There are a growing number of SMSF ‘discounters’ with advertisements offering cheap over-the-phone, online advice for SMSF members and trustees, but this is no substitute for professional financial advice, an industry consultant believes. Such is the opinion of industry consultant John Wiseman from John Wiseman Consulting, who said the motivation behind this trend was SMSF trustees seeking low fees and charges, but warned that while it may appear to be a cost-effective solution, it came with its own dangers. “I can only see an ocean of trouble for those that have elected the cheap offering over professional qualified advice that is provided by specialist financial planners,” Wiseman said.
“There is absolutely no substitute for quality for anyone acting as the trustee for one of the two largest and most important assets of an individual’s life.”
With SMSFs accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the $2 trillion held in assets in superannuation accounts of around 550,000 as at December 2015 as more trustees desire control of their retirement savings/investments, Wiseman said this sheer size demanded professional financial advice as the era of the amateur do-it-yourself SMSF was almost obsolete. Read More…
Reported by Malavika Santhebennur at Money Management
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