What Does an Independent Financial Advisor Do?

What Does an Independent Financial Advisor Do?

There are many moments in life when it’s worth getting some financial advice. Whether you’re going through a life transition or just want to take prudent action to protect your future, an independent financial advisor can guide you and help formulate a robust financial plan.  

Hansford Bell are a financial life planning firm based in Devon. We work with clients at all stages of their lives to help them navigate important financial decisions, and plan for a fulfilling future. Our clients trust us to provide impartial advice, guided by their personal aspirations and attitudes.  

In this blog, we explain more about what independent financial advisors do, and why you should consider working with one. 

What is an Independent Financial Advisor? 

An independent financial advisor is a financial professional who offers clients tailored advice on a range of financial matters. Some advisors specialise in particular areas such as retirement planning, wealth management, or mortgage and finance. 

Importantly, an independent advisor is distinct from a restricted advisor in the type of advice they can give. Whereas a restricted advisor can only recommend certain types of products on the market, independent advisors are not bound to a single or limited numbers of providers. That means, their advice is less biased and more tailored to a client’s specific situation. 

What Services Do Independent Financial Advisors Offer? 

Whether on a one-off or continuing basis, financial advisors offer a wide range of services to their clients.  

Financial Life Planning 

Taking your non financial goals as the starting point, financial life planning is all about crafting a bespoke roadmap towards the life you want to lead.  

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Cash Flow Planning 

Financial advisors can work with the latest technology to forecast your finances over the years, helping you figure out whether your current plans are working. 

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Retirement Planning 

Essential to people at any age, retirement planning is about plotting your course to the retirement lifestyle you want, choosing pension products, and deciding on the best way to use your provisions. 

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Estate & Tax Planning 

An advisor specialising in estate and tax planning will help you establish how your estate will be managed after death, and help you navigate the tricky waters of inheritance tax. 

Note: Estate planning and tax planning are not regulated by the FCA.

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Advice on Specific Financial Products 

From later life finance to mortgages to life and health insurance, financial advisors often work on a one-off basis with clients advising on specific purchases. 

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Wealth Management 

Finally, planning and managing portfolios of assets is a key part of an independent financial advisor’s role. They will help you identify the best investment opportunities, tailored to your ethical values and risk profile.  

Do I Need an Independent Financial Advisor? 

You may be thinking that financial advisors are only for the super rich, but actually anyone who has financial goals or specific issues to deal with can benefit from their services. There are many moments in life where impartial, transparent guidance can prove invaluable, such as: 

  • Buying a home.
  • Planning your retirement.
  • Reducing your tax bill.
  • Deciding where to invest.
  • Going through a divorce or separation.
  • Career moves.
  • Choosing life or health insurance.
  • Managing a lump sum as a result of inheritance or a redundancy payment.

Benefits of Working with an Independent Financial Advisor.

Robust Retirement Plan 

Planning for retirement can often be ignored in favour of the day to day, but failing to prepare for your later years can mean you aren’t able to live the lifestyle you want, or worse, your provisions don’t last as long as you expect. Whatever your retirement aspirations, a financial advisor can work with you to help you achieve them. 

See more: Retirement Planning Strategies for People in Their 50s 

Better Saving and Spending 

Financial advisors can help you plan your spending and budgeting over time with a view to long term financial prosperity. With cutting edge cash flow software, they’ll look into the future and help you formulate a plan to save money, and turn this saving into a plan to grow your wealth further.  

Family are Protected 

An independent financial advisor can recommend products from across the market, so you’ll receive impartial guidance on the best ways of protecting your family. This might include purchasing life or health insurance, planning your estate with inheritance tax in mind, or just maximising your wealth. With an independent advisor, your family’s future is in good hands. 

Improved Portfolio 

A financial advisor will be able to work with you to pinpoint your attitude to risk and recommend bespoke investment opportunities. With professional guidance, you’ll be able to insure you develop a diverse portfolio across asset classes with a range of providers. As a result, you’re much more likely to see high returns, mitigate risk, and grow your wealth in a more sustainable way. 

Ongoing Relationship 

Though independent advisors help with one-off financial purchases and situations, they often offer an ongoing service of regular attention and personalised advice. They’ll get to know your unique situation and goals in life, and work with you over a number of years to keep your finances on track. Having someone to rely on and trust when it comes to money truly is invaluable.   

Peace of Mind 

Working with an independent financial advisor can ease some of the worries you may have surrounding your money. They’ll conduct regular reviews of your portfolio to ensure you keep on track over the course of your relationship. With someone keeping a watchful eye on your investments, you can focus on the more important things in life. 

Independent Financial Advice with Hansford Bell.

Hansford Bell are an independent firm of financial life planners based in the South West.

We’re fully Chartered and offer a comprehensive range of financial services to clients locally and across the UK. We take the time to get to know our clients, creating bespoke financial plans that help rejuvenate their finances. 

If you’re ready to get started, or just want to learn more about how we can help you, talk to our friendly team! 

Note: This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice.