Fergus Hardingham

FM Financial Solutions

Gold
22 Yrs Experience
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
FM Financial Solutions provides independent advice, free from any third-party influence or conflict or bias, which in our view is the only way to deliver quality advice and help clients achieve better financial and lifestyle outcomes. We are committed to the provision of quality advice, with integrity and honesty. We aim to increase the certainty of achieving your objectives via the use of a ‘goals based’ investment approach combined with strong risk management. We are one of only nine Financial Planning firms in NSW that meet the PIFA GOLD STANDARD of INDEPENDENT ADVICE.

Expertise

  • Government Assistance
  • Superannuation
  • Insurance Protection
  • Retirement & Pension
  • Shares & Investments
  • Aged Care
  • Cashflow & Income
  • Expat Finance
  • Wills & Estates
  • Budgeting
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FM Financial Solutions believes in full disclosure and only charging fees if we are able to assist clients and add value in excess of our fees. A no obligation Advice Proposal (scope of advice and fee quote) is provided after our Initial Discovery Meeting. This document clearly outlines what advice and services we will provide as well as the associated fees (both Initial Fees and any Ongoing Fees). We are one of only a small proportion of advisers in AUSTRALIA who meets the PIFA Gold Standard.

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  • Adviser status Gold
  • Rating 5.00
  • Number of reviews 9
  • First year providing advice 2000
  • Years of experience 22
  • Highest qualification
    • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Language spoken
    • English

FM Financial Solutions

Suite 2.12, 55 Miller Street
Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Opening hours

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Licensed by

Fm Financial Solutions

AFSL 327277

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"Fergus Hardingham was highly recommended to us by the chairman of an industry superannuation fund. He knew Fergus well and commended him for his enthusiasm and passion for financial planning. We have found Fergus to be extremely thorough and very efficient and prompt in answering questions whether by phone or e-mail. There has not been one occasion when Fergus has failed to answer a question. We value this level of responsiveness very highly. The other issue that attracted me to Fergus was his 'fee for service' approach to his business. We were well aware of the exorbitant commissions that some advisers receive in the form of trailing commissions and % based fees. Fergus' detailed planning has considerably reduced our capital gains tax obligations when we sold two investment properties. On the first occasion, we were able to minimise capital gains tax by living off the profits of the sale and salary sacrificing to zero for a 12 month period. This strategy saved us approximately $8000. This advice cost us $340. A few years later we sold another property, from which the proceeds were invested in superannuation and a deductible amount also contributed to our superannuation that reduced our capital gains tax liability to zero – the advice provided to us as part of a comprehensive Financial Plan, reduced our tax liabilities by around $9,000, which helped to increase our retirement capital base. When it came time to structure our retirement income stream Fergus' advice was invaluable. The Global Financial Crisis was deepening as we were starting to invest our funds (March 08), which were at that stage in cash, by a dollar cost averaging process. Fergus was very patient with us and was extremely thorough in answering our questions. In addition to this, he provided us with not only his own insightful analysis of the situation, but also the insights of other experts. During the Global Financial Crisis our portfolio’s return was positive (this at a time most portfolios were going backwards) and dividends/distributions from the various funds have continued to generate our required annual income without reducing our capital. We value information highly. Fergus, through his quarterly “Insights” publication presents three views of current market conditions, namely, bearish, neutral and bullish. Following this analysis Fergus adds his own commentary concerning various aspects of the individual funds held in our portfolio. With this information it is much easier to make decisions and de-stresses the whole process. From time to time important additional issues are addressed in “Insights”, such as, diversification, sequencing risk, asset allocation, the nature of RISK and so on. Recently, our portfolio was restructured so as to deliver a return that is expected to be between 6% and 8% per annum with very low volatility. Having our portfolio diversified over a number of asset classes, with appropriate weightings for current market conditions, has achieved results at the upper end of this range. Our portfolio structure has never been “set up and forget”. Constant monitoring is in place through regular reviews. If Fergus and Margaret are not happy with a particular change to the management of the fund they are quite prepared to exit that fund and recommend another that they have completed due diligence on. Our annual face-to-face portfolio review is something we always look forward to. The service that both Fergus and Margaret have delivered to us has been excellent in every respect. The reporting that we receive has been detailed and insightful. We look forward to our continuing relationship with them into the future. John and Susan Bock"

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"Fergus. and Margaret, have been our financial advisers for many years, leading up to and since our retirement. We have appreciated the personal interest they take in our concerns and their professional approach, tailored to our objectives."

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"Fergus Hardingham is exactly the type of honest, extremely-well-informed financial advisor who cares about his clients' positive financial future. In doing so, Fergus constantly monitors each investment and makes immediate recommendations depending on the situation. His fee-based services, and the fact that he accepts no commissions from anyone, means that the advice you receive is in your interests only and not in the adviser's. The long-term and positive outcome for him in doing so is in referrals, and I have referred many friends to him that have subsequently become his clients. Each is extremely satisfied, as I am, that their financial future is in the safest of hands. I could not recommend him more highly."

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"To be honest, we don't know where we would be without Fergus's insightful knowledge of the complexities of our financial situation. He and Margaret have helped us transcend into retirement with ease. They contact us regularly and we find their style to be very transparent, cordial, professional, and above all trustworthy in every way. Fergus and Margaret feel like family members that have all the answers to our financial needs. We appreciate their advice to the letter. Warm regards, Mark and David"

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"I am confident that Fergus & Margaret Hardingham do everything possible to make retirement an enjoyable and worry free time for my husband and I."

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"Fergus has been our financial adviser for a number of years. He does not accept commissions, is very honest, and explains our financial affairs patiently and clearly. Fergus always keeps in mind our risk preferences and our retirement funds are growing comfortably."

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"Fergus has taken the worry about of investement for myself and my husband."

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"Fergus delivers what he promises."

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Qualifications & Training

Diploma of Financial Planning (1-8)

Level
5 - Diploma
Institution
Deakin University
Completed
2001

Bachelor of Business

Level
7 - Bachelor Degree
Institution
The University of Queensland (UQ)
Completed
1993

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Level
8 - Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
Institution
Deakin University
Completed
2004

Professional Memberships

Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)

Membership type
Certified Financial Planner

Profession of Independent Financial Advisers (PIFA)

Membership type
Member
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