Should I seek advice?

The public’s perception of financial planners has recently taken a beating due to negative media reports.

The public's perception of financial planners has recently taken a beating due to negative media reports.

But what is often not reported in the press, are the countless success stories where financial advisers have helped customers change their lives in a positive way.

The overwhelming majority of financial advisers love what they do and receive great satisfaction from the success of their clients.

They also work in an industry that is highly regulated and forces advisers to act in the best interest of their customers.

Reputation is everything, so poor advice leads to poor reviews and therefore less revenue for the adviser. As such, it is in the financial adviser's best interest to achieve excellent results for their customers.

According to Mortgage Choice's 2016 Money Survey, more than 50 per cent of respondents said they were concerned about their current financial situation.

For those concerned about their financial situation and future, one of the best things to do is seek professional advice.

A qualified financial adviser can advise you on how to make your money work harder. In addition, they will provide you with the tools you need to take better control and direction of your finances.

If you have been thinking about seeking financial advice, but don't know if seeing a professional adviser is the right step for you, ask yourself:

  1. Are you planning for retirement?
  2. Would you like to take better control of your finances?
  3. Do you know how much you're saving and how much you're spending?
  4. Do you want to build an investment portfolio filled with different assets?
  5. Do you want to live a comfortable lifestyle?
  6. Do you have debt that you're struggling to manage?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, seeing a financial adviser may just be the answer.

A professional adviser can help you get your finances on track and ultimately become comfortable with your financial situation.