Financial Planning Week starts today

The 2014 Financial Planning Week starts today, with the key message that people could be doing more to make their financial future look brighter.

FPA chief executive Mark Rantall said Financial Planning Week is an opportunity to refocus the discussion about financial advice and show consumers that the right advice can make a positive impact on their financial future. 

“Trust is a critical component of financial advice and Australians have the right to know that when they seek financial guidance, they can trust the person they find,” Mr Rantall said.

“We are aware that now more than ever, financial planners are in the spotlight. As a result, consumers may feel overwhelmed with information and might not know where to start looking or how to ensure they are receiving quality advice.

“We want to help them feel confident about being in the driver’s seat, but also empowered about seeking expert advice."

Mr Rantall said that while financial planning can involve complexity, the Financial Planning Week will provide simple information and tools that anyone can use to better understand financial planning.

“Financial Planning Week is an initiative that helps consumers find the right financial tools and experts to help them achieve their goals,” Mr Rantall said.

“These include the free and popular ‘Ask an Expert’ initiative that allows Australians to ask a financial planner whatever burning finance questions they may have.”

The 14th annual Financial Planning Week will run nationwide from Monday 25 August to Sunday 31 August.

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