Private Client Adviser
Darren is a Private Client Adviser in the North Sydney office for the Shadforth Financial Group.
Education and experience
Darren is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® practitioner and is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Darren has often achieved industry recognition, including being awarded first place in the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor Master Class for Financial Planning in 2010, and being among the top 50 advisers in following years.
Darren completed studies in accounting before becoming a financial adviser in 1997.
Darren is dedicated to his role, where he enjoys working with you to identify what is really important about money to you. This allows Darren to help you achieve your goals, accumulate real wealth and increase your security. Darren specialises in helping you take control of your cash flows and putting the right strategies into place while also advising on and actively managing investment portfolios, personal insurances and financing.
Outside of work
Away from work, Darren is the Head Instructor/Founder at Quantum Martial Arts, where he has achieved his fourth Dan Black Belt. Darren is also training with the intention of competing in the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon one day. Darren is happily married to Betty and they live on Sydney's lower north shore.
Malcolm and I commend Darren on his thoroughness and willingness to listen to our needs. Darren has obviously worked extremely hard on our portfolio and both Malcolm and I find him to be attentive and easy to talk to.
M and R Ball, Ryde, New South Wales
Darren critically examines my investments on a regular basis and promptly advises of any shifts and advantageous rebalancing suggestions for my portfolio. The periodic face-to-face reviews are especially valuable.
F Barr-David, Sydney, New South Wales
Darren is excellent at listening to our needs and thoughts for the present and the future and helping us to plan around it. We look forward to our regular reviews, it helps us to stay in touch with our planning, monitor our progress and feel confident about our financial future. Darren and the Shadforth Financial Group give us confidence by their professional approach they have in dealing with their clients. We like the openness of having access to our portfolio via the use of the web page, knowing exactly what is happening to our portfolio and what our fees are. We feel Darren and the Shadforth team are proactive, professional and deal with integrity. We have every confidence with Shadforth planning for our retirement and recommend them whenever we can.
T and K Carey, New South Wales
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Blogs by Darren Higgs
23 Nov 2015
Watching as an adult, there are fantastic life lessons and moral values in these movies. There are even terrific financial lessons in the messages.
16 Oct 2015
Recently I attended the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. Not only did I enjoy viewing the exhibitions, but I also enjoyed reading the descriptions next to each painting. I am a 'mindset' type of person.
18 Sep 2015
Why not set your next financial goals while things are good?
28 Aug 2015
The investment markets have had a pretty good run over the last few years. A lot of people have forgotten about the events of 2008 ('what Global Financial Crisis?'). However, a little bit of nervousness has entered peoples' minds with fears around Greece and China.
10 Aug 2015
The main thing I enjoy about being a financial adviser at Shadforth Financial Group is the sense of community among our client base and our staff. It really is one big family, where everybody enjoys each other's successes and commiserates in others' struggles. It is fun to be around.
12 Jun 2015
Financial planning is more than just picking some good investments (although, I concede this is fun). The real essence of financial planning is to achieve all of the things that are important to you.
10 Oct 2013
I hate talking about morbid subjects such as death, however, having recently helped a client's family, I want to discuss a little known strategy called 'anti-detriment payments'. This strategy can help your family and increase the value of your estate.
24 Sep 2013
Whether talking about sport or industry, the qualities that make a perfect player or employee (whatever level you are at, from beginner to CEO) are the same.
16 Sep 2013
I have a 'friend' who was very, very lucky that his mother was willing to assist him in getting a financial headstart (thanks, Mum). My friend was also very lucky that the father of his girlfriend at the time was also very helpful with financial advice (thanks, Charlie).
12 Sep 2013
In my previous blog, I suggested that renting and investing could be a better financial option than buying a home outright.
02 Sep 2013
It used to be the 'Great Australian Dream'.... finish school, build a career, meet the love of your life, buy a home and start a family.
14 Aug 2013
I love financial planning. You can actually assist people meeting their needs and goals. There is a personal satisfaction in seeing others live their life they want to. It is why I believe I have the best 'job' in the world.
12 Jun 2013
Over the last year, the Australian share markets is up by around 22% and the listed property markets is up by around 30%. Even the less volatile, more conservative bond markets are up by around 7%. These return numbers are certainly high. However, are they the highest numbers I have seen over the last 12 months? No, not even close. So what are?
12 Apr 2013
You have probably noticed that in my last two blogs, I have not mentioned financial structures (such as family trusts, companies, self managed superannuation funds.) Nor have I mentioned financial strategies (such as superannuation contributions, loan repayments, insurances, estate planning) or specific investments!
11 Apr 2013
In my first blog I discussed the questions you need to ask yourself to determine your goals. In my second blog I'll focus on how, in conjunction with your financial adviser, you can build a decision-making framework to achieve them.
10 Apr 2013
In my role as a Private Client Adviser I see and hear a lot of misunderstandings about the financial planning process. This ranges from the BBQ conversation about the "killing" somebody made on an investment, to the media suggesting their readers go in a certain direction, even though they are writing for the broad masses.