Representatives of the financial services industry have united behind the Financial Planning Association’s (FPA) Financial Planning Week. The initiative aims to educate Australians on the importance of financial planning and encourage consumers to visit the Ask an Expert online forum where people can ask qualified trusted financial planners their questions.
Greg Medcraft, ASIC Chairman said:
“ASIC strongly believes in helping Australians to better manage their money and create a brighter financial future. The FPA’s Financial Planning Week is an important initiative and we support efforts to increase the community's understanding of the benefits of good financial advice.”
Alison Maynard, Investment Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Service said:
“We believe that Australians need professional financial advice and education about how to find good quality advice. We support the FPA’s Financial Planning Week and the FPA’s initiatives to raise professional standards in financial planning for the benefit of all Australians.”
Noel Whittaker AM CFP® said:
“Financial Planning Week helps Australians to get a glimpse of the positive difference that good advice can make to their financial future. I always suggest choosing a financial planner who is well regarded in the industry. Above all, I recommend they be a member of the Financial Planning Association as they would have signed up to high professional standards and are pledged to a code of conduct.”
Paul Clitheroe AM, Chairman, Australian Government Financial Literacy Board said:
“Improving the financial literacy of Australians is vital to help achieve a secure future. The FPA's Financial Planning Week initiative is an important part of helping to educate and empower Australians to reach this goal and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
The FPA welcomed the comments, highlighting the importance of the industry supporting Australians in improving their financial well-being.
Mark Rantall, CEO of the FPA said:
“It is great to receive such strong support from the industry for Financial Planning Week, encouraging Australians to improve their lifestyles and financial well-being. The FPA continues to build awareness on how consumers can find a trusted financial planner that is qualified and will put your interests first. Every time. Financial Planning Week is just one way we are playing our part in doing this.”
Financial Planning Week takes place from 20-26 August 2012.