'Set and forget' investing
Moneyfarm is an online and app-based investing platform. It aims to make investing easy, accessible and low-cost. The company offers three main products: a stocks and shares ISA, a general investment account and a pension. There’s a minimum investment of £1,500 for these products. It’s a great all-round experience if you’re looking to get started with investing.
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK’s biggest wealth manager. With that comes a fair bit of credibility, and it also has the complete range of investing services on offer. You can have a portfolio expertly managed for you, pick your own investments yourself or something in between.
interactive investor is an online investment service offering a range of different investment products, all with flat fees. This is a big plus point if you’re a wealthier investor as percentage fees can really eat away at your profits.
AJ Bell is a similar prospect to Hargreaves Lansdown. It’s a great all-rounder with slightly cheaper fees than Hargreaves (though this obviously will depend on exactly what investing you’ve got planned!). On top of this, it has a great reputation for customer service. Formed in Manchester in 1995, AJ Bell has over 150,000 clients and manages over £40 billion.
Savings app, Plum lets you invest your deposits. You can start with only £1 and it can be a cost-effective option for smaller amounts. Your investments can be saved in a stocks and shares ISA, meaning you may not have to pay tax on your profits.
Plum has a range of funds available to choose from – if you like the look of more than one, there’s no reason why you can’t choose more than one and have your money invested between the two.
When it comes to choosing which investment app you want to use, you should consider what it is you’re looking for. Are you looking for something to set up and leave alone, such as Moneybox? Or do you want something that’s a bit more personal and talks you through everything, like Plum?
Consider the following:
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