Award Winning Advice
The inaugural Financial Planner of the Year award was won by Rodger back in 1999. The awards were established to encourage excellence and professionalism in financial planning and to promote financial planning to the wider public. The Awards were judged on a set of criteria that included competency, professionalism, communication skills, knowledge of current issues and input to the profession.
Retirement Commissioner Colin Blair, chair of the judging panel, said Rodger emerged as the clear winner. “He put forward a comprehensive plan which was well supported by a very satisfied client.” The judges, who also included Reserve Bank deputy governor Rod Carr and financial writer Mary Holm, felt Rodger demonstrated a high level of knowledge about investment issues and helped spread that knowledge through teaching and seminars. As winner Rodger wasn’t eligible to win in future years.
Here are Rodger’s responses to some of the judging criteria:
- Received expert internal company training and personal coaching from IPAC Securities as Director of IPAC (NZ), particularly from working alongside IPAC Chairman Arun Abey and Chief Executive Officer Peeyush Gupta.
- Wrote the original industry IAFP (NZ) education syllabus and competency standards, examined this for the IAFP and trained hundreds of advisers.
- New Zealand Member of the Competency Standards Steering Committee that created the “Competency Standards for Financial Planners in Australia and New Zealand”.
- University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education lecturer in Personal Financial Planning since 1993.
- High level of client acquisition, retention and client size as benchmarked with other advisers.
- Achievement of client financial goals.
- Certified Financial PlannerCM.
- Ethics: Studied ethics and investment at PhD level and in the US, introduced compulsory ethics training at the IAFP, arranged ethics training at conferences and I write and speak, locally and internationally, about ethics.
- Education: PhD, Master of Commerce (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Senior Prize), Chartered Accountant, Diploma of Management. Attended many local and international financial planning conferences and training courses.
- Experience: Since 1988 worked in financial planning as Director of IPAC Securities, IPD Securities and then my own financial planning company, Money Matters (NZ) Ltd. Throughout this time I have advised individuals and I have done this on a full-time basis since 1993.
- Independence. Money Matters is 100% owned by myself and has no ties or ownership with any fund manager or service provider.
- Excellent client communication skills including listening, questioning, clarifying and explaining.
- Write regular client newsletter and quarterly portfolio review letters and numerous other publications, including chapters for two books and media articles.
- Public speaking at personal financial planning seminars and industry conferences.
- Television, radio and other press interviews.
Knowledge of Current Issues
- Participation in regular educational conference calls, meetings and conferences, local and international company and fund manager research, extensive reading, discussions with IPAC Directors and senior personnel along with other experts from financial planning and related fields such as accountancy and law.
- Instrumental in creating forums for exploring current issues such as the New Zealand Ethical Investment Association.
Input to the Profession
- Served IAFP from 1991 to 1998 including Regional Committee Member and Education Convener, National Board Member, Education Director and Chairman.
- International CFP Board of Standards Member and World Financial Planning Forum Member.
- Extensive research, writing and teaching for advisers, other intermediaries and the public.