We would like to keep you informed and provide context around media reports emerging from the Royal Commission into misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
A few people have already contacted our office to express concerns and we too are deeply disappointed by the conduct shown not just by AMP, but by all the major financial institutions. We are frustrated by the impact that this has on the Industry, our Profession and the stress or worry this may have caused our clients.
Whilst Invest Blue is licensed through AMP Financial Planning, and we do use some AMP products, the following are important for you to note:
We would like to reiterate that we welcome and fully support the aims of the Royal Commission. Invest Blue wants to help improve the community’s trust and confidence in our Industry as a strong, stable, trusted financial system which is critical to our economy and the prosperity of all Australians.
As a Financial Advice business, our focus is helping people realise their goals and dreams. Invest Blue is passionate about creating financial plans for people that help them to live their best possible life. We have been heartened to hear from our clients over the last few weeks and know that our approach connects with people and makes a difference. When asked, “What do you value most about our relationship and service to you?”, some of the feedback we have received in the last two weeks includes:
The most common question we have been receiving is “are my investments and superannuation affected by this?” Generally speaking, the answer is no. Investments in any superannuation fund or any managed fund are only affected if they own direct shares in AMP. AMP shares represent less than 2% of most managed funds, so any volatility in this stock is going to have a minimum impact on returns for the year. For more Q&A please see our recent Royal Commission Frequently Asked Questions post.
The financial system in Australia is complex. There are so many choices and misinformation is present. When it comes to managing our own money it is near impossible to keep personal emotions at bay and disciplined action consistent.
As a Financial Adviser, our role is to be here for you and to ensure that your financial plans and products serve you and your situation well. Not just when we sit down for the first time, but year in and year out. When we get the chance to work with a family as they move through their stages of life, we have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in giving them every opportunity to make the most of their situation, prioritise their goals and live their best life. It is an honour for us to play this part and a role we take very seriously.
While we are going through a much-needed phase of professionalisation of our Industry, we remain focused on helping our clients live their best possible life and acting in our clients’ best interest.
Managing Director, Invest Blue
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