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Choosing the right financial adviser

Making the right decisions about your financial situation has never been more important. Knowing who to turn to for financial advice is essential. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional is internationally recognised for having the highest educational and ethical standards in financial planning. So when you want trusted, credible financial advice, look for a CFP® professional.

Daniel Hawke

Daniel Hawke B.COMM, DFS, ADFS, CFP®, JP

Position: Director / Senior Financial Planner


Daniel commenced his employment in the financial services industry in 2000 as a para-planner after gaining a degree in Commerce (Marketing, Economics & Finance)

In 2003 he moved into an advising role for large Wollongong based Financial Planning business before starting up HawkeSmith Private Wealth with long term friend and sporting team mate Ben Smith in 2008.

In addition to a degree Daniel is a Justice of the peace (JP) and has a diploma in Financial services (DFS), Advanced Diploma in Financial services (ADFS) and the highly regarded CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation.

Outside of work he enjoys chasing after his 3 boys, playing for the Bulli over 35s, socialising with friends and spending quality time with his wife Brooke.

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Ben Smith

Ben Smith B.COMM, DFP, CFP®

Position: Director / Senior Financial Planner


Ben commenced employment in the financial services industry in 2000 as an equity lending clerk with Deutsche Bank.

In late 2001 started work as a para-planner for a Wollongong based Financial Planning Firm before moving into an advising role at another Wollongong based firm in 2004.

In late 2008 Ben joined forces with long time friend and colleague Daniel Hawke to establish HawkeSmith Private Wealth.

Ben is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® with a Degree in Commerce (Economics & Finance) and a Diploma in Financial Planning (DFP).

Ben spends his spare time keeping active, coaching at Bulli FC and enjoying time with his wife Mei and two children Max & Stella.

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