"I am planning my retirement in 10 years and want to consolidate my multiple Super funds, can a financial adviser give me advice just in the area of Superannuation and retirement planning?"
- Question from Sando in Adelaide
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Thanks for your question – I think it's one a lot of people would like a concise answer for.
In short – yes – many advisers will provide advice just on superannuation & retirement planning.
The caveat around getting that advice is what moving parts are there already in your life – and whether you will likely be relying on social security (Centrelink) down the track. Most advisers will (or should) have a clear idea of what advice is their bread & butter.
I worry about when areas of someone’s financial life is scoped out of the advice – would you trust an architect who is designing a house with only half the information?
But that is just a personal opinion.
I think the most important thing you can do before looking for the right adviser is to start writing down what the ideal retirement looks like to you – based on your current situation. I think it's also valuable to think about;
- Whether you want to deal with an adviser face to face (or via digital means)
- What type of engagement you would like the adviser?
- What goals are most important to you – and which goals you could conceivably trade-off (if it meant being able to achieve the non-negotiables)
When you have an initial conversation with the adviser, ask about their ideal clients, what type of personalities they work well with & what financial position their ideal clients are in. If the answers sound like you, you are probably on a winner.
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