Financial Services Guide (FSG)

Version 5: 1 February 2018
Authorised for distribution by Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd

Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd:          ABN 43 167 326 972

Australian Financial Services Licence:        452448

Registered office -                                                  593 Anzac Highway

                                                                                           Glenelg SA 5045

                                                                                           Ph - (08) 8376 0455

Authorised representatives:

Sheridans Accountants & Financial Planners Pty Ltd No. 416015

      Shane Holmes  No. 244917               Colin Tutty   No. 245272

     John Menelaou No. 245066               Karen Black No. 1249320 

 

Why am I receiving this document?

This Financial Services Guide (FSG) will help you decide whether to use the services that we offer.

It contains information about:

  • Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd
  • Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd
  • Your Financial Adviser an how they are remunerated.
  • The services offered and their cost
  • Any conflicts of interest which may impact the services
  • How we deal with complaints if you are not satisfied with our service.

When we provide you with financial planning services you may receive:

  • A Statement of Advice (SoA) or Record of Advice (RoA) which documents the advice we provide to you
  • A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) which explains the products we have recommended
  • An annual Fee Disclosure Statement (FDS) which documents the fees paid and services you have received in the preceding 12 months.

Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd

Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd is different to many financial planning practices as it holds its own Australian Financial Services Licence (452448) which has been issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). 

As a Licensee we are required to comply with the obligations of the Corporations Act and the conditions of our licence.

This includes the need to have adequate compensation arrangements in place with a Professional Indemnity insurer for the financial services that we and our representatives provide.

What services do we provide?

Sheridans Financial Services holds a licence to provide a comprehensive range of services which include:

  • Superannuation including Self-Managed Superannuation Fund advice
  • Securities advice
  • Managed investment advice
  • Personal insurance advice
  • Portfolio reviews
  • Retirement planning advice
  • Estate planning
  • Structures
  • Margin lending advice

These services are provided to both wholesale and retail clients.

 

Your Financial Adviser

We have 4 Financial Advisers authorised under the licence held by Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd:

John Menelaou

John has worked in the financial services industry since 1984 in a variety of roles including 7 years in administration and marketing roles at National Mutual, 9 years as a Business Development Manager with Professional Investment Services and 10 years as a Financial Adviser and Risk Insurance Specialist.

He is a member of the Association of Financial Advisers Ltd, has completed a Diploma of Financial Planning and holds the Diploma of The Australian Insurance Institute.

Shane Holmes

Shane has worked in the financial services industry as a Financial Adviser since 1990.  He is currently a Financial Adviser, Director and Chairperson of Sheridans Accountants & Financial Planners Pty Ltd.

Shane is a member of the Association of Financial Advisers Ltd, holds a Diploma of Financial Planning and has furthered his education by completing specialist accreditation courses in Self-Managed Superannuation Fund advice, ASX Accredited Listed Products, Margin Lending and Geared Investments. Shane is also an Associate member of the Self-Managed Super Fund Association.

Colin Tutty

Colin has worked in the financial services industry as a Financial Adviser since 1991 and has been employed by Sheridans in the role Senior Financial Adviser since June 2002.

He is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia, has completed a Diploma of Financial Planning and holds the internationally recognised Certified Financial Planner™ or CFP® qualification.

Colin is a member of the Self-Managed Super Fund Professionals Association of Australia and is an accredited Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Specialist Adviser (SSA).

Karen Black

Karen has worked in a variety of roles within the financial services industry since 1986 including 12 years at AMP as corporate superannuation account manager and associate consultant.  This role included preparation of investment reports and lodgement of APRA annual reports.

She has been employed by Sheridans since 2010 as a specialist Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) accountant.  This role includes administration of SMSF portfolios, preparation of SMSF member reports, yearly financials & tax returns and liaising with clients to ensure their SMSF is compliant.

Karen is an Associate member of the Self-Managed Super Fund Association, a registered Certified Practising Accountant and member of CPA Australia.

 

Your Financial Adviser

Your Financial Adviser will provide the comprehensive range of services to you through Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd which is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd.

Your Financial Adviser acts on behalf of Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd who is responsible for the services that they provide.

The financial advice process

We recognise that the objectives and personal circumstances of each client are different.

What is right for one client may not be right for another.

We will listen to you to understand your objectives and circumstances. We will also ask questions to ensure we address all issues.

When we first provide advice to you it will be explained thoroughly and documented in a Statement of Advice. This document will be yours to read and retain as a record of our recommendations.

The Statement of Advice will explain the basis for the advice, the cost to you of implementing the advice and any fees associated with the advice.

For managed funds and insurance recommendations, we will provide you with a Product Disclosure Statement. This contains information to help you understand the product being recommended.

At all times you are able to contact us and ask questions about the advice and investments recommended.

You can provide instructions to us in writing, via phone, email or fax. Please note you are responsible for ensuring your instructions do however reach us.

We may provide further advice to you to keep your plan up to date after taking into account any changes in your circumstances, changes in the law, changes in the economy and / or changes in products.

The additional advice we provide will be dependent on the Terms of Engagement you sign with us. This will be documented in a Record of Advice.

Fees

All fees are payable to Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd.

Shane Holmes is a shareholder in Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd; he is paid a salary and shares in the profits of the business.

Colin Tutty, John Menelaou and Karen Black are employees of Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd and are paid a salary. They may also receive a performance bonus based on the revenue generated by the business.

Plan Preparation Fee

The Plan Preparation fee includes all meetings with you, the time we take to determine our advice and the production of the SoA.

The Plan Preparation fee is based on the scope and complexity of advice provided to you. We will agree the fee with you at our first meeting.

Plan Implementation Fee

If you decide to proceed with our advice, we do not charge an additional fee for the time we spend assisting you with implementation.

Ongoing Services Fees

Once your investments are established we may meet with you periodically to provide performance reports and update our advice.

We offer a range of client service packages. These service packages can be 'optioned up' to meet the additional financial needs and investment preferences of individual clients.

The ongoing Financial Adviser Service Fee associated with each of our service packages and associated additional options, is detailed in a separate Ongoing Financial Adviser Service Fees Schedule.

When we assist clients to transact in direct equities, we will charge a flat transaction fee of $26.40 in addition to the scheduled brokerage charged by the share broker. This fee is collected by the share broker as a share of the brokerage and then paid to us.

All Platform and / or Fund Manager Administration fees, expenses and commissions that relate to your portfolio, will be fully explained to you in both dollar and percentage terms in your Statement of Advice or Record of Advice.  Ongoing Fund Manager Fees and Platform fees are disclosed in the relevant Product Disclosure Statement.

The services and fees will be set out in the SoA or RoA that we provide to you.

Commissions

Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners may receive commissions and other benefits from some product and service providers.

The commission amount will vary depending on the product or service which is recommended. We will tell you the exact amount in the SoA or RoA that we provide to you.

Investment Commissions

We may receive a monthly commission payment from some investment providers. This will be based on your account balance and will continue to be paid for as long as you hold the investment. As we prefer to be paid a fee for our services, any ongoing investment commissions we receive will generally relate to investment products you currently hold and that we may recommend you retain in your best interests.

Insurance Commissions

We may receive a one-off upfront commission when you take out an insurance policy we recommend.

We may also receive a monthly commission payment for as long as you continue to hold the policy.

Other Benefits

We may also receive additional benefits by way of sponsorship of education seminars, conference or training days.  Details of any benefits received above $100 will be maintained on a register which is available to you on request.

Referral Fees and Commissions

In some situations we may receive fees or commissions when we refer you to external parties. We will disclose the referral arrangements to you whenever we refer you to an external party.

In some situations we pay fees or commissions to external parties who have referred you to us. We will disclose the referral arrangements to you when we provide you with a SoA.

Conflicts of Interest

Associated Businesses

As part of providing our advice services, we may also refer you to the accounting, tax and/or mortgage broking services we provide through Sheridans Accountants and Financial Planners Pty Ltd and Mortgage Broker (SA) Pty Ltd.

We may hold investments we recommend

Your Financial Adviser may provide advice on investments which they hold or may hold in their own personal portfolio.

We will disclose the size and nature of these holdings where there may be a conflict of interest with the advice that we provide.

Making a Complaint

We endeavour to provide you with the best advice and service at all times.

If you are not satisfied with our services then we encourage you to contact us.

Please call us on 08 8376 0455 or put your complaint in writing to us at our office at PO Box 110 Glenelg SA 5045.

If you are not satisfied with our response you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). You can contact FOS on 1300 780 808. This service is provided to you free of charge.

Your Privacy

Sheridans Financial Services Pty Ltd (Sheridans) is committed to protecting your privacy. We have a Privacy Policy which sets out how we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information.

We will collect personal information from you so that we can understand your personal situation and provide you with advice which meets your needs and objectives.

We will also collect information from you to meet our obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act.

We will generally collect this information directly from you, however, in some cases we will seek your authority to collect if from other parties such as your accountant or your superannuation fund.

If you do not provide us with all of the information that we request, we may not be able to provide our services to you.

We will hold and use your personal information so that we can continue to provide our services to you. We may disclose your personal information to external parties such as:

  • Where the law requires us to do so
  • Where you consent for us to do so
  • Fund managers, insurers, share brokers
  • Legal and other professional advisers
  • Other business support providers

By completing this Personal and Information document or providing details to your financial adviser to complete the Personal and Information document, you consent to Sheridans collecting, using and disclosing your personal information for the above purposes.

Our Privacy Policy contains further information on how we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information. It also sets out how you can access the information we hold about you, how to have it corrected and how to complain when you are not satisfied with how we have handled your personal information. Our full Privacy Policy is available on our website, (www.sheridans.net.au), or on request.

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