To make the most of your investment planning, you'll need to rely on a financial adviser you can trust. If you don't have one already, contact us using the following details and we can help you find one.
* Please check a public register such as Unbiased.co.uk (http://www.unbiased.co.uk/) in the first instance for a list of the relevant licensed financial advisers. We can further confirm whether a specific financial adviser is set up to do business with us.
Choosing your financial adviser
For most people, their relationship with their financial adviser is a long term one, so it's important to choose one who's right for you. Here are a few things to consider:
Expertise: Most customers have specific financial planning needs. If you are interested in a particular area of investing, such as retirement or inheritance tax planning, choose an adviser with appropriate experience in that field.
Flexibility: Is it more convenient to see them at your home or at the office? Check with your adviser to see how flexible they are.
Payment: Different types of advisers are paid for their services in different ways. If you prefer to pay your adviser directly by a fee rather than through commission, make sure that your adviser offers this option. In the UK, payment to your adviser through commission is generally no longer permitted and so all advisers should be able to be paid directly by a fee.
Trust: Be sure that you're putting your trust in someone with the appropriate authorisation by checking with local regulators. If you are in the UK you can check the Financial Conduct Authority's Central Register.
Try before you buy: Advisers will typically offer an initial meeting free of charge, providing you with an opportunity to see if they are right for you.
Ask questions: There are questions you will want to ask before deciding on a financial adviser. During your first meeting with them it's your chance to make sure they are right for your needs, so don't be shy. It's your future and you have to get it right.
Choosing your financial adviser is your first step in making a solid plan for your future, so take your time to think it through.