Why did Switchfoot Wealth choose to work with Sense Network?

Why did Switchfoot Wealth choose to work with Sense Network?
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

May 21, 2021

Switchfoot Wealth Limited Independent Financial Adviser

I started Switchfoot Wealth to offer financial planning that matches the way we live and work today. Using the best technology and offering expertise gained through both formal qualifications and years of working closely with clients, we are bringing financial planning into the 21st century, helping people, businesses and professional advisers make the most of their time and their money.

– Sebastian Ewell

Switchfoot Wealth Founder

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SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is an appointed representative of Sense Network Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is entered on the Financial Services register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference number 808196.
Registered Address: 28 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0NS. Registered in England & Wales No.: 11220173.
The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is available to sort out individual complaints that clients and financial services business aren’t able to resolve themselves. To contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, please visit www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.

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Written by Sebastian Elwell

May 21, 2021

​The Personal Finance Society Awards

The PFS asked me to create a short blog and video about the PFS awards.  Here are my top tips for awards entries.  Original blog can be found on the PFS site here.

 

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Switchfoot Wealth Limited Independent Financial Adviser

I started Switchfoot Wealth to offer financial planning that matches the way we live and work today. Using the best technology and offering expertise gained through both formal qualifications and years of working closely with clients, we are bringing financial planning into the 21st century, helping people, businesses and professional advisers make the most of their time and their money.

– Sebastian Ewell

Switchfoot Wealth Founder

Read more about Switchfoot Wealth

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Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners

Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners

 Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners When you run your own business, there’s no grand pension scheme or guaranteed retirement age. Instead, you are completely responsible for your retirement planning, including your pension fund. You may need...

SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is an appointed representative of Sense Network Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is entered on the Financial Services register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference number 808196.
Registered Address: 28 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0NS. Registered in England & Wales No.: 11220173.
The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is available to sort out individual complaints that clients and financial services business aren’t able to resolve themselves. To contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, please visit www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.

Financial Planning for Trusts – Should beneficiaries be insured?

Financial Planning for Trusts – Should beneficiaries be insured?

Financial Planning for Trusts – Should beneficiaries be insured?
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

April 29, 2021

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Financial Planning for Trusts – Should beneficiaries be insured?

Investing for growth on behalf of trust beneficiaries is a considerable responsibility. Each individual trust has its own purpose, and trustees should be planning and investing to meet that purpose. In order to do that, they must have a clear idea not just of the potential ‘end-point’ of the trust, but also of the various scenarios that could occur during the life of the trust.

That’s why our free investment calculator is so invaluable. By filling in a simple form, you can access some guidance on the types of questions you should be asking when you meet your investment managers, helping you to learn more about the key points and situations that might influence your investment decisions. It includes benchmark fees and costs for a range of potential investment strategies, and it’s the ideal reference guide to help you ask the right questions.

Our tool is particularly useful for prompting you to asking those all-important ‘what if’ questions – something that many investment managers don’t cover.

How do scenarios help trustee planning?

For example, we had clients who were orphaned before the age of 21. Their parents’ estates were left in a discretionary will trust for them.  The trustees were investing “for growth”, so we used cash flow modelling to imagine scenarios where the trustees might need to pay out significant trust funds earlier than intended. 

In this example, if either of the beneficiaries were unable to work through illness or accident, then the trustees would have a moral obligation to support them. This would, in turn, have a significant negative impact on the trust funds, which are intended to provide financial security throughout our clients’ lives and, when the time was right, to help them onto the property ladder.

A simple solution

Because the beneficiaries were young fit and healthy, despite a family history of morbidity and indeed early mortality in close relatives in middle age, the cost of putting in place long-term income protection insurance was only around £20 per month per client. For a trust with assets in excess of £500,000 this represented a negligible drag on investment returns, and removed a risk to the trust, protecting the beneficiaries for their working lives as intended.

We made a personal recommendation to the beneficiaries for a simple long-term income protection plan, which had guaranteed insurability options so that cover could be increased in future years as their earnings grew over time. The trustees paid a small income to the beneficiaries to cover the cost of the insurance. 

A ’whole’ solution

If you’re involved in making investment decisions of any type – as a trustee, an attorney or professional deputy, it’s very important to take the widest possible view in order to feel confident you are making informed decisions. What trustees need is reliable, independent financial planning that looks at the bigger picture, challenges assumptions and looks for alternative ways to achieve the end goals that are as efficient and as effective as possible.

You can find out more about our investment calculator, free meeting guide and how we work on our website.

Please note: This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at professional fiduciaries and not retail clients only.

The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate trust advice. Your capital is at risk. The value of your investment (and any income from them) can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Investments should be considered over the longer term and should fit in with your overall attitude to risk and financial circumstances.

Switchfoot Wealth Limited Independent Financial Adviser

I started Switchfoot Wealth to offer financial planning that matches the way we live and work today. Using the best technology and offering expertise gained through both formal qualifications and years of working closely with clients, we are bringing financial planning into the 21st century, helping people, businesses and professional advisers make the most of their time and their money.

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Switchfoot Wealth Founder

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 Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners When you run your own business, there’s no grand pension scheme or guaranteed retirement age. Instead, you are completely responsible for your retirement planning, including your pension fund. You may need...

SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is an appointed representative of Sense Network Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is entered on the Financial Services register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference number 808196.
Registered Address: 28 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0NS. Registered in England & Wales No.: 11220173.
The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is available to sort out individual complaints that clients and financial services business aren’t able to resolve themselves. To contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, please visit www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.

Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners

Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners

Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

February 21, 2021

 Retirement and Pensions: Considerations for Business Owners

When you run your own business, there’s no grand pension scheme or guaranteed retirement age. Instead, you are completely responsible for your retirement planning, including your pension fund. You may need to implement a pension scheme for the workers in your business, and you can pay into this too, but you also need to have a clear retirement plan, which might sit alongside the exit plan for your business.

Why think about retirement now?

If you’re a business owner, you’re likely to be immersed in business plans, new products or services, managing your employees and more. So ‘retirement’ might seem a long way off, and way down your list of priorities.

But it should be at the top of that list. Why? Because it’s likely that your business will provide the foundation for your retirement plans. And how can you plan to grow your business if you don’t know what you want from it at the end of your career?

The sooner you think about retirement and pension planning, the sooner you can start to build up funds and investments that will give you the lifestyle you need in retirement and support the plans and dreams you have for you and your family.

Don’t put all your retirement eggs in one basket

Many business owners think: “I’ll sell my business and that will fund my retirement”. But this can be a dangerous route to take. To begin with, it relies on your business being stable and successful until you retire – and then being saleable at that point. However much we love our businesses, they are not always the big-ticket vehicles we would like them to be. And, as we have seen in 2020, factors outside your control can affect the profitability and even the viability of your business, so instead of banking on selling your business, take the time to do some long-term planning instead.

Think about the tax implications

Retirement and pensions planning isn’t all about working out how you can pay for that round-the-world cruise. It’s also about making sure that your planning – for your business and your personal wealth – is as tax efficient as possible. That’s why you need to talk to an independent financial adviser. They can help you put together a plan that is workable and affordable and has your retirement goals in mind. Working with your business accountant, you and your adviser can see how to structure, grow and manage your business so that it can provide the income you need in the most tax-efficient way.

For example your business could make employers pension contributions to your personal pension which allows for significant tax efficient company pension contributions. By managing your ongoing pension contributions and investments, and having a clear plan for post-retirement investments, you can plan for a secure retirement sooner rather than later.

Investment for good

The way you invest your pension funds can have a significant sustainability and social impact.  Many business owners are making the switch to a sustainable investment strategy and this can align with your business’ mission and make an impact on your sustainability goals read more.

A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until 55 (57 from April 2028). Your capital is at risk. The value of your investment (and any income from them) can go down as well as up which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available.

 

*with thanks to the Centre for Ageing Better Age Positive Image Library for the featured image.

Switchfoot Wealth Limited Independent Financial Adviser

I started Switchfoot Wealth to offer financial planning that matches the way we live and work today. Using the best technology and offering expertise gained through both formal qualifications and years of working closely with clients, we are bringing financial planning into the 21st century, helping people, businesses and professional advisers make the most of their time and their money.

– Sebastian Ewell

Switchfoot Wealth Founder

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SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is an appointed representative of Sense Network Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is entered on the Financial Services register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference number 808196.
Registered Address: 28 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0NS. Registered in England & Wales No.: 11220173.
The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is available to sort out individual complaints that clients and financial services business aren’t able to resolve themselves. To contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, please visit www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.

Are You Financially Resilient?

Are You Financially Resilient?

Are You Financially Resilient?
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

January 31, 2021

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Are you financially resilient?

We hear a lot about resilience. It’s one of the key things we’ve credited with getting us – and continuing to get us – through the Covid pandemic, and it’s becoming one of the characteristics that we use to judge our own actions and those of others.

What is resilience?

Usually used during times of difficulty, ‘resilience’ is about being able to adapt to circumstances, and having the flexibility to be able to see things differently or work differently in order to manage when things get tough.

So financial resilience is applying that same adaptability to your business and personal finances when times are hard.

So, when things have an impact on your busines or your assets, how able are you to change tack, diversify and cover your costs?

Building financial resilience

As we’ve seen over the past 12 months, it’s incredibly important to plan ahead when you can so that you have a financial cushion both in your business and in your personal finances. There are several ways to manage this, and it’s best to have a long-term plan that takes a range of possible scenarios into account.

Whilst it’s true that even the most forward-looking financial planner would have been unlikely to predict the circumstances that we’re in now, those people who have a plan in place should have savings or investments that they can use to plug any gaps now. They should also be getting advice on how they can plan to replace those assets over time. For business owners, this is a two-pronged approach: looking at what your personal financial plans and needs are, and seeing how your business can adapt to provide for those needs.

Tips for financial resilience

Here are a few tips to help you become more financially resilient. There’s no one-click wonder here; building financial resilience takes time and effort.

  1. Have a plan. This is the most important thing you can do. You can’t make any decisions until you know what the ‘end points’ are. By sitting down and thinking about what you need now – to cover mortgage payments, bills, school fees and other expenses – and also what you want for the future, you can set some realistic goals and then see how you can meet them.
  2. Reduce debt. Where you can, reduce your debts. No matter what happens in the world around you, your debts will still exist. So it’s a good idea to see which debts are costing you the most and getting rid of them if you can.
  3. Take a good look at your business. Is it helping you as much as it could? Could you increase your income by diversifying or your profits by reducing costs? Is your tax planning as efficient as possible? Do you have an exit strategy? If your business is your main source of income, you need to make sure it’s working really hard for you.
  4. Save and invest where you can. We know that building up savings and investments relies on your having excess income. How you manage that excess income can make a real difference to your long-term financial resilience. Professional advice will help you to see how you can make the most of your money, and how you can use it to give you additional security now and in the future.

The value of independent financial advice

To ensure that your financial resilience is properly planned, it’s a good idea to talk to an independent financial adviser. With the experience and market knowledge to ask the right questions, help you see where gaps in your financial planning might exist and work with you to plan a way forward that gives you the financial support and protection you need.

Switchfoot Wealth Limited Independent Financial Adviser

I started Switchfoot Wealth to offer financial planning that matches the way we live and work today. Using the best technology and offering expertise gained through both formal qualifications and years of working closely with clients, we are bringing financial planning into the 21st century, helping people, businesses and professional advisers make the most of their time and their money.

– Sebastian Ewell

Switchfoot Wealth Founder

Read more about Switchfoot Wealth

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SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is an appointed representative of Sense Network Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. SwitchFoot Wealth Limited is entered on the Financial Services register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference number 808196.
Registered Address: 28 Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0NS. Registered in England & Wales No.: 11220173.
The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is available to sort out individual complaints that clients and financial services business aren’t able to resolve themselves. To contact the Financial Ombudsman Service, please visit www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.