Alison Renfrew, Authorised Financial Adviser, FSP35961

A Renfrew - Authorised Financial Adviser
Alison Renfrew has a long record of providing financial advice to her clients. 
Alison is one of the most qualified and experienced financial planners in New Zealand

After  graduating from Victoria University with a BSc in 1982 she joined an international financial services company in 1983. Alison sold mainly life insurance and investment products. She was the first woman in the company to qualify for the prestigious Blue Ribbon award in her first year and the first woman to qualify for the Silver Ribbon award. Alison sold her business and moved to the UK in 1989 where she established a new client base in financial services. 

On returning to New Zealand Alison established her own financial planning company where she applied her overseas experience and knowledge. Creating Wealth Limited was established in 1994 and was re-branded in 2005 to the LYFORDs group of companies. LYFORDS markets the leading financial service companies range of products from investments, retirement savings and insurances (life, trauma, income protection, health).

Alison has qualified by examination to be a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Insurance and Investment Advisers, 1998 and qualified by examination to be a Certified Financial Planner, 2001, and is entitled to use the distinctive titles and designations CLU - Chartered Life Underwriter and CFP - Certified Financial Planner, the pinnacle of professional attainment. Alison is the second person and first woman in New Zealand to hold both CLU and CFP.  Fewer than 1% of advisers in New Zealand hold both qualifications. Alison complies with the Continuing Education requirements of the Institute of Financial Advisers.

Alison works with her husband Richard Renfrew, PhD, AFA, CFP in LYFORD Investment Management Limited and LYFORD Financial Services Limited trading as LYFORDS. They have three children Michael, Catherine and Rick.

Alison enjoys helping others to achieve financial independence and fulfil their financial goals. She is a trained opera singer, plays the piano, and enjoys travelling and skiing. Alison has served on the committees of the Wellington Underwater Club, Tararua Tramping Club, Scots College Parents Association (treasurer), and the Institute of Financial Advisers.
Academic Achievements:
  • Bachelor of Science (Victoria University)
  • Diploma in Business Studies - Personal Financial Planning (Massey University)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Life Assurance
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Alison is the second person and first woman in New Zealand to have qualified for CLU and CFP, the pinnacle of professional attainment in the financial services industry.

Certified Financial Planner designation CFPl

Global mark of excellence in financial planning. Certified Financial Planner are marks of the Certified Financial Board of Standards Inc (CFP Board) and are issued by the Institute of Financial Advisers under license. The CFP Board is an independent professional self regulatory body acting to benefit and protect the public in its dealings with persons engaged in providing financial advice by establishing educational, ethical and disciplinary standards, developing and administering examinations within the field of financial planning and authorising individuals who meet its criteria to use the CFP Board's Marks.

Chartered Life Underwriter designation CLU

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) is the highest insurance and personal risk management qualification available to insurance professionals in New Zealand. It is specifically suited to those who specialise in the areas of personal and business insurance. The CLU qualification demonstrates that the holder has a high standard of competence in their chosen profession and it can be expected that the holder will maintain the highest standard of professionalism and ethics when giving advice.

Authorised Financial Adviser:
Alison is an 'Authorised Financial Adviser', registration number 35961 and must comply with the Code of Professional Conduct for Authorised Financial Advisers and obligations under the Financial Markets Act 2008 (including regulations made under the act) and under general law. Under the Financial Advisers (Disclosure) Regulation 2010 a disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge. Alison is a sought after speaker on all aspects of finance and investment and she regularly speaks at corporate and public seminars. She has written numerous articles for newspapers and had her own weekly slot on local television. In 2008 Alison published her book Cover Your Breasts" a story on her journey through breast cancer, described by readers as "didn't know whether to laugh or cry".
New Zealand Certified Financial Planner of the Year Award in 2004.  Finalist in 2002 and 2003.
Lyford Asset Management Ltd - finalist for Financial Alert Advisory Practice of the Year Award in 2005.
Fidelity Life Chairman's Cup 2007 (supreme adviser of the year).
Fidelity Life Honours Shield 2009. Awarded annually to the top broker whose consistent production, support and promotion has enhanced benefits both to the company and policy holders.

Alison's passion for Insurance:
To understand Alison's passion for insurance have a read of the link Alison coping with breast cancer
Institue of Financial Advisers Member
Member of the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA)