Antony Smith & Stephen James

Providus was set up in 2015 by experienced IFA Antony Smith. There are now eight of us in the team, each with different expertise and responsibilities. 

Antony helps clients enhance and protect their wealth, plan their estates and make their businesses stronger and more resilient. 

Before becoming an IFA, Antony ran an IFA practice, and spent time helping clients who’d been mis-sold endowments in the past. This experience made him determined to set up a business that did it better. He became an IFA in 2011, first working with a West End firm, and then moving to a practice in South Woodford in 2014. When the owner of that business retired, Antony decided to form Providus. 

Stephen James joined Providus in December 2015 as a mortgage adviser. He has now progressed to become a financial planner, helping clients identify their goals and plan for the future.

Life’s Not a Straight Line: The Truth About Money

How much money do you need for the rest of your life?

It’s different for everyone and depends on the life that you want to lead, both now and in the future.

Once you understand what you want, you can establish how much you need to earn to support your desired lifestyle, without fear of running out of money, or dying with too much - whatever


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