I've been very, very, very pleased with the results from Hargreaves Lansdown. My adviser consolidated my SIPPs and now, 18 months in and having drawn a pension for that time, the funds are around £100,000 more than when I put them in. I've since brought in other investments, partly because of the poor interest rates on cash. Hargreaves Lansdown has some tremendous systems, so I'm kept right up to date. Elsewhere it was very much dependent on the man but at Hargreaves Lansdown I feel that should my adviser move on - which he assures me he's not planning to - the systems are there to back him up.
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I know what would happen if I did the investing myself: I'd do it for a couple of weeks, then forget, and something would happen in the market that I wouldn't pick up on. So I wanted a managed service, somebody else doing the investing for me. I was happy to pay a fee, my own business was in the service industries (a travel agent) and I know you must be prepared to pay for personal advice.
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However, if it's not clear, call them up, or next time you see them, just ask. They should be able to clearly explain whether they are independent and if they are restricted, the nature of the restriction.
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Doing nothing is why many people struggle to make ends meet. Granted, dealing with financial issues can be daunting. For instance, do you know if your pension will give you enough income when you retire? Or whether you could afford to retire early? Or if your savings could be more tax-efficient? Or how you could help your children or grandchildren financially? But these things have to be faced.
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