Investment Advice

Selecting and managing the correct investment strategy is vital to ensure your financial goals are met. No matter if you are looking to receive an income, growth or both, good investment advice is vital for a positive outcome. The investment advisers we work on behalf of can offer new investment advice and ongoing support to ensure your money is working well.

Perhaps you have an existing share portfolio that may benefit from a full review, different management approach, or you may be seeking new investment opportunities within your investment strategy. Working together with a qualified and regulated investment adviser can create and manage a bespoke share portfolio which is built to match your risk profile and meet any specific investment requirements.


3 Things to consider before investing


Should I invest?

Do you have enough money saved for emergencies before committing to investments.

How much should I invest?

Consider how much you would like to invest comfortably to reach your goals.

Where should I invest?

You should consider how risk-averse you are and how ethical an investment you would like to make.
The value of investments and any income they generate can go down as well as up, meaning you may not get back what you invest. You can access your money if you need to, however, you should consider investing for at least 5 years.


What can I invest in?

You can invest in anything, some of the mainstream investments include:
  • Shares
  • Bonds
  • Funds
  • Property
  • Government Bonds also known as Gilts
There are also more exotic investments which include:
  • Vintage cars
  • Wines
  • Art
  • Farmland

ISAs

Individual savings accounts (ISAs), let you save money and earn interest on up to £20,000 without paying any tax on what you earn. You receive an allowance for every tax year (currently the allowance is £20,000), which you can put into a number of different types of ISA.

Cash ISA

Cash ISAs are protected from tax (subject to the annual savings limit) most allow fast access to your money when required.

Fixed rate ISA

A fixed-term ISA offers tax-free savings if you lock the money away and don't withdraw any, you will receive a better interest rate.

Lifetime ISA

Lifetime ISAs are intended for people aiming to buy their first home or save for their retirement.

Stocks & shares ISA

A stocks and shares ISA allows you tax-free returns on stocks and shares investments, the investment is managed by a fund manager.

Self select ISA

Self-select ISA is very similar to a stocks and shares ISA except you’ll choose the shares you hold in your ISA instead of a fund manager

Innovative finance ISA

Innovative finance ISAs let you earn tax-free interest on peer-to-peer loans


Investment Bonds

How do investment bonds work?

Bonds are issued by governments and corporations when they want to raise money. By buying a bond, you're giving the issuer a loan, and they agree to pay you back the face value of the loan on a specific date, and to pay you periodic interest payments along the way, usually twice a year.



A word of caution


Investing can be risky, the rewards can be great, but you could lose all your money. All investments come with the following warning 'Past performance is no indicator of future success'. Getting got advice should negate some of the risks and potentially give you a better outcome.
You should also be extra cautious when considering unregulated investments as they are not subject to the same scrutiny and controls that regulated investments are.

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