Financial Services Guide
1 April 2022
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* In this document ‘we’ refers to Fin365 Advisory trading as miPlan Financial Services and Barney Ellis.
We may not charge you a full fee for our advice on risk insurance policies if we are paid a commission by the product provider. Our advice on risk insurance is therefore not independent. In all other cases, we charge a fee for our advice services and do not receive commissions or other payments from product providers.
Where we provide personal advice, we will listen to you to understand your objectives and circumstances. We will also ask questions to make sure we provide advice which is in your best interests.
When we first provide personal advice to you it will be explained thoroughly and documented in a Statement of Advice (SoA) which you can take away and read.
The SoA will explain the basis for our advice, the main risks associated with the advice, the cost to you of implementing the advice, the benefits we receive and any conflicts of interest which may influence the advice.
We will provide you with a Product Disclosure Statement for products we recommend other than securities. This contains information to help you understand the product being recommended. At all times can contact us and ask questions about our advice and the products we recommend.
You can provide instructions to us in writing, via phone or via email. In some cases, we may require you to provide signed instructions.
We may provide further advice to you to keep your plan up to date for changes in your circumstances, changes in the law and changes in the economy and products.
If we provide further advice, it will typically be documented in a Record of Advice (RoA) which we retain on file. You can request a copy of the RoA document at any time up to 7 years after the advice is provided.
Initial Advice Fees
Our initial advice fees include meeting with you, the time we take to determine our advice and the production of the SoA. They will be based on the scope and complexity of advice provided to you. We will agree the fee with you before providing you with advice.
The initial meeting is charged at our hourly rate and will offset the full advice fees if you proceed.
If you go ahead with our advice, we may charge an implementation fee for the time we spend assisting you with implementation. We will let you know what the fee will be in the SoA.
Annual Service Fee
Our annual fee depends on the services that we provide to you. The fee is a fixed amount and is paid in instalments throughout the year. Our services and fees will be set out in an annual engagement.
We may receive a one-off upfront commission when you take out an insurance policy that we have recommended. We may also receive an ongoing commission payment for as long as you continue to hold the policy. The commission will vary depending on the recommended product and will be documented in the SoA or RoA.
We may receive other benefits from product providers such as training, meals and entertainment. Details of any benefits received above $100 will be maintained on a register which is available to you on request.
We are committed to protecting your privacy.
Barney Ellis is part owner of the practice and is paid a salary.
In some situations, we may pay fees or commissions to external parties who have referred you to us. You will be advised of the referral arrangements in the SoA provided to you.
We endeavour to always provide you with the best advice and service. If you are not satisfied with our services, then we encourage you to contact us. Please call us, send an email or put your complaint in writing to our office.
If you are not satisfied with our response, then you can refer your complaint to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. You can contact AFCA on 1800 931 678 or www.afca.org.au. AFCA provides a fair and independent complaint resolution service which is provided to you free of charge.
miPlan Advisory is required to hold adequate Professional Indemnity insurance for the financial services that it and its current and past representatives provide.
miPlan offers customised planning solutions for families, small business and retirees. Our niche is tailored protection plans for young families, succession planning and risk management for business, and lifestyle certainty in retirement.