as of 24/01/2020 at 2:33 pm
A big household name, Aviva offers easy entry with a £50 per month minimum. The website is nice and simple and offers a shortlist of 4 ‘ready-made’ ISA funds which spread your money around lots of different shares and investments. Ballpark costs for an ISA, including fund charges, are 0.75% which is £7.50 a year on £1,000.
For those that want to pick their own investments, there is a much wider range of funds available, but you can’t buy individual company shares.
Although it's quite a bland service and experience, it's from a massive solid brand which will comfort some. And it is fairly straightforward to park your money into a solution which is managed and maintained for you on an ongoing basis at an OK fee.
Large insurance and pension firm / huge global brand
|Minimum amounts:||£50 minimum monthly amount
£500 minimum initial amount
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A medium-high risk fund returned 9.0% in 2017, after charges.
"I saw an ad in the Evening Standard - 'In Charge Not Overcharged' - which prompted me to contact you to ask how I can see how my Aviva SIPP pension is performing against the competition. I'm 51. The fund value is £161K and it was opened a year ago. Appreciate any tips. Danny"
30/05/2019Read our reply
"I'm a 48 year old with minimal pensions. I would like to start a new pension to save for the next 12 years. I've already set up a Stocks & Shares ISA with Nutmeg, so would like to start my pension with another provider. I know little about investments so would like to use a company that has ready made funds based on risk assessment. Which would you recommend?"
30/05/2019Read our reply
"I have had a long and successful career, and intend to retire in autumn, aged 60. I have earned strong money, but being risk-averse, I have been content to let it mount up largely as cash, plus a pension (along with some smaller Stocks & Shares ISAs etc). I now find myself with £1 million in a low-cost Aviva pension, plus £2.5 million in cash. It is my hope to leave my pension untouched, and pass it over as part of inheritance tax planning. I have one son and a new grandson, who I would like to leave as comfortable as possible when I'm gone, so would like to balance my risk-adverse character with making my money work harder for us all. I have talked with several IFAs, but given my risk/return appetite, their fees seem to eat up most of the benefit they offer over my current position. I guess my question is, do IFAs normally bring sufficient benefit to low risk strategies, to make it worthwhile or am I better off cautiously investing myself, and saving the fees? Many thanks, Stephen"
Stephen, North Yorkshire
01/04/2019Read our reply