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Our key services

Every client’s situation is different and demands a highly personalised focus to create a financial strategy that suits your needs and expectations.

Key Financial Planning offers a comprehensive strategic financial advice service providing continued support and guidance throughout your financial plan’s progress. At first, we’ll present you with an initial advice offer, then create a detailed financial plan and an ongoing advice offer.

Initial Advice Offer
In the initial stages of preparing a financial plan we work closely with you to gain a deep understanding of your financial position, goals and assumptions, as well as assessing your risk tolerance and investment expectations.

We then tailor a full financial plan and devise strategies to efficiently manage your financial resources, income, capital and debt.

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Our key solutions

Working for your future

Whatever stage of life you’re at, we can help you improve your financial position. We use our experience and knowledge to make your money work harder for you.

We guide our clients through the financial advice process by creating and protecting wealth, maximising your income, managing debt and cash flow, and estate planning.

Living in Retirement

Living in
Retirement

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maximising income

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social security entitlements

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estate planning

Growing Families

Growing
Families

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personal insurance to
protect you and your family

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debt reduction
super strategies

Planning to retire in the next 10 years

Planning to retire
in the next 10 years

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accelerating wealth to
reach retirement goals

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transition to retirement strategies

Wealth accumulators

Wealth
accumulators

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strategies to build super
savings and assets

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tax effective investment planning

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salary sacrificing

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borrowing to invest in
property and shares

Aged Care

Aged
Care

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aged care reforms:
new rules

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aged care:
grandfathered rules

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considering your assets
and entitlements

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financial advice for
your situation

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The key to your financial future

We all want to make our own choices in life and afford the quality of lifestyle we desire, especially in our retirement. But how do we make the best decisions to achieve the most from our financial resources? What steps do we take to ensure we reach our desired life goals and dreams?

Working with a professional financial adviser to create a long-term strategic plan is critical to enjoying life’s journey, and achieving the life you want in retirement. Key Financial Planning is a professional advisory firm based in Warners Bay, offering strategic advice in creating and protecting wealth and maximising income opportunities for people at all stages of life.

Retirement Planning
Retirement Planning

Planning for your retirement is the key to achieving a rewarding retirement lifestyle.

1. How do you know if you are on the right path to achieving your goals?

2. Are your funds structured in the right way to maximize the many opportunities available to you?

Planned well and managed effectively, we can help you prepare for the retirement lifestyle that you are seeking.

We’ll analyze your current situation and recommend strategies that will help achieve your retirement goals.

Superannuation Advice
Superannuation Advice

Superannuation is the most tax effective means of creating long term savings for Australians.

Due to the lower taxation environment in which superannuation operates, your money has the opportunity to compound and grow at a much higher rate than most other investments.

At Key Financial Planning we can analyse your portfolio and manage your superannuation to maximize your growth.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Is it important to you to ensure your family remains financially secure if anything happens to you?

Life Insurance provides a lump sum payable upon death or terminal illness.
Life insurance is the foundation in a sound Financial Plan for anyone who has debt or dependants.

We can help you structure an insurance portfolio with the appropriate protection to ensure your family’s financial future.

Income Protection
Income Protection

Would you find it difficult to make ends meet without a regular income?

Your ability to earn an income is the corner stone to your lifestyle and savings. What if this was taken away from you due to sickness or accident?

Most of us insure our house or car but few protect our future earning capacity or consider the devastating effect if it was taken away from you.

We can assist you to protect your income so you have the peace of mind to know that you and your family are provided for.

In some situations the premiums paid for Income Protection may be 100% tax deductible.

Aged Care
Aged Care

Whether you are considering aged care for yourself, a family
member, a friend or loved one, it can be a complicated and
emotional process.

With the advice of one of
our Aged Care Specialist Financial Planners, you will be better
placed to make the best decisions about aged care to ensure
both physical and financial wellbeing.
Some major decisions are faced by those considering aged care
and seeking advice helps to understand the complex financial
implications

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About our key personnel

about us
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Rudi Kristiani

Rudi Kristiani

Dip FP, CFP, JP

Certified Financial Planner

ASIC No. 235735

Rudi is a Financial Planner and founder of Key Financial Planning. He founded the business in 1994 and is a qualified Certified Financial Planner. His passion is retirement planning and ensuring his clients achieve their financial goals.

Outside of the office Rudi is an accomplished guitar player and you can catch him playing around the Newcastle area.

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Kelly Menzies

Kelly Menzies

Grad Dip FP, JP

Financial Planner

ASIC No. 1250188

Kelly has worked in the Financial Services industry for the last 15 years. In addition to financial planning, her background includes experience in working with estates and trusts in the fiduciary services and private wealth space. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the Australian Catholic University and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from Finsia. Kelly has been a part of the Key Financial Planning team since April 2013. She enjoys working with clients to educate them on financial matters and make them feel confident about their financial future and what they can achieve.

On her weekends Kelly enjoys supporting local businesses while exploring the various local markets that Newcastle has to offer.

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Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt

Dip FP, CFP, JP

Certified Financial Planner

ASIC No. 259345

Michael has been working in the Financial Industry for over 25 years and has been employed as a Financial Planner since 1998. Michael has completed an Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting) and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He is also a qualified Certified Financial Planner. Michael works in all areas of financial planning, specialising in strategy design including wealth accumulation, retirement planning, asset protection, aged care and self managed super funds.

Away from work, Michael is an avid cyclist and has participated in several charity rides over the years, including a ride from Sydney to Melbourne.

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Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

Dip FP

Senior Paraplanner

Mark Pryor has been in the financial services industry since 1990.  He is the key strategy and research resource within Key Financial Planning.  Mark has been preparing strategies and designing portfolios for over 20 years.

While not at work Mark enjoys spending time with his family and camping.

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Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton

Practice Manager

Sharon is our Practice Manager and has been with Key Financial Planning for over 15 years. Sharon oversees the day to day operations of the business and enjoys managing the dedicated and motivated team. She is committed to ensuring each client has a positive experience and our high standards are upheld.Given Sharon’s extensive background in client services, she has a wide range of knowledge in all administration areas of financial planning.

When not at the office you might see Sharon walking around lovely Lake Macquarie with her treasured dog Jess. Sharon also enjoys visiting her daughters, spending time with family and friends and going away in her caravan.

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Allison Duck

Allison Duck

Personal Assistant

Allison is the Personal Assistant to our senior adviser Michael Spratt. Allison has worked for Key Financial Planning for 5 years and in the Financial Planning industry for 15 years.

Allison is focused on providing exceptional service to all our clients. She enjoys the various challenges her role provides, in particular developing and streamlining administrative processes to improve organisation and efficiency.

Allison has the following qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), Diploma of Financial Services, Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate II in Business (Office Administration), Certificate III in Information Technology, Certificate II in Information Technology.

Away from the office Allison is busy caring for her young family and enjoys supporting her children at their various sporting activities.

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Suellen Hampshire

Suellen Hampshire

Receptionist

Suellen is responsible for our reception at Key Financial Planning and providing assistance for a wide range of administrative requirements. Suellen has previously been administration manager for a general insurance brokerage and prior to that Suellen was administration officer of a metal fabrication company, responsible for providing administrative and accounting support.

Apart from raising her family Suellen also likes to stay fit and regularly participates in a range of sporting activities including triathlons and running events.

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Julie Keevers

Julie Keevers

Bookkeeper & Part Time Receptionist

Julie is our bookkeeper and parttime receptionist and has been part of the Key Financial Planning team for over four years.

Julie is focused on providing a welcoming friendly atmosphere for our clients as well as ensuring they receive the best possible service and outcome.

Julie has a Certificate IV in Accounting and has had over thirty five years experience in clerical administration and accounts across a wide range of industries.

Outside of work Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves jigsaw puzzles, reading and walking or bike riding some of the great Lake Macquarie tracks.

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What our clients say about us

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  • Being a first home buyer, I needed to know exactly what I could afford. Key Financial Planning helped me put together a budget to gather this information. Then once I found my home, they provided support and guidance every step of the way. They offered great advice, answered all of my questions and dealt with all of my concerns. I recommend them highly.

    Rosalie , Occupational therapist
  • Heading into retirement with no idea what to do with our life’s savings, we took the advice and recommendations from a friend and contacted Key Financial Planning. Any skepticism was lost at our first meeting and was replaced with satisfying confidence in their professionalism and dedication. Our finances are now structured to provide for our retirement and our relationship with Key Financial Planning has developed into one of trust and respect through their professionalism, dedication and friendship.

    Robert & Cheryl , Engineer
  • We were surprised at the investment opportunities and tax strategies available through a structured financial plan. We are now comfortably retired with a trusting relationship with our financial adviser who we consider our friend. The ease of slipping from full time work into retirement through our dealings with Key Financial Planning has given us just cause to recommend their services to several of our friends.

    Vic & Di , Retired electrician
  • Key Financial Planning has opened our eyes up to the possibilities for us in investing and have kept communications simple and understandable. If it wasn't for meeting the team at Key Financial Planning our finances and cash flow would not have been structured in a manner that helps to maximize our savings whilst minimizing tax.

    Greg & Lynne , Hotel Brokers
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Our key achievements

Our key achievements

2016 Quality Recognition Award

Nominated by the team that audit your files and set the Licensee Standards. We have a Large Practice Award and a Smaller Practice Award.

KeyFP won the award nationally over all other advisers in Financial Wisdom. There are approx. 360 advisers and 160 businesses nationally.

The Quality Recognition (Large Practice) Award recognises Financial Wisdom practices with teams of three or more advisers who are committed to the highest standards of advice quality.

Mark Ballantyne, General Manager Financial Wisdom and CFP-Pathways says

“At Financial Wisdom, providing quality advice is a given, but what makes Key Financial Planning stand out is how engaged they are with their clients. Clients want to know their trusted adviser has their best interests at heart and can explain complex strategies and concepts with easy-to-understand visuals. The team at Key Financial Planning have done just that, with tools such as the risk profile one page summaries they’ve developed over the years to help their clients make informed decisions.”

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