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Reviews and Ratings for Financial adviser Antony Smith, London

Antony Smith

Director and Chartered Financial Planner

At work

Before founding Providus, Antony worked on Endowment review from 2005-2007, helping clients who had been mis-sold endowments in the past. He then spent six months working at his dad’s button wholesale business before becoming General Manager for a West End IFA practice in central London.

Antony then became an Independent Financial Adviser for the same practice at the end of 2011. He left in 2014 to move to a firm that was closer to home, enabling him to spend more time with his young family. The firm closed in 2015 when the owner retired, and Antony then set up Providus in the same year.

All of this experience gave Antony the desire to do things differently, putting clients’ interests firmly in the centre of the financial planning process.

Today, Antony specialises in working with fellow business owners, high-earning families and people planning for retirement. His combination of solid technical knowledge and practical experience enables him to make a real difference to clients’ lives.

Qualifications

Diploma in Financial Planning

Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

Certificate in Financial Planning

Certificate in Equity Release

Certificate in Mortgage Advice

Certificate in Life & Pensions

Award in Long Term Care Insurance

At home

Outside work, Antony loves spending time with his family: at home, on days out and holidays. When away, Antony enjoys exploring new places and cultures; he also has a particular love of scuba diving.

Antony also loves watching and playing sport, and can often be found at Walthamstow Parkrun, playing football, going to the gym and practicing yoga.He ran the London Marathon in April 2019, raising nearly £3,000 for Wessex Cancer Trust in the process. He now has the marathon bug and has signed up for the Manchester Marathon in April 2020 which means that he has to fit in a long training run every week as well. You’ll also find him cheering on his son’s football team (which Providus proudly sponsors!) most Sunday mornings.

Additionally, Antony enjoys reading books on personal development and listening to podcasts on the move. If there’s any time left after all that, you can find him relaxing in front of a good film or box set.

The important stuff

All regulated financial advisers must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and therefore appear on their register. You can find Antony’s entry here.

Furthermore, all advisers must have an up-to-date Statement of Professional Standing (SPS). This shows they are suitably qualified and have carried out the required amount of Continuous Professional Development (CPD). You should be wary of any advisers who refuse to provide copies of their SPS. You can click here to view Antony’s.

Antony’s testimonials

  • Alan and Beverley, Highams Park
    My husband and I approached Providus Financial towards the end of 2017, seeking advice on our pension planning and how to fund some home improvements. We met Antony for an initial (free) consultation where he took very comprehensive details about our finances and circumstances. A short while later we met again where he offered us excellent solutions and advice to our immediate needs. He had also forecast our circumstances forward to show our finances into retirement and also gave us some great advice regarding our estate and personal care which we found extremely helpful. We are now working on our home improvements and have the comfort of knowing that we have sufficient funds around us to give us peace of mind into our retirement. There was no "hard sell" and everything has been documented for future reference. Since our initial meetings, we have found the whole team at Providus friendly and approachable and I'm happy to recommend them to anyone seeking truly independent and comprehensive financial advice.
    Alan and Beverley, Highams Park
    Clients since 2017
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