Financial education as a mission
Spain was one of the countries that was most seriously affected by the 2008 financial crisis. The country struggled with high unemployment, a fall in GDP and the collapse of the property market. Set against this backdrop, sound financial education seems all the more important. This is also the way OVB advisor Luis Ignacio Fernández Irigoyen sees it. His goal is to help the Spanish population get a better understanding of financial issues, thereby giving them the capacity to make the right decisions when it comes to providing for their futures.
A passionate OVB advisor
Luis started working for OVB five years ago and has not regretted it for a moment. “The service and the objectivity of the customer advice were the main reasons that led to my decision to join OVB,” explains Luis. “Furthermore, the company can draw on 50 years of experience. That’s something we can all benefit from today.” A further benefit of his role is his colleagues, he tells us. “I love my team! My colleagues make my everyday work considerably easier, allowing us to focus 100 percent on the most important thing – the needs of our clients,” says Luis.
Financial literacy is the key to prosperity
Despite the recent financial crisis, the level of financial education in Spain is rather low. For this reason, Luis has made it his mission to help people plan and organise their financial affairs – whether or not they are his clients. To ensure that he reaches the largest possible audience, he often appears as a guest on TV and radio shows. “I try to present financial themes – which generally tend to be quite dry – in a way that is easy for the audience to comprehend. After all, people can only make intelligent decisions about their finances, and achieve prosperity, if they are well-informed,” the OVB advisor tells us.
The more the better
Luis is always looking for new people to join him in his mission. “The bigger my team, the more people we can reach and educate financially,” says Luis. His only regret is that he didn’t start working for OVB sooner. “Although you can start a career with this company at any age, I know that I would have been even more successful today if I had started working for OVB earlier.” This is also why Luis strongly urges young people in particular, who may still be at university or looking for their first position, to consider coming to work for OVB. “It’s not easy to find a company that offers so many advantages. Joining OVB was one of the best decisions of my life.”