Michael holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of the Free State and an International Capital Markets Qualification from the London Securities Institute. He is a practicing CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and a member of the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa. Michael started his career in the Financial Services Industry working for a Boutique Stock Broking Firm and Asset Management Company in 1998. The Appleton Group bought out this Firm and subsequently listed to become a Private Client Asset Management, Stock Broking and Financial Advisory Company, where he held the position of Investment Manager, responsible for private client funds. In mid 2002 Appleton was sold to the PSG Group and in early 2003 Michael joined the Liberty Life Management Academy as an Agency Manager. In January 2004 Michael founded Absolut Wealth Management.