Dean Hutchins

Diversified Financial Planners

Gold
23 Yrs Experience
Frankston, VIC 3199
2015 Regional winner AMPFP Adviser of the Year and inaugural winner Now Infinity Best SMSF Strategy Award, CEO & Founder of Diversified Financial Planners (18 years); a financial planning company in Melbourne, specialising in Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) and complex advice areas. I first started in the financial planning industry in 1999, where I mainly focused on insurance and retail super funds. Soon after, estate planning took my interest because advice was poor across the industry. In 2005, I made the decision to focus on SMSFs which allowed me to use a variety of strategies where I could add value, combined with the much needed estate planning advice. I suffered a serious illness in 2012. Leading up to this, I was 37 years old, fit and in great physical condition. Two weeks later I found myself paralysed and bedbound. Many people, including myself, think “this won’t happen to me.” This experience now provides a discussion point with clients which is “let’s think about the future and retirement, but let’s not forget about today; let’s find a balance.” As a result I now value my life & enjoy my lifestyle as much as possible. Balance is achieved through my interests from snowboarding, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, travel, UFC and being a mild star wars fan! Experiencing the most life has to offer is important and this has led me to peruse my childhood dream of attaining my pilots licence. I am passionate about helping people and building great relationships. We offer an end-to-end service for our clients, rather than transactional services. Our focus is to provide a comprehensive offering. Personally, I’m not interested in clients who want one-off advice, a term deposit in a super fund or one investment property and have us assist with their administration. We do have others in the practice that can assist clients with this. For Diversified it’s all about getting the structure right and adding value to our clients. My Motto: “Never die wondering!”

Expertise

  • Government Assistance
  • Superannuation
  • Insurance Protection
  • Retirement & Pension
  • Self Managed SuperFunds
  • Small Business Advice
  • Tax Strategies
  • Growing Assets
  • Wills & Estates

Recent reviews

At a glance

  • Adviser status Gold
  • Rating 4.85
  • Number of reviews 45
  • First year providing advice 1999
  • Years of experience 23
  • Highest qualification
    • Diploma of Financial Planning (1-8)
  • Language spoken
    • English

Diversified Financial Planners

Landmark Centre, Level 1, 454-472 Nepean Highway
Frankston, VIC 3199

Opening hours

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Licensed by

Amp Financial Planning Pty Ltd

AFSL 232706

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5.00

"Dean is always accessible and has given us solid financial advice for many years. Our Super Fund is in very safe hands and I would very highly recommend Dean for financial advice. Dean always explains information and options clearly. Our Super Fund is constantly monitored for opportunities and growth, - and this is always communicated to us in a timely way. Dean's expertise in his field is evident and we could not be happier with the service provided. Thank you Dean."

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  • Self Managed SuperFunds
  • Tax Strategies
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5.00
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5.00

"I am very comfortable having Dean as my Advisor,he explains things to me very clearly and makes them easy to understand."

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4.75

"Very professional adviser and a leader in SMSF operation and SMSF planning."

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4.25
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5.00

"Dean has the expertise to assist me in all my financial planning needs. I also appreciate his great service."

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  • Insurance Protection
  • Self Managed SuperFunds
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4.50

"Dean is a kind and very approachable person. He always finds time to assist us when necessary and is very dedicated to his work. This is evident through his work within the community both locally and abroad, showing his commitment and understanding for others as well as being trustworthy."

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5.00

"Hello I am an accountant who owns his own business, I utilise Dean's services for a lot my clients and have had predominatly great feedback over the 7 years I have used his services. He and his team are very thorough and very good at liasing with the clients and making sure all necessary things are done. Highly reccommend Dean and his services to anyone."

  • Government Assistance
  • Superannuation
  • Insurance Protection
  • Managing Debt
  • Retirement & Pension
  • Self Managed SuperFunds
  • Margin Lending
  • Aged Care
  • Small Business Advice
  • Tax Strategies
  • Growing Assets
  • Wills & Estates
  • Budgeting
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5.00

"an excellent adviser. dean could not be more helpful. he has helped me through my retirement process in a great manner . i would be happy to recommend him to anyone"

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5.00

"Dean has been extremely helpful in advising us on measures to benefit our financial situation for our future retirement ."

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My clients have reviewed me based on the following areas of advice

  • Government Assistance
  • Superannuation
  • Insurance Protection
  • Managing Debt
  • Retirement & Pension
  • Self Managed SuperFunds
  • Margin Lending
  • Aged Care
  • Expat Finance
  • Socially Responsible
  • Small Business Advice
  • Tax Strategies
  • Growing Assets
  • Wills & Estates
  • Budgeting

Qualifications & Training

Ethics and Professionalism in Financial Advice - Bridging Course

Level
0 - Training / Exam / Other
Institution
Kaplan Professional
Completed
2021

Economic and Legal Context for Financial Planning - Bridging Course

Level
0 - Training / Exam / Other
Institution
Kaplan Professional
Completed
2021

Diploma of Financial Planning (1-8)

Level
5 - Diploma
Institution
Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
Completed
2003

Certificate IV in Financial Services (Finance and Mortgage Broking)

Level
4 - Certificate IV
Institution
Traineeship Management Australia (TMA)
Completed
2007

Professional Memberships

Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)

Membership type
Certified Financial Planner

Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)

Membership type
Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner

SMSF Professionals' Association of Australia (SPAA)

Membership type
SMSF Specialist Advisor
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