World Financial Planning Day a chance to celebrate the good in advice and bust some long-standing myths

World Financial Planning Day is an opportunity to celebrate the good that financial advice provides for all Australians, says the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA), as it releases new research busting some long-standing misconceptions about advice.

The Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) Value of Financial Planning Research 2023, conducted in collaboration with research consultancy MYMAVINS for World Financial Planning Day, found that clients who work with a financial planner say they are better off, with five-in-10 clients of financial planners highly satisfied with their wealth versus three-in-10 unadvised consumers.

Further, clients of financial planners are more likely to experience financial peace of mind, with four-in-five clients saying they feel financially secure and that their finances are tangibly better off.

The study also addressed long-standing myths about financial planning that have prevented many Australians from taking the next steps in seeking financial advice, including:

MYTH: Financial advice is only for the rich

The research found three-in-four clients earning $120,000 or less per year who work with financial planners felt financially secure and confident which is higher than unadvised consumers on the same level of income.

MYTH: Financial planning is only needed at retirement

Nine-in-10 Millennials who work with a financial planner agree that financial planning has left them better off financially, according to the research.

MYTH: Financial planning costs more than it’s worth

The research found eight-in-10 clients of financial planners say the benefits of financial planning outweigh the costs.

MYTH: Financial planners lack objectivity

Over nine-in-10 clients of financial planners report they trust their financial planner to act in the client’s best interests, the research revealed.

“Advice professionals and their clients have always known that these long-standing myths that have been regarded as public truths are false,” says FAAA Chair David Sharpe CFP®.

“But with these research findings, the high value that financial advice can bring is undeniable. Not only do clients who work with a financial planner feel they are better off, they also feel more at peace with their finance, which is especially important as family budgets are strained by the rising cost of living.

“As we celebrate World Financial Planning Day, it is important that all Australians understand the benefits that financial advice can bring into their own lives.”

The research also includes the FAAA Value of Advice Index, aimed at showing the difference between those who do work with a financial planning professional (advised) and those who do not (unadvised). It is measured across components including quality of life, financial confidence, and financial satisfaction.

“Across those three components, the index showed that financial planning clients experience a higher quality of life, greater financial confidence, and more financial satisfaction than those who are unadvised,” says Mr Sharpe.

To view the full MYMAVINS research findings, click here.


About the FPSB Value of Financial Planning Research 2023

The descriptions and statistics in this report are based on insights from a global research study undertaken for Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB) by independent research firm MYMAVINS.

The quantitative study undertaken in February 2023 involved an online survey of 1,038 respondents from Australia, each of whom was over 25 years earning over $90,000 per annum or holding over $50,000 in investable assets.

The sample included both advised and unadvised consumers. Advised consumers are those who are currently working with a financial planner, those who seek financial advice as needed and those who have received financial planning advice in the past three years.

Unadvised consumers, on the other hand, are those who have never received financial planning advice from a financial planner or have received financial advice in the past over three years ago.

The study also analysed those consumers who work with a CFP® professional. Financial planners who attain CFP® certification have committed to rigorous standards of competency and ethics in financial planning. Clients of CFP® professionals reported the highest levels of satisfaction.