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I'm looking to start investing and I'm torn between Evestor and Vanguard Lifestrategy. The entry requirements are much higher for Vanguard (£500 upfront and £100/month) while Evestor starts at £1. Is there any benefit of stretching my investment to use the Vanguard fund? Also do you know if I miss a monthly payment, will I be charged?

Charlie | UK | 30/07/2019 | 10

  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Robo Adviser
  • Online Investment Platforms
  • GIA
Michael Akinwotu's Response

I am confused about financial services compensation: I have a SIPP and an ISA with AJ Bell Youinvest, and am about to inherit a sizeable sum. I am already over the £85,000 financial services compensation limit. Should I be worried? Should I set up accounts with multiple platforms, to be covered by the compensation scheme?

Emma | London | 22/07/2019 | 3

  • Private Pension
  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Cash
Anna Sofat's Response

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
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