Guest Blog – The role of an Eldercare Consltant

Guest Blog – The role of an Eldercare Consltant

Guest Blog – The role of an Eldercare Consltant
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

January 17, 2021

Beyond purely financial planning matters, the practicalities of arranging care for a loved one can be overwhelming.  Are there services out there that can help with navigating the complex maze of care needs?  I caught up with SOLLA affiliate Claire Edwards, founder of  Claire Edwards Eldercare Consultant to discuss her service.  Claire kindly agreed to provide the following guest blog.

The Value of Independent Care Advice

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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Why make the switch to sustainable investing?

Why make the switch to sustainable investing?

Why make the switch to sustainable investing?
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

November 20, 2020

Sustainable Investing
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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7 reasons why we’re Transparency Task Force members

7 reasons why we’re Transparency Task Force members

7 reasons why we’re Transparency Task Force members
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

November 15, 2020

The Transparency Taskforce

7 reasons why we’re Transparency Task Force members

You may have seen or heard us talk about working with the Transparency Task Force (TTF). This is important to us as a team because it’s work we do on a voluntary basis and it’s helping to protect vulnerable people when they need reliable financial help. In fact, from our office in Farnham, we’re part of an international group of ambassadors who have spent their careers pursuing better and more ethical ways of working.

So we thought we’d share the 7 top reasons why we’ve chosen to stand up for transparency and clarity in the financial services sector.

  1. It’s a not-for-profit organisation that shares our values – our leading value is all about doing business ethically. That means treating people with respect, offering honest, clear and useful advice and going the extra mile to protect our clients. 
  1. It operates on a volunteer basis, so we know our TTF colleagues have the best motives – there are currently more than 2.600 finance professionals giving their time to help the TTF have an impact across the sector. This gives us hope that there is an increasing number of people who want to see changes in the industry and are prepared to stand up and make those changes happen. 
  1. It gives us the opportunity to share our expertise – our founder, Sebastian Elwell specialises in later life and succession planning and has built up a range of expertise and knowledge that he can share with others in an environment where it can start to make a difference. 
  1. It believes in the power and will of the financial sector to do good – the finance and banking industries do not have a great reputation among the general public. Yet there are thousands of qualified, ethical and trustworthy advisers and professionals in the UK who just want to do a good job for their clients. Taking part in the TTF demonstrates our commitment to the industry and our belief that it is a force for good. 
  1. It believes in changing the conversation to being about the individual, not the industry – for financial advisers like Sebastian, nothing is more important than the client. By focusing on a wide range of long-term issues in the sector, the TTF is hoping to show that the individual investor should be at the heart of everything we do. 
  1. It’s helping us to lead the drive to ensure vulnerable people get the best advice – Sebastian leads the team investigating ways to improve the transparency and oversight of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) documents. This will help to protect vulnerable people who are no longer able to manage their own finances. 
  1. It allows us to get to know other leaders in the ethically-aware financial sector – we are keen to build a network of like-minded financial professionals, whether they are financial advisers or work within banks, funds and other financial management institutions. 

You can click to find out more about the Transparency Task Force, or contact us today to find out more about how we help individuals plan their financial futures, or manage investments and savings for vulnerable family members.

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Introducing the Personal Finance Society

Introducing the Personal Finance Society

Introducing the Personal Finance Society
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

November 15, 2020

PFS Awards

 

Introducing the Personal Finance Society

As we celebrate our founder, Sebastian Elwell, being announced as the winner of the Personal Finance Society’s 2020 award for Retirement and Later Life Specialist of the Year, we thought this would be a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on what the Society is for.

Part of the Chartered Insurance Institute Group, the Personal Finance Society was established to give the public more confidence and trust in the personal financial advice profession.

It does this by making sure that its members meet strict standards of professionalism and governance, and that they comply with the Society’s Code of Ethics. This Code stipulates that all financial advisers should act in the best interests of each client, provide a high standard of service and treat people fairly.

Bringing finances to life

One of the key things about the Personal Finance Society is the initiatives it supports. Recently these have included financial wellbeing television programmes, a schools outreach programme called My Personal Finance Skills, a Forces MoneyPlan scheme, which offers free financial guidance to armed forces personnel and veterans, and a Find an Advisor tool, which gives individuals access to more than 20,000 qualified financial advisers.

In addition, the Society runs an e-mentor programme, and Sebastian also volunteers as a mentor with the programme, supporting, guiding and developing the next generation of financial planners and paraplanners.

Does my adviser need Personal Finance Society membership?

There’s no legal required for your financial adviser to be a member of the Personal Finance Society. However, it is a requirement to be a member of a professional body which can issue the adviser with a Statement of Professional Standing, which is reviewed every year. We have chosen to be a member of the Personal Finance Society because it is the largest of all the professional bodies in the UK for financial advisers.

As with all professions, membership of the PFS and other key bodies should give you confidence in your adviser’s qualifications, expertise and experience. Sebastian Elwell is also a member of STEP and SOLLA – all highly regarded organisations with strict membership criteria. So for people looking for financial advice in Farnham, these memberships and qualifications give additional peace of mind.

We would always recommend that you take your time when choosing a financial adviser. Look for:

  • An independent adviser who is not tied to any particular products or providers, and who can give you advice that covers the whole of the market.
  • Someone with expertise in the areas you’re interested in – for example, later life advice, inheritance and succession planning or wider family financial advice.
  • Someone with recognised qualifications, such as a Chartered Financial Planner, an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and relevant memberships of bodies that promote professional standards.

You can visit the Personal Finance Society’s website, or contact us today to find out more about how we work and how we can help support your financial planning.

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Why choose a financial adviser who is a STEP member?

Why choose a financial adviser who is a STEP member?

Why choose a financial adviser who is a STEP member?
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Written by Sebastian Elwell

November 1, 2020

STEP Advising families across generations

 

Why choose a financial adviser who is a STEP member?

It can be tricky to choose a financial adviser – particularly if you are working through complex financial arrangements, hold a power of attorney, or are making more complicated plans around inheritance and succession planning. It’s obviously important to ensure that the adviser you choose to work with is suitably qualified for the type of financial planning you need, which is why memberships of bodies like STEP and SOLLA are important.

What is STEP?

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. Members are financial advisers, lawyers, accountants and other professionals who help individuals make the best plans for their future, and the criteria for membership is exacting, so you know that it is worth using someone who has taken the time to become a member. For individuals and families in Farnham for example, Sebastian Elwell from Switchfoot Wealth is the only financial adviser in the area who has STEP membership and a STEP Diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients*.

Why should I look for a STEP member?

STEP members are experts in helping families plan for the future, often advising two or three generations at the same time, to ensure that everyone has the advice they need for a secure future for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.

In particular, STEP members can advise on inheritance planning, trusts and legacies, long-term care planning and charitable giving. Your advisers can work together – so your financial planning may impact on the conditions of your Will, for example. Or you may want to look at succession or exit planning for your business, and your financial adviser can work alongside your accountant, solicitor and tax specialist to ensure that all requirements are met.

Aligning our values

The STEP values are very clear:

  • Promote professional educational attainment.
  • Act transparently.
  • Uphold professional standards.
  • Serve our members, whatever their professional background, wherever based.
  • Recognise our responsibility to the public interest.

They align well with our own values, which are:

  • Being ethical
  • Being qualified
  • Being independent
  • Being technology smart
  • Being collaborative

As a STEP member, Sebastian must work to the organisation’s values and commit to upholding its high standards of competence and advice. Being a member of STEP means that the clients we give financial advice to in Farnham and the local area can be confident about the standard of advice and planning they receive, and that they are choosing a financial adviser who can work closely and comfortably with your other professional advisers.

You can find out more about STEP and what it means to be a member, or simply contact us today for an initial chat about the plans you need to make and how we can help.

 

*Source STEP Member directory October 2020

https://content.step.org/search/members/?f%5B0%5D=specialism%3AInvestment&f%5B1%5D=city%3AFarnham

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What is SOLLA and why should I look for an adviser who is a member?

What is SOLLA and why should I look for an adviser who is a member?

What is SOLLA and why should I look for an adviser who is a member?
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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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