This is a common question people have when thinking about getting financial advice. The general answer is financial advice can help change the way you feel about your money and financial future. It can give you peace of mind, knowing that this part of your life is under control.

"I have so much confidence in my adviser. I’m happy to just connect the dots and allow them to do the rest. I would say 'everyone who values informed decision making (financially) needs to have a financial adviser,' because having one gives you incredible reserve to get the most out of your hard work."
Advice First client, AMP Financial Planning, March 20201

To see how financial advice can help, read Valerie’s2 story. With retirement on the horizon, she wants to start winding down her work but is worried she might not have enough in her super savings to last.

Valerie is a hypothetical client and her story is illustrative only. It isn’t an estimate of any investment returns you’ll receive or the fees and costs you’ll incur.

Secure enough to scale back

Valerie is 62 and works as an office manager. She’s worked full-time since her children left high-school and is now ready to scale back her working hours to three days a week. However, she isn’t confident her finances will be able to cope. Valerie is seeking reassurance from a financial adviser that she has enough saved to go part-time, and still have a comfortable retirement.

Her adviser starts by getting a picture of her financial position.


Return assumptions include:

Superannuation: 70% balanced portfolio, (2.5% income, 2.75% growth, 25.51% franked) return and 0.69% fee
Consumer Price Index is 3.2% 
Average Weekly On Time Earnings – 3.5% 
Cash return is 3% 
Property growth is 4% pa 
Car loan at 6% 

Property sale assumptions:

Current property indexed by growth rate of 4% pa
Sell at age 72 for $1,184,195 and transfer costs = $45,000. Repurchase new home for $780,000

Advice Fees

Valerie paid $1,780 in the first year and $1,250pa for phone-based financial advice. Indexed with CPI.

Together they define Valerie’s goals. Once Valerie’s clear on what she wants now, and in retirement, her adviser works out a tailored roadmap on how she might be able to achieve those goals.

By using a transition-to-retirement strategy, Valerie’s able to keep her income amount the same while reducing her working hours and continuing to add more to her super. She’s also maximising the government contributions available, and saving on personal tax.

Her adviser works out Valerie will run out of money by age 75. He suggests selling the family home will help to free up her money. They agree to downsize when she reaches 72. Doing this can help to ensure she’ll have funds lasting well into retirement and shouldn’t have to reduce her standard of living or solely rely on the Age Pension to cover her day-to-day expenses.

What value does Valerie get from financial advice?

Having a plan for her financial future gives Valerie peace of mind. The relationship with her adviser gives Valerie confidence she’s not in this alone. She no longer feels overwhelmed by making financial decisions because she’s got someone there, giving her the information needed to make choices that are right for her.

1AMP internal research, client interview.
2Valerie is a hypothetical client.

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This case study is illustrative only and isn’t an estimate of the investment returns you’ll receive, or fees and costs you’ll incur.

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