AJ Bell Youinvest Pension Review

as of 23/03/2021 at 5:11 pm

Our View

AJ Bell Youinvest’s parent firm started out in life as a pension specialist. And these guys know their stuff, unlike some stockbrokers who have chucked a pension into the mix. Probably one of the most solid and best value choices out there for those with more complex pension needs and questions.

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Recommended For

Beginner Investor

Confident Investor

In a nutshell

Low cost

Strong on pensions

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What to Expect

Investment Choice


Stocks and Shares ISA

Junior ISA

Lifetime ISA



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


Customers choose AJ Bell Youinvest for drawdown because of their solid reputation and reasonable charges. Setting up drawdown is straightforward and easy-peasy, and their ongoing service is excellent.

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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 also has 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 – the admin fee on any shares held will be capped at £10 a month from 2021. This tends to make them pretty cheap, whether you have a small or large portfolio containing shares or funds. There are fund and share dealing charges, £1.50 and £9.95 respectively, so there are cheaper options available for those that regularly invest small amounts into multiple funds. 

From the 1st of January 2021, accessing your pension will be free, as AJ Bell have decided to remove the specific fees for drawdown events (such as ad hoc payments). This makes the costs of having a pension here easier to compute. There are no exit fees for cash transfers but they still charge exit fees for transferring investments in specie and are one of the few in the market to do so.


Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

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

Minimum amounts: £1000 minimum lump sum investment.

Your Questions

"Good day, If I were to invest with A J Bell or Hargreaves Lansdown in a self select Stocks & Shares ISA and they were to 'go bust', what would happen to my investment? Thanks."

David, County Down


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"Hi, I'm trying to choose an 80/20 low cost tracker fund to transfer my pension to, as I'm currently paying 1% fees to my provider which I want to save on. Does the performance of different tracker funds vary a lot (e.g. between PensionBee, Nutmeg, AJ Bell) and how do I compare their track records? Many thanks, Vivienne"

Vivienne, London


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"I'm a newbie investor looking for a SIPP. I see AJ Bell have low fees compared to Hargreaves Lansdown. Is it worth the lower fees even though there are exit charges, or pay the higher Hargreaves Lansdown charges, but have no exit fees?"

Andy, Hampshire


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