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Stockmarket meltdown – straight-talking answers to difficult questions

These are unprecedented and scary times. Even the most seasoned investors are feeling nervous. We will do our best to take your questions and share opinions and ideas from our network of financial professionals.

Every day we will tackle a specific question in our new Video Series – Stockmarket Meltdown – and publish your questions (we won’t publish full names or any contact details) with some expert answers.

We are not regulated to give personal financial advice – we can comment generally but can’t give specific answers to detailed personal circumstances, nor suggest any individual investments. Please keep your questions generic and don’t ask us which stocks to buy or sell!

What we can do is to share a general opinion or suggest where you can go for more reading or help.

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My brother is 17 and I have instilled in him to save. He puts £40 a month in and 10% of what he earns. I want him to save for short term and long term. What are the best accounts for him?

Christine | Birmingham | 19/07/2019 | 2

  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Lifetime ISA
Pete Matthew's Response

I am torn between investing in my ISA, and putting money into a personal pension. I know about pension grossing up, and the 25% tax free cash. However I will inevitably pay tax on the 75% which is not tax free. Whereas with the ISA, I don't get the grossing up benefit, but won't pay any tax. What do you think?

Christopher | Staffordshire | 18/07/2019 | 1

  • Private Pension
  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Lifetime ISA
Helena Wardle's Response

I'm thinking of moving into a drawdown SIPP, taking my 25% and leaving the rest invested until I need a regular income in my mid 60s. I am trying to find a financial adviser willing to review my plans, but they all want an ongoing relationship. Where can I find an adviser who will do a one off review? Also I am unsure whether financial investment protection is per fund or per SIPP.

Susan | London | 16/07/2019 | 16

  • Private Pension
  • Pension
  • Workplace Pension
Catherine Morgan's Response

I have an inheritance to invest of £150,000. I am not paying into a pension at the moment but have £125,000 in my pension pot, and have fairly substantial money in Stocks and Shares ISAs. Should I put more into stocks and shares over a 10 year period, add to my pension funds, or invest in bricks and mortar with no mortgage?

Mark | West Midlands | 12/07/2019 | 3

  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Workplace Pension
  • Mortgage
Simon Bullock's Response
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