Virgin Money Review

as of 04/03/2019 at 10:57 am

Holly's View

Needs work. Virgin aspires to be seen as a cool disrupter so I wasn’t expecting the diversion from web to paper-based investment journey. I don’t enjoy my leaflet which is posted every 3 months with a performance update. Oh dear. Probably much better for ISAs than general investment accounts.

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Recommended For

Beginner Investor

In a nutshell

Really simple

Only 5 investment options

Sub-standard online

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What to Expect

Investment Choice


Stocks and Shares ISA

Investment Account

Investments available

Own brand funds

Ethical investments

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

The 'Geeky' Details

Provider details

This is a pretty simple choice and will suit newcomers who just want to get going with a brand they know and trust. There are five ready-made solutions from which to choose. There is also a sixth investment option: the Climate Change Fund. There are no individual company shares or funds from other groups.

The charges could do with a refresh after competitors have slashed costs – 1% a year all-in for these simple ‘passive’ portfolios. This is the vanilla ice cream option for the stocks and shares ISA world. Move on if you’re after double choc chip with sprinkles.

Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

Mid-sized investment service from the bank

Minimum amounts: £500 minimum initial amount for the Climate Change fund (or £100 monthly, or £50 monthly if by direct debit)
£1 minimum initial amount for all other funds
12 month indicative performance:

A medium risk fund (Virgin Bond, Gilt, UK and Overseas Share fund) returned -6.8% in 2018, after charges.

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