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Abacus Wealth Solutions (Financial Planner located in Liverpool - South West Sydney) announces offer of free financial guidance for those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19
We offer tailored financial planning advice that will reward you with a strong and secure financial future.

About Us

Whether you are starting a new family, preparing for retirement, or running a business, we at Abacus Wealth Solutions, will work with you, or your business, to build financial security.
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We provide you with the most appropriate advice tailored to your situation.

We at Abacus Wealth Solutions, will work with you to create a customised plan that helps you manage risk and reach your financial goals through a tailored planning process.

After evaluating your needs, investment comfort level and life stage, Abacus Wealth Solutions will provide a customised financial plan to help you achieve your goals. Our financial plan may consider, amongst other things, wealth creation, insurance to mitigate risks, superannuation, Self-Managed Super Funds, retirement transitioning, aged care and tax-effective strategies.

At Abacus Wealth Solutions, we consider our clients to be at the heart of our business and provide personal solutions to help you reach your financial goals. If you have questions about your financial goals or specific financial products, please contact us and we can set up a time to meet with you. We can discuss our services and review your specific needs and will partner closely with you to build a tailored and easy to understand financial roadmap to help you reach your financial goals.

Meet the Team

John Gregoire


Practice Principal and Senior Financial Adviser

BComm, DipFP, CFP® - JP

John is a Certified Financial Planner and the founder of Abacus Wealth Solutions. With two decades of experience as a Financial Planner, Johns enjoys providing quality and understandable advice to his clients to secure their financial future. He feels an enormous sense of achievement when observing his clients enjoying the benefits earnt from his long term advice.

During his career John has received multiple acknowledgments from industry and feels his greatest achievement is being elected the National Chairman of the CFP Adviser Forum from 2017 to 2019 which was instrumental in assisting all participants in establishing successful financial planning partnerships nationally.

In his spare time, John enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife and their three active sons.

Tracey Shamon


Senior Financial Adviser

BComm, BAppFin, DipFP, CFP®

Tracey has been a financial adviser for 15 years, previously managing a successful boutique financial planning business. Tracey has close relationships with all of her clients, ranging from young adults accumulating wealth to clients planning for, and in, retirement.

She enjoys providing tailored financial strategies for her clients by carefully understanding their needs. Tracey’s focus is on making a positive difference, helping her clients to not only make progress, but to find confidence in their financial affairs.

Away from the office, Tracey’s most important role is being a mother to her daughter, Olivia. Tracey enjoys reading, watching foreign movies and spending time with family and friends

Alex Leclerc


Senior Advice Consultant

BBus

Alex has been in the Financial Planning profession for many years and has worked alongside John since 2001.

He comes with a strong technical background, having worked as a Financial Planner across many of Australia’s leading financial institutions over his extensive and diverse career. In addition to his deep knowledge of all financial planning matters, Alex’s strengths include his ability to connect well with our clients and to make them feel understood and well looked after. Alex holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

During his spare time, he loves spending time with his grandkids and escaping the city to go skiing and enjoys spending time on the North Coast of NSW with his adored wife.

Darren La-Spina


Financial Adviser

Adv DipFP

Darren takes a holistic approach when providing financial advice to his clients and is a firm believer that through detailed planning and regular reviews, financial advice will serve to alleviate financial pressure in times of need. Darren provides personalised financial advice, working closely with clients to establish financial pathways to meet their short and long-term financial objectives, he also holds a passion for creating retirement strategies for his clients to help them achieve their financial freedom and financial goals in retirement. His areas of expertise include financial planning, personal insurance, superannuation, retirement planning and income streams and wealth creation.

When not at work, Darren enjoys spending time with family and catching up with friends. Other interests include exercising, travelling with his wife.

Steven Homairi


Client Services Manager

Steve oversees the management of Abacus’s administration team, and coordinates our client focused approach to communication. Before joining Abacus in 2014, Steve worked in the Banking & Finance industry for 20+ years in a variety of roles including Business Banking, Corporate Banking and Private Banking. In his spare time, Steve spends his time travelling with his wife and two children.

Melina Gregoire


Compliance Manager

BBus, LLB, GradCertProfLegalPrac

Melina is the Compliance Manager at Abacus Wealth Solutions. Melina is responsible for supporting the Abacus Wealth team to ensure that all client advice is compliant with current legislation and regulations. Prior to joining Abacus, Melina was a Solicitor at several leading Sydney law firms. During her spare time, Melina enjoys spending time with her three children, decorating her home and travelling.

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Your Financial Journey

At different stages in your life, issues will arise that will impact on the attainment of your short and long term financial goals. The services we supply are designed to manage your changes and to ensure we keep you on the right track.

We listen to your situation and goals to develop a unique plan that suits your lifestyle.

Our Services

We pride ourselves on providing unique and tailored solutions to meet your key goals and objectives, as well as offering guidance to help keep you on track towards those goals.

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Abacus Wealth provides financial advice to thousands of clients Australia wide. We offer tailored financial advice and a competitive fee structure. Our initial consultation is complementary.

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Young Independents

You are gaining financial independence and saving for the next best thing - either a car, an overseas adventure or for your first home. You have no dependents and your first priority is furthering your career to support your savings as well as a relatively expensive social and recreational lifestyle.

Set out below are examples of what you need to consider when managing your affairs. Starting a financial plan to help you map out how to best manage these matters is a great start. Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Protecting income in the event of accident or illness to be able to fund:

Starting an investment portfolio and or a savings plan to work towards:

Business Succession

To ensure the ongoing success of your business you need to effectively plan for the future.

What would happen to your business if you suddenly lost a partner, director or other key person due to disability, trauma, death or even retirement?

By implementing an effective succession plan for your business, you can avoid some of the potential problems that can arise from the loss of key personnel. Problems, that in some cases, could lead to the failure of a business.

Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Set out below are examples of what you need to consider when managing your affairs.

Things to consider:

Asset Protection

Provides cover for "Capital Purpose" debt in the event of the death or disability of a Business Principal or key person.

Identifying your needs:

Shareholder or Director Loan:

Revenue Protection

Provides cover for the loss of Revenue generated by a Key Person in the event of their death or disability.

A key person is:

Who is the person in the firm that the success and profitability mainly depends?

What would be the effect on your business if this key person died or was disabled?

What cash is required to compensate for loss of revenue and replacement costs?

If there was a way to provide you with a cash cushion to offset loss of profits if he or she dies or becomes disabled, would you want to know about it?

Ownership Protection

Provides funding for Business Succession in the event of the death or disability of a business principal.

If there was a way to purchase at an agreed price, and that the money was available when needed with.

Developing Professionals

Living independently, you rely on your income to give you the control and security you want. You are wealth accumulators, working towards saving for your future goals. You have disposable cash and you choose to spend it on personal needs, leisure and travel. Your health and appearance are important to you.

Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Budgeting, cash flow and debt reduction.

Protecting income in the event of accident or illness to be able to fund their:

  • Debt repayments
  • Travel
  • Savings
  • Bills and Cost of Living
  • investments and negative gearing
  • Lifestyle and entertainment.

Protecting yourselves against financial hardship in the event of death, disability or major illness by taking out:

  • Life insurance
  • Total and permanent disablement insurance
  • Trauma insurance.

Starting an investment portfolio and or a savings plan to work towards:

  • Purchasing property (own/invest)
  • Traveling overseas
  • Building wealth over the long term using tax effective strategies
  • Retirement.

Young Families

You are busy with young children and trying to secure the dream of owning your own home outright. Many young families are trying to accumulate wealth through house renovations and/or investments but your main priority is providing for your family. Your mortgage repayments can restrict your otherwise healthy incomes.

Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Budgeting, cash flow and debt reduction.

Protecting income in the event of accident or illness to be able to fund:

Protecting family against financial hardship in the event of death, disability or major illness by taking out:

Starting an investment portfolio and or a savings plan to work towards:

Mature Families

You are a family with teenage children. You are working towards owning your own home and accumulating investments. Your disposable cash is limited due to your children’s expenses, however you are experiencing more free time and enjoy spending money on cars and holidays. You are all too aware of maintaining good health.

Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Budgeting, cash flow and debt reduction.

Protecting income in the event of accident or illness to be able to fund their:

Protecting themselves and their families against financial hardship in the event of death, disability or major illness by taking out:

Building on their investment portfolios and savings plans to work towards:

Pre-Retirees & Retirees

You may still be working and have paid off the majority of your mortgage. Accumulating wealth for your retirement through superannuation is your main priority. You also enjoy spending money on travel and other luxuries you couldn’t afford earlier. As well as this, you may provide a moderate level of financial support to your children. Your health and insurance is of great importance to you as, with age, the likelihood of illness increases.

It's never to late to start planning for the best future you can afford. Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Budgeting, cash flow and debt reduction.

Protecting income in the event of accident or illness to be able to fund their:

Protecting themselves and their families against financial hardship in the event of death, disability or major illness by taking out:

Building on their investment portfolios and savings plans to work towards:

Aged Care

Considering your aged care options or those of your parents as part of your plan for retirement? It may seem too early to think about a future you can’t imagine, but the reality is, and experience has shown, that it’s probably too late to consider aged care when the need for it has actually arrived.

It's never to late to start planning for the best future you can afford. Why not ask us how we can help you work out the best plan for you?

Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Things to consider:

Aged Care Advice


Considering Aged Care for yourself or a loved one is extremely difficult. It may seem too early to think about a future you can’t imagine, but planning ahead will give you great peace of mind.

If you or a loved one has reached the stage where some form of aged care is needed, then you’ll have many things to consider. Sometimes family and friends will be able to help with things like shopping, cooking or transport, but there are several professional aged care packages available.

John, our Practice Principal, has a keen interest and truly enjoys assisting clients with any transition into additional care. We will:

By thinking ahead early, you can consider alternative options and put a plan in place that reduces the emotional stress for you and your family. We will help you reach the right outcome so you can live the best life you can – whether it’s in your own home or a care facility. We will specifically develop a plan for you which considers the impact of aged care on your loved ones financial affairs. We also have positive relationships making any transition as smooth as possible.

When considering Aged Care your first consultation with us is complementary. After determining your needs and objectives with you, we will be able to provide you with a highly competitive and fixed fee quote for our personalised Aged Care advice.

If you're seeking advice on aged care, please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Personal Insurance Solutions

Personal Insurance is an essential investment in your financial security.

Life Insurance will provide a lump sum benefit to your financial dependents or beneficiaries in the event of your death or terminal illness. This benefit will help reduce financial and emotional hardship as it may be used to cover your loved ones living expenses and any outstanding debt that you may have. This means that your loved ones can maintain their current standard of living in the event of your death or terminal illness.

Income Protection or Small Business Insurance is a type of insurance that pays out a steady stream of income on a monthly basis in the unforeseen event that you become disabled and are unable to work because of an illness or injury. This benefit will ensure that the financial and emotional impact of an unforeseen event are minimised.

We can help you consider the policies best suited to your needs and the level of cover that will ensure that your loved ones are well cared for should the unforeseen occur.

At Abacus Wealth we know how to protect your wealth and will recommend solutions that best suit your needs. Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Self-managed Superannuation Fund Advice


Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) offer a good strategy option for many individuals, families and small business owners to build tax effective wealth and to protect assets over time. SMSFs are becoming popular for those who are ready to take control of their own super investments as they give you ultimate control and flexibility to manage your retirement benefits.

It must be noted though, that you will have increased responsibilities as a trustee of the fund. As a SMSF Trustee you need to keep up to date with all required regulations and keep up with the fast paced financial markets.

Abacus Wealth can work with you to understand your personal financial situation and decide whether a SMSF structure is appropriate for you. We will also make sure your assets are invested in the most effective way to maximise your retirement benefits.

It is generally agreed that there are a number of benefits of an SMSF but it is important that you also understand that an SMSF may not suit your situation, see below for some of the reasons why.

Benefits:

Disadvantages:

Running and managing a SMSF may not be suitable to everyone. For example, many of the advantages are also a disadvantage. Costs may be relatively high, there can be too much flexibility for prudent investing, remaining on top of trustee responsibilities can be complex and time consuming, and poor personal knowledge of the investment landscape can have serious consequences.

Should you wish to consider establishing a SMSF then we can help with:

At Abacus Wealth, we will provide the time and expertise needed to help you implement the best financial strategy possible. Please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Retirement Planning


Retiring on your own terms is not always easy to achieve, however it is evident that those who plan for retirement are more likely to do so. Research also shows that obtaining professional help during the pre-retirement years further improves the probability of attaining your retirement objectives. The earlier you start implementing a plan the better the outcomes.

Retirement planning is about the lifestyle you will have after you stop work. Planning focuses on issues such as how much superannuation is enough, taking a super pension, making superannuation contributions while receiving a pension from a super fund, estate planning and looking after your family.

We can also assist with claiming the Aged Pension. Planning properly is becoming even more important now we are expected to live longer. This greater need means that professional help has never been more important as well. At Abacus Wealth we will provide the time and expertise needed to help you implement the best financial strategy possible.

When considering Retirement Planning your first consultation with us is complementary. After determining your needs and objectives with you, we will be able to provide you with a highly competitive and fixed fee quote for our personalised Retirement Planning advice.

If you're interested in beginning the journey in planning for retirement, please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Gearing and Lending Advice


Many of our clients borrow money to invest. This is known as ‘gearing.’ If you have borrowed money to invest and you’re making a profit, you are positively geared. If you’re making a loss, you are negatively geared. Negative gearing is a popular tax minimisation strategy. If you are borrowing to invest, choosing a positively geared investment will increase your income and increase your overall return on investment.

Some benefits of Gearing:

One form of gearing is margin lending. A margin loan is a line of credit that allows you to borrow money to invest. You can leverage an existing portfolio or create a new investment portfolio to help meet your financial goals.

A margin loan lets you borrow money to invest and uses your shares or managed funds as security. It can help you increase your returns but it needs to be managed very closely as there are margin call risks should the asset value drop.

If you’d like to discuss how gearing and margin lending can help develop your investment plans then please contact us to discuss your thoughts further: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

Centrelink Advice

Centrelink Age Pension

We provide professional assistance for individuals and families with navigating the Centrelink age pension options and benefits. Whether you're looking to help a loved one or in need of solutions for yourself we're here to help you.

As your appointed Agent we can help in the following ways:

If you're seeking advice on aged care, please contact us to discuss: info@abacusws.com.au or phone on (02) 9734 6111.

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