The eponymous AJ Bell now looks after around £28bn on behalf of clients, run by Andy’s ‘bright, loyal’ team.
AJ Bell offers online investment platforms and stockbroker services, so Andy should know a thing or two about investment. He admits he hasn’t always been the most sensible investor, but says the knowledge he’s gleened boils down to five ‘w’s’.
For an investor with £100 to invest, Andy would definitely steer them towards an ISA, even though he believes the Government is in danger of over-complicating them.
He says the UK economic and market outlook doesn’t look terribly exciting. The UK government has too much debt and too little growth, but an investor making regular savings doesn’t need to worry about that too much. They just need to make sure they are diversified and look long-term.
Other things it’s good to know about Andy: He’s a total brainbox, with a first in maths and an actuarial qualification; He’s not swayed by luxury, but he does like a low fat chip and couldn’t live without his ActiFry (retailing at £120). He’s not averse to binge-watching box-sets and couldn’t pick a favourite among his three dogs, but is definitely not keen on his ‘feral’ cat. BM thinks he just got a bad one.