The main steps in financial planning are:

Understanding you and your current situation

In order for your Bridges financial planner to be able to provide advice relevant to your situation, they will need to obtain the following information on you:

  • Your superannuation situation
  • Your assets (list your investments and property) and your liabilities (mortgages and loans)
  • Your total income (wages, salary, interest, rentals and dividends)
  • Your living expenses (food, clothing, general expenses and holidays)
  • Insurance Attitude to risk
  • Are you risk adverse or prepared to accept a certain level of risk? 

Setting goals & objectives

What is it that you want to achieve from your investments? Do you have a short or long term focus?

Some common goals include:

  • Saving for a deposit
  • Paying off a first home
  • Saving smarter through a more appropriate investment program
  • Investing superannuation tax-effectively
  • Planning for retirement, including rollovers, annuities and pensions
  • Transferring wealth to children
  • Maintaining a lifestyle in the event of redundancy and early retirement

Identify critical success factors and barriers to achieving your goals

The next step will be to review your goals and compare them to your current situation. They will highlight the areas critical to achieving your goals and the financial barriers that need to be overcome.

Identification of possible strategies

Your Bridges financial planner will then identify and explain various strategies which will assist you to achieve your goal. They could include actions within the following areas:

  • Asset allocation strategies - changing your mix of property, domestic and international shares, bonds and cash
  • Tax strategies – taking advantage of potential negative gearing opportunities and savings in income tax and capital gains tax
  • Superannuation strategies – contribution and withdrawal adjustments, Reasonable Benefit Limit considerations
  • Risk management strategies – ensuring you have suitable insurance and estate planning so your income and assets are always properly protected
  • Social Security strategies - to maximise your income support entitlements

Implementing the agreed strategy

Your Bridges financial planner will then assist you to implement your agreed strategy. This could involve:

  • Buying or selling investments
  • Restructuring current loans or taking out new loans to reinvest
  • Redirecting savings into Superannuation
  • Buying additional insurance


Transport Mutual is proud to offer you the services of Bridges.

Bridges is a leading and highly respected wealth management business which can provide you with advice on wealth creation, pre and post retirement planning, risk insurance, estate planning, margin lending, stockbroking services and much more. With over 65 offices and more than 180 planners, Bridges is one of Australia’s largest financial planning and stockbroking groups, providing financial planning services to credit union and building society members since 1985.

Most people are aware that they need professional financial advice but are unsure of where to start.

The quest isn’t simply to find a planner but more importantly, to find a planner you feel you can trust. A Bridges financial planner will provide you with advice that meets your needs and will continue to offer advice and service, long after the initial investment has been made.

Ongoing review and monitoring of your strategy

As you progress through life, your circumstances and goals change. It is important that you regularly review your plan with your financial planner to ensure that it continues to be relevant.

Why choose Transport Mutual Credit Union?