Jacqueline and Hugh McDowall’s retirement dream to buy a bed and breakfast business turned into a financial nightmare.
Due to poor financial advice from a Westpac planner, the nurse and truck driver lost their family home pursuing a dream that was never going to become a reality.
The plan was to put their combined $200,000 in superannuation into a self-managed super fund and use it to buy a property to live in and operate the B&B.
They were excited and confident they were getting professional advice after meeting with a senior Westpac financial planner in 2015, Ms McDowall told the banking royal commission on Thursday.
That was even before a business banker told them: “You’re in the right place. I’m the moneyman. I’m the one who can lend you up to $2 million.”
The McDowalls sold their Melbourne home, using the proceeds to clear the hefty mortgage and set up the SMSF.
They also took out the recommended new life, income protection and other insurance policies – costing almost $27,000 a year in premiums – and paid more than $5000 upfront for advice that also attracted an ongoing $3000 annual fee.
They then learned they could not borrow what they needed.
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