Brilliance Financial Planning

Independent Financial Adviser  The Last House, Hemel hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1AJ
First meeting at adviser's own cost
We are highly approachable and happy to discuss your needs and options informally. Call us today for a chat
We can advise you on
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Annuity purchase
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Auto enrolment
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Pension consolidation
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Pension drawdown
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Pensions & divorce
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Pensions & retirement planning
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Pensions review
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Pensions transfer
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SIPPs
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Stakeholder
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Wealth management
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Ethical investments
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ISA / Unit Trusts / OEICs
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Investing for income
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Investment trusts
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OEICs
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Offshore investments
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Socially responsible investments
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Traded endowment policies
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Unit trusts
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Lump sum
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Regular savings
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Savings for children
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School fees planning
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Estate planning
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Income tax
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Taxation planning
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Corporate pension
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Group Pension/Stakeholder
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Stockbroking services
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 17th February 2020
Meet our advisers
Duncan Miles
Investment Manager

Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to investments and the management of investment portfolios.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: main tax and legal frameworks that govern the accumulation phase of building up retirement benefits under registered pension schemes; features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; choices faced by early leavers and use of transfer value analysis; State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the risks involved.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of portfolio investment management. If passed before September 2010 QCF 3 after then QCF 4

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: how the economic environment and individual company performance affects investment performance and investment decision making; how risk is measured and managed; the main principles governing how to construct an investment portfolio; the range of investment management services, how their performance is evaluated and their regulatory environment.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
Scott Taylor
Chartered Financial Planner

This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.

In order to have completed this qualification, individuals were required to obtain three units. These could have been selected from any combination of the available units at that time but must have included the compulsory G10 unit - Taxation and Trusts.

Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal and corporate pensions.

This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.

This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of investments and an ability to advise individual clients on the construction of investment portfolios to meet both their current and foreseeable future needs.

This examination assessed the knowledge and understanding of economic factors that affect risk from different investments, product features and regulatory framework of retail investments, taxation liabilities and portfolio planning.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.

This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of portfolio investment management. If passed before September 2010 QCF 3 after then QCF 4

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: how the economic environment and individual company performance affects investment performance and investment decision making; how risk is measured and managed; the main principles governing how to construct an investment portfolio; the range of investment management services, how their performance is evaluated and their regulatory environment.

This Diploma covers Regulation, Ethics, Investment Principles, Risk and personal Taxation. Specialist units cover advising in Securities, Derivatives and Packaged Products.

Accreditations
Chartered Financial Planner
What our clients say
"Deciding who manages your pension and investments is a big decision. Having been impressed with my initial introduction to the Brilliance Financial Planning team and the mix of services offered, I considered they displayed the right level of attentiveness and understanding about my views on the market and attitude to risk and offered the type of personal touch which would be essential to a medium to long-term relationship. I continue to be impressed with their professionalism, performance and with the quality of their easy to absorb documentation around valuations and choices/recommendations about my investment options. I have no hesitation in recommending Brilliance’s services."
J Lewis, Kent
About us

You would expect us to be highly qualified experts, and we are. But good, useful advice often boils down to the quality of your relationship with your adviser. Sometimes, money and planning for our needs can be a source of anxiety; you may be knowledgeable and successful in your field but unsure of the language used and the workings of the financial world or reluctant to depend on someone else. We have years of experience of guiding our clients through the financial minefield and will give you the knowledge and confidence to put you firmly in control of your planning.

Our services

Instead of looking at the individual elements of your financial planning; retirement, school fees, capital creation and so on, it makes sense to see them as a whole. Never before has there been such an array of investment possibilities. This is great news for the well informed but can be confusing for the rest of us. With our help, you’ll be able to introduce sophistication into your planning and make the most of choices you might otherwise not be aware of. We are also authorised discretionary portfolio managers and experienced investment advisers.

Where to find us

The Last House, 81 Stanley Hill Avenue, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 9BA

Preferred clients
Minimum wealth (income/assets)
£20,000
Minimum pension value
£20,000
Minimum mortgage value
£0
Advice methods
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    Telephone
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    Online (Live chat, video, email)
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    Face to face
Response rating
7.0/10
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FCA authorised
Last authorised 17th February 2020

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