Lou’s Lockdown 40th Birthday

Financial Advice Sutton Coldfield
Lou Lakin & Bear

Lou Lakin who is a key member our Client Liaison team celebrated her 40th birthday on the 10th May. Being such a special birthday there were a lot of plans that had to be put on hold for the moment, but her husband went all out to make it a fab 40th!

Celebrations started on VE Day when the family joined the festivities with the rest of their road from the front garden.  Lou thought that was the highlight of her birthday weekend.

On her actual birthday she found the house decorated inside and out, courtesy of her hubby and three children.  Her friends had put together a compilation video of them all separately singing happy birthday.  Her family had videoed birthday messages and her mum, dad, brothers and sister drove past the house to give her a birthday wave.

One special 40th gift that did arrive as planned is Bear, a Maltipoo puppy who took up residence at the Lakin house in April.  He is now old enough to go out for walks which is something the whole family can enjoy together.

Happy 40th Lou!

An Emergency 21st For Olivia

Financial Advisers Sutton ColdfieldA few days before the UK went into lockdown quick thinking on the part of Olivia’s mum meant she had a hastily arranged 21st birthday celebration of sorts.  Olivia who lives with her mum, was able to see her dad, brother and boyfriend and open her gifts.

On the day of her 21st, the 31st of March, instead of the “all bells and whistles” birthday party that had been planned, Olivia and mum Lisa spent the day quietly together.  But Lisa made sure there were birthday banners, balloons and presents to open – these included a lovely necklace and wanting Liv to have more than one present to open on her special day she also gave her bed sheets – well the only place she could go was the supermarket! There was plenty of bubbly too!

Liv is looking forward to having her birthday party next year and being able to take the trip to Dublin she had planned with her boyfriend once the lockdown is over.

Looking forward to having a glass of wine with you too when we can meet up again. Happy belated 21st Olivia!

How Do You Know If You Will Run Out Of Money In Retirement?

Financial Planning LichfieldLife is full of unknowns, and most of us have questions about our financial future. Questions that many of our clients find difficult, or even impossible to answer.

  • How much money do I need for a comfortable retirement?
  • Will my money run out?
  • Can much can I afford to give to my children?
  • How would I be affected by a stock market crash or two?

The good news is we have the technology and the expertise to answer your questions, and do much more.  Ask your Financial Adviser about Lifestyle Financial Planning.  This is an extremely in-depth financial planning service we offer to our clients.  We spend time getting to know you and your hopes, fears, dreams and aspirations. Then, using our knowledge and state-of-the-art software, we project your financial position from today to retirement and beyond.

This will reveal any shortfall you may have and we can put in place financial strategies to help you achieve your goals.  Talk to your Financial Adviser about Lifestyle Financial Planning or make an appointment through our Client Liaison Team on 0121 323 2070 or clientliaison@fouroaksfs.com. Proving financial advice local to Lichfield and across the region.

Adviser Susie Leek Attains Standard

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Susie Leek, Mortgage & Protection Adviser

Adviser Susie Leek has achieved a milestone in her career with us.  Susie has attained the standard required to operate as a Mortgage & Protection Adviser within the Quilter Financial Planning network.

Experienced Mortgage & Protection Adviser Susie Leek joined us in the Autumn of last year. Although she was already qualified to give mortgage advice. However, when an Adviser joins Four Oaks Financial Services they undergo continuous professional development.

One of the requirements is to achieve the standard required to operate as an Adviser within the Quilter Financial Planning network.  This is attained by having real cases appraised by Quilter Financial Planning.

Before joining Four Oaks Financial Services Susie had worked at HSBC from the age of 18. She was a Mortgage & Protection Manager for many years.  Susie is one of our Advisers who has demonstrated a special interest and skill for mortgages. Using her experience, she helps our clients with their mortgages and financial protection, which often go hand-in-hand.  Whether they are moving to a new home or getting a mortgage review Susie is there to help them.

Think carefully before securing your debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Some clients don’t realise that they can get their mortgage reviewed at any time.  Not just when their existing mortgage term ends or they are moving house.  To make sure you have the appropriate mortgage for you and your unique circumstances, please contact us.

Susie is a member of our 14 strong team of Advisers who give advice in Sutton Coldfield and across the whole of the Midlands region.

Sue Cassar Has Grandchild

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Sue Cassar’s Baby Granddaughter

We are delighted to announce that Financial Adviser, Sue Cassar has become a grandmother. Granddaughter Sophia Charlotte was born on the 7th March at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire. She weighed in at a healthy 3 kilos. Both baby Sophia and Sue’s daughter are doing well.

Sue decided to have a go at knitting some booties for the new arrival, and we must say they are gorgeous! Sue is looking forward to leading her new grand-daughter astray and doing things that make her daughter tut! As a woman who has worked in senior roles in the financial services sector for many years, on a serious note Sue says that she hopes Sophia will grow up to be a free-thinking, determined, self assured woman.

Sue Cassar is an experienced financial adviser based in Tamworth, who often works with our female clients and also younger people who may be seeking financial advice near Sutton Coldfield and across the area. Sue is a great advocate of our holistic lifestyle financial planning approach. As a Four Oaks Financial Services Financial Adviser, Sue uses her experience and our state of the art Lifestyle Financial Planning software to help clients map all the great events in their lives, such as planning to have a baby! Followed of course by the associated costs of bringing up a child and providing for university fees, maybe a wedding and a deposit for a first home.

Congratulations Sue!

(Photo of Sophia Charlotte taken before the current lockdown)

Financial Adviser Nic Whittaker Turns 40

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Financial Adviser Nic Whittaker

Financial Adviser Nic Whittaker recently celebrated his 40th birthday, which included a surprise party! (See photo)

“At the age of 40” says Nic “I still feel like I did when I was 16! But I think 40 is the age when you really should do some serious financial planning. I say to my clients, ‘look back to when you were 20, it seems like 5 minutes ago. In another 20 years you will be 60. Time goes by so quickly you need to have a financial plan in place.”

Nic says that at the age of 40 people have some life experience. They’ve experienced highs and lows with friends and family. So, this is when most people, with a bit of financial advice, are able to define their life goals and put a financial plan in place to achieve them.

Nic is a qualified financial adviser.  He has the additional qualifications required to give advice on complex pensions cases and Long Term Care.  He has been a member of our team of advisers who give financial advice in Sutton Coldfield and across the region for over 6 years.  Although Nic is already well qualified he is working towards becoming a Chartered Financial Planner.

At Four Oaks Financial Services we have a holistic approach to financial planning called Lifestyle Financial Planning, you can find out more here on our website.  If you have not yet had our ‘bucket’ presentation from Nic or any of our other Advisers, please contact your Adviser or our Client Liaison team clientcontact@fouroaksfs.com. We are sure you will find this enlightening!

Happy 40th Nic!

Financial Advisers At Aldridge School

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Vicky Hughes, Careers Leader at Aldridge School and David Jones, Financial Adviser

Our Financial Advisers were very pleased to support the Aldridge School Careers Fair before the coronavirus lockdown.  This event was jointly organised by Vicky Hughes, Careers Leader at the school and her colleague Jill Nock.  It was exceptionally well attended by students from year 10, 11, 12 and 13 along with their parents and grandparents.

Four Oaks Financial Services was the only truly local business to take part. Other exhibitors included universities, the armed services, police, local charities and national banks. As local Financial Advisers giving financial advice in Sutton Coldfield and across the area, we are always happy to support local community initiatives.

“The event was very well attended.” Said David Jones, one of our Financial Advisers, who is also a school Governor. “We had lots of conversations with young people who were keen to know what a Financial Adviser actually does, and how you become a Financial Adviser. A few of the youngsters also expressed a wish do their work experience with us.”

Our pop-up banner was very useful in answering the question about what a Financial Adviser does, as David and his colleagues were able to lead the conversation through the bullet points displayed on it.

To answer the question about how you enter our profession, in the past the route most people took to become a financial adviser was via the banking sector.  This route is no longer available, but at Four Oaks Financial Services we do provide a career path for people seeking a career as a financial adviser. Some of our Financial Advisers have university degrees others have progressed to this role and been supported to take their professional exams via a vocational path with us. For current vacancies with us follow this link.

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Critical Illness Insurance A True Story

Critical Illness Insurance Sutton ColdfieldIn June 2019 one of our clients experienced a life-changing event. Luckily, she and her partner had previously met with our Financial Adviser, Nic Whittaker. Upon his advice they had taken out critical illness insurance.

She is so relieved to have had this insurance in place, that she has given us permission to tell her story.  Go to our Financial Protection page to read the full case study.

Financial Protection Dos and Don’ts

There are no hard and fast rules or dos and don’ts when it comes to protecting yourself and your family with a critical illness insurance policy.  This is why is it so important to get professional advice from one of our trained specialist advisers. Everyone and every family is different.  Whether this relates to health history or financial circumstances. The key is to match the Critical Illness Insurance policy to the needs of each individual. You can buy this kind of insurance online. However, our Advisers are best placed to advise you based on our holistic lifestyle financial planning approach.

Our client says, “It is now 6 months after my operations, and I am still off work and having to re-assess what my future holds and whether I will ever make a 100% recovery.  I therefore can’t stress enough how important it is to have such a policy in place and would recommend it to everyone regardless of your age/health.”

We’ve got lots more information about Critical Illness Insurance and other kinds of financial protection here.

Our team of Advisers provide financial advice local to Sutton Coldfield and across the wider Midlands area. Our Advisers have the specialist knowledge to help you chose the most appropriate Critical Illness insurance based upon your situation and financial goals. To make an appointment contact our Client Liaison Team on 0121 323 2070 or clientcontact@fouroaksfs.com.

Phoenix Learn About Financial Planning

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Karen Hagan, Financial Adviser

Financial Adviser Karen Hagan recently gave a presentation for the Phoenix Networking group on Financial Planning and How To Get Financially Fit. Phoenix is a business networking group for ladies. Karen, who gives financial advice local to Sutton Coldfield, is an experienced financial adviser and one of our advisers who often works with female clients.

Her presentation was split into four sections. First giving tips on getting financially fit that you can do yourself. Followed by financial planning that needs the help of a financial adviser. She then touched on behavioural economics and finally, ran through our “bucket” presentation. If you have not yet seen this, please ask your financial adviser or book an appointment with our client liaison team.

Top Tips On DIY Financial Planning

In her presentation Karen talked about things that everyone can do for themselves to get fitter financially. Such as, clearing debt, transferring credit card balances, re-mortgaging at a lower rate and making a Will.

The Support Of A Financial Adviser

Karen went on to outline the circumstances where you will usually need the advice of a financial adviser.  For example, making contributions to your pension and tax planning. Or, when looking to make financial investments especially when the stock market is volatile and could be causing the client some anxiety.

Behavioural Economics

In this section Karen talked about attitudes to risk.  Everyone is different.  Some people are put off investing on the stock market, because they perceive it to be risky.  Others have a less cautious attitude to risk. What a financial adviser does is educate people on all the different investment options available and the associated level of risk.

Karen wrapped up her presentation with a light-hearted but very informative run through our “bucket” presentation. This explains the role of financial planning throughout your life and is aligned to our Lifestyle Financial Planning approach.

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This Quarter’s Essentially Wealth Magazine Is Now Available

Mortgage Advice Sutton ColdfieldWe are very pleased to announce that our quarterly magazine, Essentially Mortgages is now available. This is exclusively for our clients to whom we provide mortgage advice in Sutton Coldfield. To read this magazine please click on this link Essentially Mortgages Magazine Q1 2020

This is a complementary magazine for Four Oaks Financial Services mortgage advice clients.  It is full of useful information and topical articles for anyone with a mortgage or looking for a mortgage.  The format delivers lots of news and things you need to know, in a quick and easy to read format.  In this first issue of 2020 you will find articles that our clients seeking financial advice in Sutton Coldfield, and throughout the Midlands area, will find of interest.

Highlights of this issue focusing on Mortgages include:

  • Self-employed? Securing A Mortgage Need Not Be Mission Impossible
  • Garages And Gardens – House Hunters’ Top Priorities
  • Home Affordability Improving For Many
  • Is Mortgage Apathy Costing You Money?
  • Life Insurance For Astronauts?
  • Are Your Christmas Gifts Insured?
  • Thinking Of Remortgaging In 2020? You’re Not Alone
  • Moving Home May Cost More Than You Think
  • Missed The Help To Buy ISA Deadline?
  • Five Things To Remember When You Move Home
  • Your Changing Protection Needs For Every Life Stage

We will be emailing Essentially Mortgages to all of our clients in the next few days.  If you are not on the mailing list and would like to receive this and the sister publication Essentially Wealth, please email clientcontact@fouroaksfs.com.

If you want further information about any of the articles and how you could be affected, our team of Financial Advisers are always available to provide financial advice to our clients in Sutton Coldfield and right across the Midlands region. For help and advice you can contact your Adviser direct, or you can contact our Client Liaison team to make an appointment.