisers have to comply with. But the cost of this is all loaded onto the consumer, surely this isn’t fair?!!
The problem as I see it is that we have all become too clever for our own good. Nobody trusts anyone any more, it isn’t good enough to listen to someone and accept their advice, even when they are a seasoned professional!
Everything has to be proved and written down and checked and double checked and compliance approved and sanitised and made politically correct, so much so that a simple letter explaining what you are doing now reads like war and peace. So have we created a monster?
I hope not, we still have an industry that prides itself in giving people good honest advice at a value for money price. We still talk to our clients; we still take the time to explain what needs to be done in plain understandable English. We tell you how much the advice is going to cost, how much the product provider will charge, how much you stand to make and what the risks and rewards are, all good straightforward stuff.
Our attitude to our business is simple, were here to help guide you to the best products, the most appropriate tax wrapper and the best funds we can. We then help you to manage the whole thing to make sure it works. It’s quite simple really.
If you want to do the best for you and your family that you can, you want financial security and want to pay the legal minimum in tax then there is an answer. We need to talk, we can help you to achieve all of this. You however need to take the first step and give us a call.
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