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Peter Harten, CFP®, Certified Financial Planner

Peter Harten, CFP®

Certified Financial Planner

BDO Johannesburg





“I have watched our industry evolve from a policy-flogging approach into financial planning. At BDO, the advice is the product, rather than an insurance policy or an investment. It’s a shift of mindset from hitting sales targets, to building long-term relationships, developing a more holistic view, where you look at all aspects of the client’s financial affairs. I had a major accident in 2008, where I damaged my spinal cord in the neck. So today I’m a quadriplegic. I spent several months in ICU and in rehab, at a period that coincided with the global financial crisis. That whole scenario was interesting because I was now the client. I was disabled, but I had a business to run, staff to look after, family and children to school. Luckily, I had a good advisor – myself! The fact that I emerged from that experience intact, with my finances still healthy, is testament to the plans that had been put in place. I advise my clients on the same principles that have served me well in my life.”


Peter was an insurance broker from 1986, running independent life, short term and employee benefits brokerage. He then transitioned into lifestyle financial planning in 1994, specialising in advising high net worth individuals. It was in 2014 that he then joined BDO as a financial planner.


  • Certified Financial Planner®
  • Chartered Accountant South Africa


Areas of interest include risk, investment and estate planning geared to helping clients to achieve their lifetime goals.