Choosing to secure your golden ages with a SMSF is a very smart idea. However, setting up and managing a fund of this kind is one heavy task. First of all, not everyone has the required financial knowledge and skills to set everything right without spending much time and money. Second, not everyone has the authority and the needed licenses to run a fund of the kind and take care of all aspects of its work. And finally, one should consider being able to spread the fund’s membership enough so it counts a significant amount of members and consequently, a larger money base for investments.
That being said, if you’re that person – one who doesn’t have the necessary qualifications for the job, you should turn to one of the many SMSF Melbourne specialist offices that do exactly that: use their specialized knowledge and skills to set up and run the fund for you. All you need to do is just look for one, explain what you want and then relax. However, finding the right specialist in this modern digital era, can be a pretty tough task as well.
Start with the financial adviser register
There’s actually a register where financial advisers that can be hired to run a specific job from the world of finance are enlisted. Now, all these advisers come with their qualifications, resumes and recommendations. That’s what the register serves for – to gather all the recognized personnel in one place. That being said, there’s no need to find your SMSF Melbourne based specialist on the streets and blindly entrust him your future. You can check the short list of advisers you’re considering and pick the one that can be actually found in that register.
Always ask for the fees
This is very important because you can end up getting nothing and paying a whole lot of something. A financial adviser needs to be prepared to offer you an advice for your specific needs and requirements, but if his/her qualifications aren’t right, then you’re at high risk of being manipulated into paying for the meeting and not getting any piece of advice simply because the adviser isn’t authorised to do so. If you can’t get a specific amount, you should always ask for a rough estimate and what will you get for that money so you have a clear picture of whether you should go for it or not.
If a lawyer gives you advice on finances…
A lawyer can give you advice on financial matters only if he/she holds specific qualifications for such services, or if they’re working for someone who holds that certification. In any other circumstance, these lawyers should be reported to the ASIC or Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
All in all, the adviser you choose to handle your SMSF setting up and management should have the knowledge to do so in the first place. He/she should also be authorised to give advice on such delicate matters and have enough integrity and sense of responsibility to manage your retirement plan. So, choose carefully and consider multiple factors.