Discount IFA with zero / minimal charges

Hi there, can anyone recommend a discount IFA with no / minimal charges. I
know 'zero charges' sounds unrealistic, but I'm sure I read about a company
in the FT about a month ago that did not charge at all.
The charging structure was:
- all initial charges refunded.
- all annual charges refunded every year.
Their profits were made by the interest they make on refunds whilst they are
held on deposit. Thanks for any help - I know exactly which funds I want - I
just don't want to loose the initial 5 %.
Reply to
Joe
I use Hargreaves Lansdown
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who offer a wide choice of funds with initial charges usually around 0.5% (sometimes nil) and 'loyalty' bonuses which help reduce ongoing charges. A number of fund supermarkets (FundsDirect, Ample) offer a similar range but their charges are often 1%-2%, Hargreaves Lansdown are the cheapest I've found.
Reply to
Cheesy Manx
The A in IFA stands for Advisor. If you want advice you should be prepared to pay for it! However, if you just want execution with no advice there are plenty of brokers who will discount most of the commission, e.g. Hargreaves Lansdown rebate all the initial commission and about half the annual commission. You will not find anyone who doesn't charge *at all*, they aren't charities ...
You definitely won't get all the annual charge refunded. A unit trust typically has a 1.5% charge plus various other things which may add another 0.5%. Out of that they usually pay 0.5% in annual commission. What you may get is part of that commission refunded. You might also like to consider investment trusts, which don't pay commission at all and often have much lower charges in total, maybe 0.5% or so.
Even if you have, say, £20k, at 0.5% the annual commission would only be £100 a year, and the interest on that would be a few pounds even if they didn't pay it out for a year, hardly enough to make a profit! If you really have a *lot* to invest, say a million pounds, you can probably do an ad-hoc deal to get all the commission back and pay a fixed fee, but for "small" amounts it just isn't worth it, realistically it probably costs a few tens of pounds a year just to cover admin costs, and just adding the extra admin to cover refunding the small amounts of annual commission itself adds to costs. OTOH getting the initial fee refunded is easy, lots of brokers will do that.
Reply to
Stephen Burke
They're called Intelligent Money and they charge a flat fee of £35pa index linked. See the other comments about them by searching the uk.finance archive -
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Daytona
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Daytona
I use Moneyworld IFA, most initial charges reduced to 0 .25%, no idea about annuals.
Actual funds held by Fidelity Fundsnetwork but you need to go in thro MIFA to get the discouts, pay onlinewith switch to open the isa / buy UTs / OIECs
Waq

Reply to
Waqar Aziz
Ah! That's it. And now I remember thinking that there was no need to keep the newspaper as I'd definitely remember the name as it's like Intelligent Finance. Duhhh...
Reply to
Joe
Just incase anyone's interested, I've just found this:
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One seems cheaper than Intelligent Cash / Money / Finance / whatever.
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Joe

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