Why Take Advice?

People often focus on the cost of financial advice rather than its value. Our clients know that the charges we make are more than outweighed by the value of the advice they receive. This may include:

  • Providing improved returns on their investments
  • Giving future security for them and their family
  • Providing them with peace of mind
  • Helping them achieve their financial goals
  • Reducing the risk of making financial decisions they will later regret
  • Reducing their exposure to investment risk but balancing this with diverse investment opportunities
  • Improving the tax treatment on their income and assets
  • protecting them from unregulated investments and scams

At The Investment Advice Company we strive to take all the complexities, myths and hassles from your financial plans and create simple, good value understandable solutions that do one thing – put you in a better position financially

The Value of Financial Advice – Research undertaken by Royal London and International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC) identified details we feel you should consider when making financial plans.

Financial advice can leave non-affluent savers around £50,000 richer over 10 years, according to a report by the ILC. There is also new evidence that financial advice offers especially good value for the less well-off. 

Brits who took professional financial advice between 2001 and 2006 enjoyed an average increase in their assets of nearly £48,000 after 10 years, compared to those who took no advice. The benefits of advice were particularly significant for those with less disposable income, and also for people who took advice more than once. The combined benefits of advice over the 10-year period work out as approximately 2,400 per cent greater than the initial cost of the advice.

The study, produced by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) with the support of Royal London, compares people who took financial advice with those who didn’t, by assessing their assets (i.e. pensions, savings and investments) over a decade. The study also focused on people across two different wealth levels: ‘affluent’ (those who feel themselves to be comfortably off) and ‘just getting by’ (those whose income roughly balances with their expenditure).

Of the report’s many findings, perhaps the most interest is the revelation that the lower income group benefited from financial advice even more than the affluent people did.

Less well-off people get greater benefits from advice

The ILC report showed that it wasn’t just the wealthier individuals who benefited from financial advice over the decade. Rather, it transpired that those defined as ‘just getting by’ achieved a greater boost to their finances, despite starting from a lower baseline.

Following financial advice, the average saver in the ‘just getting by’ group had their pension pot boosted over the decade by 24 per cent (£35,054), compared to savers in the same wealth class who didn’t receive advice. In the ‘affluent’ group this difference was more modest, though still dramatic – affluent people who took advice had £24,266 more after 10 years than their non-advised counterparts, an 11 per cent boost.

The report also measured the effect on non-pension assets (e.g. savings and investments). Again, the benefits for those ‘just getting by’ were proportionally greater: a 35 per cent boost to non-pension wealth compared to non-advised people. The ‘affluent’ advised group enjoyed a 24 per cent boost to non-pension wealth, compared to those who didn’t take advice.

In total, the ‘just getting by’ group who took advice ended up an average £50,332 richer overall than those without advice. Meanwhile the ‘affluent’ advised group beat the non-advised group by some £43,353 overall.

This means that the average total benefit of financial advice over the 10 years was £47,706, with the bulk of this being pension pot growth.

Ongoing or follow-up advice shown to add more value

Although the report confirmed a significant wealth boost from one-off advice, it also revealed the greater benefits of additional or ongoing advice. It compared those who had taken advice only once (at the start of the decade) with those who had also received advice two years before the decade’s end. Those who had taken the additional advice were found to be an average 61 per cent better off.