YBC Academy : Do You Understand The World Of Financial Planning?

Do you understand the world of financial planning? Most people don’t, which is why I’m writing a series of blogs/Articles regarding financial planning, and our role in your business.

For your reassurance I’m a Chartered Financial Planner and work with individuals and businesses to develop and understand their finances in order to make better, informed decisions.

What are the Common Perceptions of Financial Planning?
The best way to start this series, is to focus on the common perceptions that people have when considering financial planning or getting financial advice.

When looking for a financial advisor, you might think:
• “They’re all just chasing commissions.”
• “What does that even mean? I don’t understand any of this financial gibberish.”
• “I don’t understand why this is so expensive? Are they after my investments?”
• “Can I trust them?”
• “Do they have my best interests at heart?”

To be honest, I can’t blame you for having these thoughts. These perceptions have been created because of many people’s experiences with financial advisors and our industry, in general.

What are the Common Perceptions of Financial Planning?
The best way to start this series, is to focus on the common perceptions that people have when considering financial planning or getting financial advice.

When looking for a financial advisor, you might think:
• “They’re all just chasing commissions.”
• “What does that even mean? I don’t understand any of this financial gibberish.”
• “I don’t understand why this is so expensive? Are they after my investments?”
• “Can I trust them?”
• “Do they have my best interests at heart?”

To be honest, I can’t blame you for having these thoughts. These perceptions have been created because of many people’s experiences with financial advisors and our industry, in general.

Why do Financial Advisors and Planners have a Bad Reputation
Financial advisors or planners (I will go into the difference between them in a later article) aren’t bad or out to get your hard-earned money. It’s unfortunately just the way that they’ve been trained.

They often talk in jargon, meaning that your understanding of the service and experience of financial advice is marred by a language that only they seem to understand. The service often feels quite impersonal, because a lot of financial advice tends to be transactional, for example:
You book a meeting with a financial advisor because you want to address a need – a pension or an investment, and they make it all about the product.

At this point, your mind would automatically default to those earlier questions – are they just looking to charge me a commission? Will they consider my circumstances?

And this is the biggest problem with transactional advice, and the way that many financial advisors deal with clients. Transactional advice is almost always one-size-fits-all: a problem needs to be resolved (something that needs to be completed or sold) and here is a copy/paste solution.

Another problem is that if you don’t understand the advice that you’re receiving, you will often feel forced into agreeing to a service, and then feel resentful and possibly even hoodwinked. You haven’t been guided or assisted in a way that you feel comfortable with.

At this point, you may feel that the advisor is looking to set up any kind of agreement, just in order to charge a fee; and because of his use of his technical knowledge, often to impress the client, he is able to justify the fee that he is charging.

Sadly, this is the way that many advisors have been trained to deal with clients. And this is why the perception still exists.

We Don’t Do Copy/Paste Planning
We know that clients don’t want that. They want to understand the product that they’re investing in, and have their circumstances understood. They wanted to trust their advisor and feel listened to. They want to feel like they and their assets are being looked after and that whatever action the advisor takes is in their best interest. They don’t want to just be sold a product.

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