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Bestinvest Review

as of 12/11/2018 at 9:39 am

Holly's View

Bestinvest has been hard at work in 2018 and the website is streets better than before. The fund research section is probably the clearest now of any. Pricing is mid-range and reasonable without being the cheapest. Probably gets my vote for one of the most improved all-rounders.

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In a nutshell

Wide range of investments

Decent fund research

Good all-rounder

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What to Expect

Investment Choice

Products

Stocks and Shares ISA

Junior ISA

Investment Account

Pension

Investments available

Own brand funds

Funds from other groups

Stocks and shares

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

Includes a shortlist of investments

Pick your own funds

Pick your own shares

The 'Geeky' Details

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Bestinvest is a decent online investment platform which offers OK ISA and pension options. The website has plenty of guides and investment research available once you're in. It also has a range of ready-made portfolios and pre-packaged investment choices, as well as funds from loads of groups and individual company shares.

There’s a fair bit of technical information and fund research, so it’s more likely to suit those that are more experiences.

The platform has several own-brand multi-asset funds available in both passive and active options. Confusingly called the IFSL Tilney range. The charges for these active options are broadly in line with (equally pricey) comparable industry alternatives and range from 1.45% to 1.54%. The passive multi-asset portfolios are relatively pricey at 0.94% to 1.03%. It is hard to think why an investor choosing a passive multi-asset option, with the platform fee on top, would be well advised to pick this route to market. 

With a fee of 0.4% for ISAs, it’s one of the better options on price for smaller portfolios. There are no fund dealing charges, so for investors putting small amounts into a few different funds on a monthly basis it is pretty low cost.

Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

Mid-sized investment platform administering around £3.5bn

Minimum amounts:
£50 for most funds
12 month indicative performance:

The in-house multi-asset growth portfolio returned -0.4% over the year to Nov 2018. And 20% over 3 years.

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