Most people think of superannuation as a tax-favoured way of saving for your retirement. For employees, it is compulsory. For self-employed people, it is optional. For everybody, it is a great idea.
But superannuation is about more than retirement planning. It is actually a cornerstone of most people’s financial plan. This is because ‘super’ touches every other aspect of your financial planning. The way you manage your super impacts on how you manage your insurances, your other investments, your tax planning, your retirement planning, your marriage, your divorce, how and when you might help your adult kids out financially, your estate planning and even how you repay your own mortgage.
It is super by name and even more super by nature.
There are three types of super fund: retail funds, industry funds and self-managed superannuation funds. Different clients are suited to one or more of these types, and sometimes it makes sense to use more than one type in combination. We help you select the best type of fund for you. We then help you make best use of whichever option you take. This is important because super can and should be incorporated into your thinking about everything to do with your finances.
If you decide to manage your own super (a ‘self-managed super fund,’ or SMSF), we assist with all facets of establishing and maintaining this fund. This includes the facilitation, through our legal team, of all documents needed to start and then make best use of your fund.
I am passionate in my quest to help clients achieve their financial freedom.
To have choices is ultimately what drives us all and I can help clients visualize, quantify and set out on the road to achieve their personal lifestyle goals.
Originally qualified and experienced in corporate finance, I migrated as part of as US scientific multinational to Australia in 2003 where I led manufacturing operations and latterly assumed divisional site and regional leadership roles throughout the Asia Pacific region.
My own journey to financial freedom started in 2011 when my wife and I visited a planner for the first time and were surprised to understand the power of financial choices and I then spent a number of years studying culminating in a Masters Financial Planning qualification in 2015.
I joined the profession early in 2016 and love the feeling of making a positive impact to the lives of the people I meet on a daily basis.
Mark Baldwin is an authorised representative (1242066) of Dover Financial Advisers Pty Ltd (AFSL 307248).