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AJ Bell Youinvest Review

as of 06/06/2019 at 2:39 pm

Holly's View

Good all-rounder for people who want a choice of funds/shares/ISAs and pensions. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and the result is a much-improved user experience. Now listed on the stock exchange these guys are in growth mode and one to watch. Trading is easier than before and the general navigation works better. Decently priced. Still a bit technical for less confident investors but improving content all the time.

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In a nutshell

Low cost

Strong on pensions

Good research and content

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What to Expect

Investment Choice

Products

Stocks and Shares ISA

Junior ISA

Lifetime ISA

Funds

Investment Account

Pension

Funds - Global Shares

Funds - UK Shares

Funds - Multi-asset

Funds - UK Bonds

Funds - Global Bonds

Funds - Other

Investments available

Own brand funds

Funds from other groups

Stocks and shares

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

Help building a portfolio

Includes a shortlist of investments

Pick your own funds

Pick your own shares

The 'Geeky' Details

Provider details

AJ Bell Youinvest is a low-cost option for people who are comfortable with investing. There are loads of investment options – including individual shares and funds. It’s therefore likely to confuse the less confident and it could take a while to wade through it all. It does have a range of low-cost all-in-one passive funds for those who want someone else to do the heavy lifting. 
 
Charges start off at 0.25% for the platform, excluding any fund charges. This tiers down for large portfolios and there’s a cap on shares. This tends to make them pretty low cost, whether you have a small or large portfolio containing shares or funds. There are fund and share dealing charges, so there are cheaper options available for those that regularly invest small amounts into multiple funds. 

Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

Large firm: manages £bns on behalf of investors and financial advisers

Minimum amounts: £25 minimum monthly amount
£500 minimum initial amount for third party funds. £1 minimum investment into AJ Bell passive funds.
12 month indicative performance:

AJ Bell's passive fund range has less than one year track record.

Your Questions

"Financial services compensation: I have a SIPP and an ISA with AJ Bell Youinvest. Currently across them I have a portfolio of approx £123,000 of which £90,000 is in investments and the rest is in cash, which I am drip feeding into investments. I am already therefore over the £85,000 financial services compensation limit. Should I be worried? I am also about to inherit a sizeable sum and have a cash ISA of £70,000 to transfer to a Stocks and Shares ISA. Should I be setting up accounts with multiple platforms to be covered by the compensation scheme or is this not necessary? It would mean I would need 8 different providers if all were to be under £85,000 limit! Many thanks. Emma"

Emma, London

22/07/2019

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"Hello, I have an old company Defined Contribution (DC) pension and a Free-Standing Additional Voluntary Contribution (FSAVC) pot of £430,000. I'm 55 next month and am thinking of moving into a drawdown SIPP (Interactive Investor or AJ Bell). I am thinking of taking my 25% and leaving the rest invested until I need a regular income in my mid 60s. I want to use the lump sum to top up my earnings, as I need use up to £20,000 to change my car and new kitchen. (I have no dependants and don't need a large income) I've looked at different funds and am thinking of splitting the pot into 5 or 6 (3 equity funds - maybe Fundsmith, Vanguard LifeStrategy and one other, along with a property fund and a bond fund. I am trying to find a financial adviser who is willing to spend a few hours to review my plans to make sure I'm not making any major mistakes, and that I won't run out of money (the tools I've found online all seem to come up with slightly different results), but so far they all seem to want an ongoing relationship. Where is the best place to find an adviser who will do a one off review? (I've tried the two main recommended websites for finding an advisor) Also I want to make sure my money is as safe as possible if any of the companies/fund managers get into financial difficulty. I know the Cash protection is £85,000, but I am unsure whether the investment protection is per fund or per SIPP. Thanks"

Susan, London

16/07/2019

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"Hi! Another question for my most trusted money info site! I am thinking of setting up a SIPP. I currently have a workplace pension and a S&S ISA with Wealthify (also two previous workplace pensions, one of which was 6 years in the Met Police). I am trying to diversify my investments and spread the risk, which is what led me to thinking about a SIPP. I looked at AJ Bell. They look fine, but I'm nervous about doing my own investments, given that Wealthify does all that for me, so I don't really know where to begin. Are there SIPPs which do it for you? Or if not, should I continue investing in my previous workplace pension pot which is with Aviva? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? Argggg, so many questions! Thanks!"

Holly, Sussex

03/07/2019

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