Spending Planner


Up until recently there was a gaping hole between Financial Counselling and Financial Planning that meant a huge proportion of Aussies would say, in spite of earning a reasonable income they were left struggling, living from pay to pay, going nowhere with no profession focussed solely on teaching them how to create a sustainable lifestyle and how to break out of the money-stress cycle that has them trapped.

Spending Planning is the new industry showing clients how to quickly create a roadmap for an exciting and sustainable lifestyle with a secure financial future to look forward to.

Spending Planners provide:

  • A range of short and long-term programs designed to teach people how to manage their day to day finances so they can see a way forward to home ownership, investing and even retirement planning.
  • Training and education in a unique software budgeting system and an 8 Step Process that has helped over 30,000 people take control of their day to day finances.
  • A personalised Spending Plan, tailored to our client’s needs, which takes into account a comprehensive list of regular household expenses, along with long term and emergency savings.
  • A tangible plan to eliminate debt and stop using credit for good.
  • Regular support sessions to ensure our clients are on track to achieving their future goals.
  • Integrity, honesty, and confidentiality along with an ‘over and above’ attitude toward our client needs.

Spending Planners work in conjunction with other Finance Professionals to ensure the very best outcome for our client’s current and future financial needs.

Spending Planners do not give financial advice. Rather, we are trained and certified by the Spending Planners Institute to provide financial education and to simply teach our clients how to organise and manage their day to day finances and move forward in their financial journey.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Moes:

Mobile 0433 943 408

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Website: www.carolynmoescsp.com.au

End of Financial Year (2020)

End of Financial Year

This is just a quick note to remind you all that the end of financial year is fast approaching. 

We have already seen a significant increase in the number of SoA and RoA requests coming through.

Please do not leave this until the last minute; in fact, June 11th, will be the cut off for end of financial year time critical work.  This ensures that we have five business days to complete your document, while still giving you time for reviewing the document, presenting it, and getting any paperwork completed.

Best Practice Processes - Why?

Our Industry is going through a lot of change (again!), a bit of chaos and somewhat of an overhaul #obvious.  Add COVID-19 into the mix and its understandably really tough times for many of us.  Maybe setting up processes for your businesss is at the top of your To-do List, maybe it's been in the back of your mind, or maybe it's not even made the cut.  Wherever it is in your life, it is time to get your processes documented and automated and review your existing workflows. Here's why:

1. You just have to    

Processes are no longer nice to have, they are pretty much essential to everything.  COVID-19 got you working from home?   Is it business as usual for you and your team or has it been chaotic getting online and working efficiently?  Have your clients embraced a new way of meeting online? For those who have invested and put the effort into technology, and who have automated their processes, the transition has been straightforward but for those who haven’t, working life has been quite stressful. 

There are plenty of other reasons that having processes and using technology to run them makes sense.  Want to sell your practice?  Can I see your advice process?  Where are your file notes? What did you do with this client?  What services have you provided over the past 12 months?  How have you interacted with them?  How did you add value for the fees you charged?  Got nothing?  Sell to me at a heavily discounted rate because I'm going to have to do a lot to get things in order around here.  If you're looking at purchasing a business or merging, the same applies.  You need to show that you have a very good grasp on what's going on in your practice.  Documenting and automating your processes will absolutely help you with this.

2. Compliance

Nobody should dread an audit either by the Regulator or by an Independent Specialist.  In fact, you should look forward to audits because if you are documenting and automating well, they can really only add value to you and your clients, and to the professionalism of our industry.  Using workflows will document your client interactions and demonstrate that you are following a clearly defined advice process. They help with tracking your FoFA Obligations, the Services you're providing and how you are implementing your advice recommendations (to name a few).

3. Happy Wife (or Staff), Happy Life

Automating your processes via your technology is an awesome way to help your staff enjoy working with you. Why? Because they know what they have to do, they can work within a well-defined construct, they can time their tasks and you can see how much they've been doing for your clients.  If you’re outsourcing your Administration or Paraplanning, utilising technology to run your processes makes even more sense.  You will be able to provide clear instructions and have transparency throughout the piece of work your outsourcer is doing for you and your practice.

4. Work/Life Balance

Groan... What even is that when you don't know what's going on and you're stressing over tasks that may have fallen through the cracks.  A well thought out process, built and automated appropriately is really going to help you here.  And the added advantage is that you CAN go away on holidays or hang out with your kids-dog-cats-hubby-girlfriend-partner knowing that those tasks are being ticked off the list.

5. Client Trust & Satisfaction 

Figuring out what it is you do with your clients, and how you should be interacting with them can only benefit and grow the trust they have in you. Being reminded to follow-up your clients up when the markets are volatile, letting them know a legislative change has taken place that may affect them or delivering ever important information about how they can get assistance with COVID-19, will show them you're the expert when it comes to their Financial Wellbeing.  For those already embracing technology, templated emails and a solution that helps you contact clients in bulk either via SMS, Email or through a Client Portal has really helped keep communication regular and consistent.  Also, keeping clients informed throughout an Insurance Claim, or the Application process also brings a lot of comfort and trust - they will not doubt that you're working hard for them.  All you need to do is to take some time to put some templated emails together to manage a defined communication process.

I could go on and on but the practices I work with that have a solid process in place enjoy all the above benefits.  You'll need time of course to sit down, get it out on the whiteboard and to build it but we promise it will be worth it.  

If you’d like some help getting started, we have plenty of templates that will help you to get the ball rolling.  Take care out there and stay safe and healthy!

Author: Danni Le Grande, Financial Services Consultant

For more information, please visit https://dannilegrande.com.au/

Post Covid-19

Will the Post-Pandemic Roaring Twenties Happen?

The Roaring twenties occurred after the Spanish Flue pandemic. Will it happen again?

Currently there is a lot of uncertainty with Covid-19; there has never been a period like the roaring twenties. Nothing compares to the wealth, innovation and change seen in the 1920s. In the 20s each day seemed to sprout another idea, another product, another thing to buy. America had the economy grow by 42%!!!

I think it is as important than ever to keep positive but also have a post pandemic plan in place; the main issue is cashflow. What does your cashflow look like today, next week, next month and in a few months’ time?

Even prior to the roaring twenties there was a recession and depression due to hyperinflation, large unemployment, increase taxes and a downturn in the economy.

Roaring 20s 






So, what really caused the roaring twenties? Well it could have been the economic stimulus or perhaps it helped people understand the fragility of life and the uncertainty of the future. People generally save more when they believe that they’ll have less income in the future, and this is a prime opportunity for our industry to actually go against the trend and provide this service to clients.

In contrast people will spend more when they believe the end of all existence is imminent; carpe diem seems to be the best way to put this into perspective.

As well as the roaring twenties being a time of wealth and innovation, they were also known for being a time of celebration. I don’t know about you, but I will certainly be celebrating once we overcome Covid-19.

I have also struggled keeping positive in these times but have leaned into the good feel stories that are occurring around the world while some might be debated as being fake THE positive and happy feelings you experience are very REAL! I really loved the story about the fishes in Venice…

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