A well-known former Guardian-aligned adviser has become self-licensed, saying that leaving the dealer group was upsetting but ultimately empowering.
Caboodle Financial Services co-founder Peita Diamantidis told ifa she decided to become self-licensed because she wanted to "lead the charge in terms of providing innovative client offers".
"We use a lot of systems, but we're also doing a lot of other stuff that's about communication and financial literacy, and so we constantly want to be innovating in that space," she said.
Ms Diamantidis said she feels very positive about her decision, adding that Suncorp's dissolution of the Guardian Advice licence – announced in November 2015 – is probably “representative of where a number of other large institutions are potentially going”.
“A big change like that is naturally difficult and, at the time, upsetting, but it empowered us to get moving on an outcome that was, in the end, better for us,” she said.
“I’m really comfortable with being able to be a master of our own destiny. That's something I feel really good about now.”
Ms Diamantidis said she submitted her application to become self-licensed before the end of last year, before moving on from Guardian at the end of April.
However, she said the experience of everyone within the group will be different and she empathises with advisers who had a long history with Guardian.
“Some of the advisers within Guardian have been there for a long time, and I think there would be a lot of heart and soul in that for them,” Ms Diamantidis said.
“That becomes personally upsetting.
“If you’ve been with a dealer group for a long time, then it becomes more than a dealer group; it becomes a family.”
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