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“Insurance semantics misleading clients” March 6, 2014

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Meike was featured today, 6/3/2014, in IFA Magazine in an article about Australian’s misunderstanding the insurance they have within their super.

“Poor life insurance terminology by superannuation funds is creating a false impression among clients that they will be covered in the event of an illness, says a risk adviser.

The comments by Suggars & Associates adviser Meike Suggars back up recent Zurich research which show Australians are ‘mis-informed’ about life insurance – and are either uninsured or ‘mis-insured’ as a result.

Ms Suggars said her clients are often misled to believe that the life insurance in their super fund will pay them in the event of illness.

“I think that’s because often a superannuation insurance statement will say that it includes terminal illness,” Ms Suggars said.

“But there is no further explanation in the statement as to what that means,” she said – adding that semantics and terminology are often at the heart of the confusion…”

Meike Suggars in IFA Magazne

IFA Magazine, 6 March 2014

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“‘Cheap shot’ at upfront commission” November 27, 2013

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Meike was quoted today, 27/11/2013, in Wealth Professional in an article about insurer sustainability and commissions.

Ever-savvy customers are shopping around for the best life insurance deals and advisers are getting “blamed” for being greedy with upfront commissions.

Last week, Suncorp managing director Patrick Snowball told a business lunch in Sydney that adviser business models have become reliant on high upfront commissions and this is unsustainable.

But Suggars & Associates risk adviser Meike Suggars, who has been in the risk industry for four years, told Wealth Professional if she had not been able to take upfront commissions she would not have been able to start up her business.

She disagrees upfront commissions are too high, and says although it is easy to blame advisers, the issue of insurance sustainability is much bigger than just commissions…”

Meike Suggars discusses commissions

Wealth Professional, 27 November 2013

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“RiskInfo Case Study: Mentoring” July 27, 2013

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Meike was featured in RiskInfo in a case study looking at mentoring within the financial services industry.

“A shared interest in social media and technology led James Sutherland and Meike Suggars to embark on a mentoring relationship. Three years on, having both experienced significant growth in their personal and professional development, they share what they believe is the key to making a mentoring relationship work…

…Suggars and Sutherland met at an Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) Conference three years ago and immediately connected.  After chatting about all things social media, and having realised they could learn from one another’s experiences, they agreed to set up a regular, monthly catch-up.

“Our conversations generally involve bouncing ideas off one-another, and talking through challenges or opportunities within each of our businesses,” says Sutherland…”

Meike Suggars Mentoring Case Study Riskinfo

RiskInfo, July 2013

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“Future of finance is in younger advisers” July 8, 2013

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Meike was featured today, 5/07/2013, in the Australian Financial Review magazine in a profile story covering her entry and early success in the financial advice industry.

“Meike Suggars was not initially interested in following her father Jeff Suggars’s footsteps into financial advice.

‘I did marketing at uni and Dad asked me when I was finishing up if I would like to join his business, at which point I quite rudely said, ‘No, I’ve just spent four years studying marketing, so that’s what I’m going to do,’ ’ she says.

After eight or nine years in that line of work, Suggars was ready for a change. She was living in London and wanted to come home.

‘I decided I wanted to explore other options than marketing, so the idea of working with Dad reared its head again,’ she says….”

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Meike Suggars profile in AFR

Australian Financial Review, 5 July 2013

“Banks shift gears on technology spend” June 3, 2013

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Meike was quoted today, 3/06/2013, in the Financial Standard in an article covering the use of technology in the delivery of financial advice.

“There is a role for large players and there is a role for smaller players in the industry, but in terms of providing scaled service and supporting advisers, you actually need to have a strong and robust infrastructure.”

Financial adviser Meike Suggars from Suggars & Associates says that she started using a tablet on December 2011 and has since then doubled the efforts to reduce paper in the office and work through online applications.

“I started in a paper-based business, but I soon wanted to use digital resources,” she says.

“Applications and technology are definitely improving the way we work today.”

 

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“Financial Planner Profiles: Meike Suggars, Suggars and Associates” February 19, 2013

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Meike was featured today, 18/2/13, in Money Management, in a story covering her career as a financial adviser.

After making a career change, Meike Suggars is preparing to take over the family risk practice as her father nears retirement.

Why did you get into financial planning?

I got into financial planning because my dad’s been in the risk industry since 1990 and I wanted a change of career.

I had grown up with it in my house, and saw how my dad was able to support the family financially without sacrificing his family life.

I studied marketing at university but wanted something that was more flexible and would fit better with my life — something that I felt was more meaningful….”

Meike Suggars profile in Money Management

Money Management , 18 February 2013

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“Financial advisers recognised for social media strategy” November 16, 2012

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Meike was mentioned today, 16/11/2012, in the Financial Standard in an article covering the first SMILEYS Awards.

“…’The Conversationalist’ Prize went to Sutherland, a self-confessed technology buff who’s behind the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) social media push, alongside another financial adviser Meike Suggars…”

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“AFA names Rising Star finalists” October 3, 2012

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Meike was featured today, 3/10/2012, in the Financial Standard in an article covering the finalists of the AFA Rising Star Award 2012.

“The Association of Financial Advisers has named the five finalists in the 2012 Rising Star of the Year Award.

The Award is particularly about finding, showcasing and celebrating talent in advisers who are at the start of their careers and who have made a valuable contribution to their community and industry.

The 2012 finalists include Angus Gallagher at Knightcorp Life Insurance & Wealth Management, Cameron Forbes at Forbes Financial Planning, Matt Hale at Financial Design for Life Meike Suggars at Suggars & Associates and Scott Mitton at RI Advice.

Richard Klipin, chief executive of the Association of Financial Advisers said the Award continues to uncover great talent across Australia…”

Meike Rising Star in Financial Std

Financial Standard, 3 October 2012

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“Life after brand management: Meike Suggars” September 20, 2010

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Meike was featured today, 20/09/2010, in Marketing Magazine in a profile article on ex-marketing professionals.

“In this careers feature, Liz, Foster asks the question, with the number of corporate marketing roles shrinking as you climb the ladder, where do all the brand managers go?

Who?
Meike Suggars, financial/insurance adviser at Suggars & Associates.

When and where did you work in marketing?
I started in a sales role for (then) IT/infrastructure company, Bwired, and graduated to product manager. When I moved to London in 2003 I was marketing assistant for a webhost, and was quickly promoted to UK marketing manager when my boss resigned a month after employing me. My most satisfying marketing role was my last, at steel trade publication, Steel Business Briefing.

Highest marketing level reached?
Global head of marketing…”

Meike Suggars profile in Marketing Magazine

Marketing Magazine, 20 September 2010

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