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Regardless of your financial situation, knowing how to best manage your money can be a challenge. You may want to know how to reach a particular goal, or need advice on the best mortgage deals. Financial advice should also be sought if your current savings or investments have stagnated, and you want them to become more profitable.

A financial advisor is best placed to advise you on a wide range of money matters. If you are in search of some help, we’ll connect you with a local financial advice expert so that you can be better informed about your options.

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What does a Financial Advisor do?

A financial advisor refers to a qualified professional who helps others manage their money. An advisor may specialise in a particular field such as investments, pensions, insurance or savings.

Their main responsibility is to understand your financial situation and to develop a plan based on your needs. They will begin by ascertaining your financial goals. For example, buying a house or retiring early. Your advisor will then want to determine your current position in relation to those goals. Once they have all the information, they will then use their experience to be able to determine the right path for you.

Often, people have an ongoing relationship with a financial advisor, who will navigate them at every stage to ensure they are working in their client’s best interests.

What to look for in a Financial Advisor

You must choose a financial advisor who is fully qualified to be able to help you manage your assets. They should have a good reputation and be someone who listens to your situation. Ideally, they should specialise in the area you need help in such as pensions or investments.

Always be wary of financial advisors who try and sell you investments without prior knowledge of your financial background. Instead, find an advisor who will customise their advice based on your current position and your specific goals.

Your financial advisor also needs to be someone you can build a good working relationship with. Meeting them in person and discussing your needs will help ensure you are both on the same page.

Different types of Financial Advice

Money is a broad topic and as such, it pays to find an advisor who understands your specific area of concern. Here are some of the most popular areas a financial advisor can help you with.

  • Investments - The right investments can make your money work harder for you, versus if it was just sitting in a bank account. The key is to choose the right portfolio that offers plenty of diversification. A financial advisor will be best placed to help you nurture your investments, and will ensure you don’t exceed your limitations.
  • Mortgages - Buying a home is for most people the biggest purchase they will ever make. Getting a great deal on your mortgage is tough, as is deciding what you can afford in the first place. Financial advisors who specialise in mortgages may be able to broker a better deal especially compared to what you will find on the high street. In the long run, this could save you a lot of money compared with not doing your research.
  • Pensions - How much money we will have to live on when we retire is a concern most of us face. There are various options for pensions these days, including an individual pension. A financial advisor will find the best pension deals based on your requirements. For example, how much you can afford to put in your pension pot and what your overall goal is.
  • Savings - Saving is one of the best ways to achieve your financial goals. A large savings pot can also come in handy should an unexpected event occur that would otherwise threaten your financial health. Saving takes discipline, and the various saving methods that are out there could help or hinder how fast you reach your target. That’s where a financial advisor will be able to find you the best deal and help you carve out a path so that you stay on track.

How to check a Financial Advisors credentials

Always choose a financial advisor who is qualified and is also registered with a relevant trade body. Accreditations to look out for include the Financial Services (FS). This is a special register that allows you to search for particular companies or individuals who are approved. Also, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is an independent regulator.

Alternatively, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is another excellent accreditation too.

The specific credentials may vary depending on where you are located, so check your local government for further advice on what to look out for.

Can I get a Financial Advisor online?

Technically it is possible to get a financial advisor online. However, the best way to ensure you are dealing with a reputable company is to meet the individual in person. Sadly, financial fraud is something that continues to rise, and the internet is just one of the ways people are being targeted. However, by using a trusted local financial advisor you can be safe in the knowledge you are dealing with a real person who has your best interests at heart.

Do I need a Financial Advisor?

The topic of money is a complex one, and while you may be good at managing your money in general, there are various situations where a financial advisor can prove very useful. For example, if you are looking to invest. That’s because the stock market can be a volatile place, especially for those who are unfamiliar with how it works. A financial advisor will be able to invest on your behalf and also ensure you do not lose more money than you can afford to.

Another common matter is mortgages, particularly as a financial advisor may be able to get you a better deal than what a high street provider can offer. A financial advisor can also offer the same services for insurance and personal pensions too.

In all, there are many different fiscal services that a financial advisor can provide. If you want to ensure a healthy financial outlook, then seeking qualified advice is one of the best ways to make sure you are on track with your goals.

What are the different types of Financial Advisors?

There are two main types of financial advisors called independent and restricted advisors. A financial advisor must clearly state which type they are so that you can make an informed choice.

An independent financial advisor (IFA) will give you unbiased advice about a wide range of services. They may specialise in a particular area of finance or work broadly across the whole market.

A restricted financial advisor only works with a specific provider or area of expertise. There are various restrictions they may have to adhere to. For example, they may not be able to advise on the existing products that you already have in place.

Questions to ask a Financial Advisor

There are many questions you will want to ask your financial advisor - the basics including how they are paid and if they receive a commission on certain products. You’ll also need to know how the relationship will work and what their typical clients are so that you can be sure your interests are aligned.

Aside from the basics, you should ask your financial advisor how they plan on managing your money. This will usually be determined after they have identified your current financial position. While they are there to advise you, it’s still your money. So, it’s important you fully understand what they will be doing with it. Your adviser should be able to clearly state what products they think are best based on your individual circumstances.

You should also ask your financial advisor where your money will be held. Some financial advisors will hold onto your money for you, whereas others manage your investments on your behalf after you have made them. Many people opt for the latter due to it being more secure, as your advisor cannot take money out of your account.

If you have any other concerns or queries, then it’s a good idea to write these down before your appointment. The research you undertake before hiring a financial advisor should also give you some indication about how they work too.

How much does a Financial Advisor cost?

Financial advisors will either charge by the hour or have a flat fee. The amount you can expect to pay will vary depending on their level of qualification or expertise. Most financial advisors will give you an initial meeting for free. While this won’t cover any specific advice, it does give you a chance to see how they work and if you would be a great fit moving forward.
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Our services are primarily designed for people typically in their 30’s and 40’s with successful careers or who have set up their own business. Crucially, you will feel like you’ve reached a point where your own knowledge about finances feels limited and you want to explore how a professional can help you. We are financial planning experts, and we offer our services in a unique way: 1. Our planning focuses on you. Using our expertise to help you make the most of your money and the most out of life. 2. We deliver our service in a totally digital way. No travel, no traffic, no paper. We always work via video calls to deliver coaching and advice to you in a convenient and efficient way. 3. We charge straightforward flat fees for our expert advice. A full financial plan costs £995 for a single person or £1,495 for a couple. Ongoing planning and coaching advice costs £85 pm for a single person or £125 pm for a couple. If you just need advice about something specific, rather than a full plan, there's a short menu of services and prices to choose from. (i.e. setting up a pension, arranging life insurance, or a coaching session). If you are interested in finding out more about us and how we could help you, please get in touch. You can book a video call straight into our calendar here: https://www.neonfp.com/contact Or try out our free financial plan here: https://www.neonfp.com/free-plan Our sister company is Balance: Wealth Planning and some reviews listed are from clients of that business.

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What do you love most about your job?

Hi, I'm Rebecca Aldridge, the Managing Director and founder of Neon Financial Planning. I am a financial planner, working with clients to organise their money so they have the best chance of meeting their goals. That means I spend a lot of time listening to what people want to achieve and doing all I can to make it happen.
I love my job because I enjoy using my expertise to make a real difference to people's lives.

What inspired you to start your own business?

There's very little professional help available to people who are early or mid career, aged around 30-45. But that's when great advice and planning makes the most difference. I set up Neon to provide sensible, practical advice and coaching to people who need it.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a deep understanding of financial planning, and particularly lifestyle financial planning, where I can help my clients understand what lifestyle is possible, and where some compromises will need to be made.

I'm also in the same age bracket as my clients, I'm a busy professional with a family. I understand the time-constraints, pressures, desire for a great work/life balance and times of feeling vulnerable. A great financial plan aims to address all of those things.

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