Cost of an IFA chattykathyblue

#1
My husband had his initial consultation with an IFA as he has 3 works pensions and we weren't sure what to do with them for husband's retirement in 2 years time. The 3 pots combined come to about £450k. The IFA has recommended everything is transferred into a SIPP . The fee for transferring is 1.5% and then 0.65% for the IFA and an additional 1.95% annually for the Discretionary Fund Manager the IFA uses. Does this seem reasonable?

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#4



The fee for transferring is 1.5% and then 0.65% for the IFA and an additional 1.95% annually for the Discretionary Fund Manager the IFA uses. Does this seem reasonable?




1.5% initial on £450k is high. Its great on £100k but unless it is a defined benefit scheme, you should be looking for less than that.



0.65% p.a. is high. The most dominant figure is 0.5% p.a. It is typical to see 1% p.a. on small values but that usually tapers away as the value gets higher. Also, that also tends to be where the IFA is doing the investment work. In this case, the IFA is not doing the investment work. So, what are you paying them extra for?



So, overall, it seems very very expensive. It would not be difficult to find it cheaper.

#6



1.5% initial on £450k is high. Its great on £100k but unless it is a defined benefit scheme, you should be looking for less than that.



0.65% p.a. is high. The most dominant figure is 0.5% p.a. It is typical to see 1% p.a. on small values but that usually tapers away as the value gets higher. Also, that also tends to be where the IFA is doing the investment work. In this case, the IFA is not doing the investment work. So, what are you paying them extra for?



So, overall, it seems very very expensive. It would not be difficult to find it cheaper.
Originally posted by dunstonh


Thank you for your reply. It's obvious we need to look elsewhere

#7
Have you and your husband obtained state pension statements?



https://www.gov.uk/yourstatepension?utm_source=Mail-Online&utm_medium=Partnership&utm_campaign=GTKY



Might it be worth considering a DIY transfer to a SIPP and holding the money in cash while you find an IFA to advise on initial choice of funds with the option of an annual review?



https://directory.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en



http://www.hl.co.uk/partners/search/sipp?theSource=PCHLS&Override=0&adg=G+HLBS+HLS&gcl id=CJLAwLOl0dICFeUp0wod-xAHGw



http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-3646973/How-invest-pension-drawdown-12-step-starters-guide.html

#8
So 2.6% in advice and product charges.

If inflation was 2.5%pa, you'd need to earn 5.1%pa, year in year out, just for your fund to retain the same buying power as it has today.



And that's ignoring the initial advice cost.

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