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Financial Planner Fees Explained

5 Ways Financial Planners May Be Remunerated

Before you engage with a financial planner, it is natural to want to know what the cost of financial planning is. The short answer is that it will depend on the complexity of the advice you are seeking, but to start there are usually 5 ways a financial planner can be paid:

  1. Cost of initial meeting
  2. Cost of financial plan
  3. Cost of implementing your financial plan
  4. Commissions
  5. Cost of ongoing Financial Planning

This page is dedicated to breaking down the cost of financial advice, and what you can expect from Yield Financial Planning.

How much do financial planners charge?

The Cost Of
An Initial Meeting

Generally financial planners will not charge you for an initial meeting, but some do. Costs we’ve seen, range between $95 – $330. At Yield, we start with a conversation on the phone, to understand the advice you are seeking and to confirm that we can help you.

 

Once we understand that we can assist you, we typically have two further meetings. The first is dedicated to us building a strong understanding of who you are and what you are trying to achieve, and the second helps us expand on this, and also show you how we can help.

 

Yield Financial Planning does not charge for initial meetings, as we see the time spent as an investment in understanding how we can help, as well as to give you an opportunity to understand who we are and feel confident we are a good fit for you.

 

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Cost of financial advice

Cost of a Financial Plan

The cost of a financial plan will vary, depending on the complexity of your financial situation and the scope of the advice you are seeking. At Yield, we have a calculator we’ve curated, which itemises the specific advice that is relevant to you. This means that the quote we give you is entirely personalised, but also consistent from client to client.

As a guide for what a financial plan could cost you, we’ve provided some typical financial plan costs:

  1. Scoped insurance advice: $1,000
  2. Scoped investment advice: $2,500 – $4,500
  3. Typical financial or retirement plan: $3,500 – $6,000
  4. Complex financial or retirement plan: $6,000 – $10,000

At first glance, the cost of financial planning may seem prohibitive, but the reality is that financial planning is likely to be one of the best investments you ever make. To understand the value that sits behind the cost, it is important to engage with us, and hear how we identify we can help you. It is just an investment of your time initially, so what do you have to lose?

 

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Case Study

We prepared a pre-retirement plan for existing clients, who wanted to understand their options for retirement. With our advice, we showed them how they could retire 5 years sooner than they planned too.

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Cost of Implementing
Your Financial Plan

The cost of implementing your financial plan is a way that some financial planners charge for the execution of advice. They may use it as a way to spread the cost, so that you are only paying for implementation if you do move forward with the advice provided.

Implementation fees may be charged as a flat dollar amount or sometimes as a percentage of the funds you invest. Be careful of percentage-based fees for implementation, as it can quickly add up to be a sizable and potentially unexpected amount, that is usually deducted from your initial investment.

At Yield, the amount we charge you for your financial plan is typically inclusive of implementation. It is highly irregular for us not to implement any aspect of the financial plan, and we feel it is a more transparent and ethical way to bill, by stating the total financial plan cost up front. In situations where there is considerably more work involved with implementing advice, there may be a further charge for service. This will be discussed openly, but it is rare.

Cost of financial planners

Investment commission Explained

Investment commissions were abolished on 1st July 2013, as part of the Future of Financial Advice reforms, known as FOFA. The ban was prospective and meant that from that point forward, no investment product provider could pay financial planners investment commission for newly recommended investment products. There was a grandfathering provision, that allowed pre-existing ongoing commissions to be paid to financial advisers, but this was later abolished also, on recommendation from The Financial Services Royal Commission and came into effect on 1st January 2021.

 

At Yield Financial Planning, we have provided genuine fee for service investment advice from our inception in 2006. If we received an investment commission from an investment we recommended, we rebated it directly to our clients, to demonstrate that commission was not the basis for our advice. This made Yield one of the first financial planning firms in the country to operate this way, and we did it because it was transparent, and because we could see how investment commission could otherwise result in inappropriate advice.

 

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Insurance Commission Explained

Insurance commissions were changed, but not abolished, with effect from 1st January 2018. The result was a virtual halving of upfront commissions to 60% of the premium amount and a flat 20% ongoing for the life of the policy. Importantly, life insurance commission does not affect the price of the premium paid. The cost of the insurance policy is the same whether it is obtained through a financial advisor or directly with the insurer for the same cover.

 

As a result of the changes with commissions, the cost of financial planning advice in Australia has been going up. But on balance it is a far more transparent charging method and has led to positive change in the quality of financial advice in Australia.

 

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How much does financial planning cost

Cost of Ongoing
Financial Planning Advice

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To help manage change over time, financial planners offer ongoing financial planning services. How financial planners charge for this can vary between, flat fee for service annually, a percentage of funds invested, or a combination of both.

At Yield we generally split our fee into a flat annual fee for financial planning and bill a percentage of the funds we help our clients invest. We do this, because some of our clients only use us for financial planning and others only investment advice. Furthermore, we find it is a simple and fair way of managing the differences between some of our clients with far higher balances of investments and those with less.

To help you understand the distinction between ongoing financial planning advice and investment advice:

  • Ongoing financial planning’ can be summarised as assisting you in managing the inevitable changes that will occur in your personal situation, investment markets and legislation, whilst relating them back to how you manage your entire financial position ongoing.
  • Ongoing investment advice includes advice to choose, monitor and change your investment mix, mindful of how you might need to utilise your investments in the short, medium and long term, with an emphasis also on maximising return and managing risk as much as possible.

 

Cost of financial planners

Yield's Approach to
ongoing financial planning advice

At Yield, the cost of our ongoing review service is discounted, when you use both financial planning and investment advice. It is a simple and transparent charging structure that works like this:

1

Investment Only (personally owned)

  • 0.70% of funds invested with Yield
2

Investment only SMSF (SMSF or other investment structure)

  • 1.0% of funds invested with Yield
3

Financial Planning

$4,000 p.a. + (Depends on investment structure and frequency of review meetings)

4

Example of blended Financial Planning and Investment service discounts

  • Financial Planning $2,380 (for couple) + 0.50% of funds invested = ~40% discount off standalone

Note that the financial planning service charge will be determined by the number of investment structures, and frequency of meetings. All fees are quoted ex GST.

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The Value of Ongoing Financial Planning Advice

Regularly reviewing your financial position is essential to making the most of the opportunities that change presents and managing the inevitable risks it throws up too. A financial planners ongoing advice is designed to ensure you effectively monitor and evolve your financial plan, to keep you on track to achieve your objectives. A financial planners ongoing advice should be fluid, and able to evolve as your circumstances and need for proactive service and advice grows.

 

Why you should contact Yield today to help you

To help you weigh up the cost of financial advice against the value you will get from engaging with us, the Yield team have identified 4 key benefits we offer:

 

  1. Financial – As a result of our advice, we can demonstrate desirable tangible financial benefits.
  2. Practical – If we are doing it for you, that alleviates the stress that comes along with managing your finances independently.
  3. Emotional – Providing you with the peace of mind that you remain in good hands.
  4. Academic – It’s what we do, it’s what we’ve studied for and worked towards, allowing us to keep up to date with it all, ridding you of that extra responsibility.

 

To learn more about how Yield can help you craft a highly personalised financial plan, that will give you clarity and direction as well as tangible advice on how to improve your financial position, contact us now.

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