Elements of a Financial Plan
Broadly speaking, you can break the strategies relating to Financial Planning into three distinct categories.
There is certainly a lot to think about when setting these strategies up, so to assist you we have explained in a bit more details the elements contained within each stage.
When discussing strategies relating to Wealth Creation, there are many variables that come to play. Affordability and cash flow issues, as well as the appropriate use of debt facilities are a starting point.
You should consider investment options like Bank Deposits and Term Facilities, Managed Funds, Exchange Traded Funds, Direct Shares, Property, Small Business investment etc. Be mindful that many of these options may also have some sort of taxation considerations and will likely require the input of a qualified Accountant.
For longer term investments, you may want to consider retirement savings plans like Industry Superannuation, Retail Superannuation, Corporate Superannuation, Defined Benefit structures and/or Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.
Our highly qualified and specialist Financial Planners will work hand in hand with your Accountant, Mortgage Broker, Lawyer and/or other Financial Service Professional where appropriate to help you achieve your desired result.
Now that you have a rough plan, we should stress test it to see what could potentially go wrong. Examples of these events could be anything from a job change, unexpected redundancy, new baby, family death, physical or mental inability to work etc.
To cater for these financial events, you will need need to decide if you would like to:
Examples of these policies include, Life/Death Insurance, Total and Permanent Disability, Income Protection, Trauma/Critical Illness, Key-person Business Insurance, Buy-Sell Insurance or Business Expense Insurance
In the case of Personal Insurance policies, some of these insurances can be funded using your Superannuation monies and/or the premiums may even be tax deductible. There are pros and cons relating to each option. Your Drakkar Group adviser will be able to let you know the most appropriate option for you.
It’s a dark topic at the best of times, but it important to decide what will happen to your assets when you die. Outlining your succession instructions is actually more than just doing a Will.
Although a Will covers assets held in your Estate, what about the assets held in your Superannuation Fund? Or proceeds from your Personal Insurance Policies? What happens if you suffer an event in which you do not die, but do become incapacitated and can no longer make Financial or Medical decisions concerning your own wellbeing?
Through the help of a strategic relationship with a highly qualified and experienced Estate Planning Solicitor, Drakkar Group is able to help you put together a holistic Wealth Succession Plan which can help to minimise any tax paid by your heirs, and hopefully avoid any family squabbles.
Find out how you can give instructions to your family about your legal and medical preferences should you fall ill or lose the capacity to make those decisions yourself.
Everybody should have documented succession plan!
Wealth Coaching services can range from a ‘project based’ or ‘limited scope’ piece of financial advice, designed to deal with particular situation or event (i.e. entering/exiting the workforce, receiving an inheritance, processing an insurance claim, help with Age Care or Centrelink etc.) to an ongoing advice relationship whereby a client wants to learn more about managing their own affairs.
For whatever reason, clients are able to enlist the help of one of our qualified Financial Advisers to help with a specific purpose and/or to upskill their own knowledge in a certain area. Some examples can be seen below.
For more information please contact one of our Drakkar Group advisers today!
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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) are the fastest growing sector in the superannuation industry, with approximately 570,535 funds in Australia as at 30 June 2016. The sector currently accounts for around 29% of all superannuation savings and is still growing!
A key driver of individuals switching to SMSFs is the wish to gain control over investments. An SMSF can allow members to invest in asset classes that they have perhaps had more exposure to than standard managed investments (i.e. Direct Property, Bonds, Direct Shares etc).
In a lot of cases an SMSF can also be more cost effective than retail funds, as the fee structure is generally a fixed cost and not dependant on the amount of funds invested.
Nevertheless, gaining control over your investments is a trade-off – you take on obligations to operate and manage your SMSF within the confines of the law. This does require a greater level of commitment, time and a hands-on approach.
Having said that, for the right individual, taking control of your retirement goals with an SMSF is extremely rewarding.
Given the complexities that come with owning a SMSF it is advisable to seek assistance from SMSF professionals, such as SMSF Specialist Advisors (SSAs).
To see if you an SMSF is appropriate for you, contact a Drakkar Group SMSF Specialist Adviser today.
Drakkar Group are Life Insurance Brokers with years of experience helping clients to determine appropriate levels of Personal Insurance, policy types and conditions and the most effective payment methods.
Not all Insurances are built the same and although there are a lot of options out there, one of the most important parts is to ensure that you will get paid at the time that you submit a claim.
We won’t just help you secure an appropriate policy, but we will also be right there to your hand when you lodge the claim and follow it through to payment!
Protecting your loved ones when you are no longer here.
Nobody wants to think about what life looks like when they are no longer around, but when it comes to your family it’s worthwhile taking a moment to consider what this situation looks like. By doing this you will be able to determine if/how your loved ones would cope financially.
Life Cover insurance (also known as 'term life insurance' or 'death cover') could provide a one-off payment to a person you nominate if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness or dies. This money can be used to pay off debts, pay day-to-day expenses, or be invested for future needs.
Total and Permanent Disability (TPD)
Protection for yourself when things go wrong
Where a Life Insurance policy can help your family recover financially after you pass away, what happens if you are severely injured but don’t pass away? Ever wonder what would happen if you could never work again and/or if a disability or sickness impacts, restricts or impairs your everyday life?
Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance could provide you with a one-off payment when you become permanently disabled and unable to work. You can use this payment to cover medical bills, living expenses, modifications to your home, or you can invest it to assist you in the future.
Survival payment if you are unable to work temporarily
If you get sick or seriously injured and can’t work, Income Protection insurance could pay a monthly benefit to replace up to 75% of your income. This means you can focus on getting better and not have to worry about having to cover your day-to-day expenses.
Critical Illness or Trauma
If you were to suffer a critical illness event
While more and more people are surviving illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes, we don’t often think about how our life may change or be impacted by illness. On top of ongoing emotional and physical challenges, there is a financial impact to consider.
To help reduce the financial burden and stress, Critical Illness insurance could provide you with a one-off tax-free payment if you suffer a critical illness.
Key Person Insurance
If you are a small business owner, you may have one or more key individuals within your operation whose knowledge, contribution, work, sales capabilities etc is crucial to the ongoing financial success of your business. If so, then you may have a Key Person Risk.
Key Personal Insurance (Keyman Insurance), is a corporate owned insurance policy that can provide a lump sum payment to help the employer offset the cost of hiring/training a replacement or losses incurred as a result of them no longer being able to perform their job duties resulting from a major illness, injury or death.
Key Individuals could be a Business Principal, Partner, Shareholder, Effective Sales Person, Executive, Scientist etc.
Business Succession Insurances
The sudden death or incapacity of a business owner, can be catastrophic for an otherwise successful business. While owners are alive, negotiations can take place about buying each other out at key life events such as retirement etc. Unfortunately, many business owners for granted that this has been catered for in their respective partners arrangements.
If one partner dies or becomes incapacity suddenly, then the remaining partner may find themselves in negotiations with deceased owner’s legal representative or spouse, who may be more concerned about the needs of the estate over the needs of the business.
The unexpected funding of this transaction can also be problematic.
Buy-Sell Insurances can provide quick payment in exchange for the in-question business interest, saving all parties much financial angst.
For more information, please contact a Drakkar Group adviser today.
Business Expense Insurance
Business Expense Insurance is like an Income Protection benefit for your business.
While your personal Income Protection benefit may pay you to protect your personal obligations, a Business Expenses policy can pay the business a benefit to ensure the portion of your business expenses for which you are responsible can be met should you be temporarily unable to work due to injury or illness.
Business Expenses insurance generally reimburses you for certain regular business expenses such as rent, utilities, lease costs and depreciation. It is important to note not all expenses will be covered.
This can help cover your fixed business costs and keep your business afloat while you are recuperating.