Remarkable Benefits, for Little Effort
The thought of moving from one provider who manages your money to another with similar objectives may fill you with unease. But with the right partner it can be well worth the effort – and any price you pay in effort can be comfortably redeemed through the considerable long-term benefits you receive.
Here we explain why you should change wealth manager, the practicalities of how to do it (not as onerous as you may think), and we highlight the things which could prevent us from making a move.
Why move at all?
Many investors happily pay whatever their wealth manager charges to manage their money, a tonic easily enough digested when markets are healthy and portfolio growth ticks up nicely. But even in good times it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of value – and when conditions are challenging you really should question what you pay in fees.
It is typically preferable for us to accept the familiar, but that familiarity is unacceptable when it could cost you £70,000 in only 10 years, as we show here.
Paying less for a quality service is a worthwhile pursuit but other factors can also more than compensate for the effort of moving.
- More control over your accounts. Modern wealth managers such as Netwealth are powered by the latest technology, which gives you more freedom and flexibility to manage your money how and when it suits you.
- Greater transparency. Plan ahead with better clarity and use our unique planning tools to help you look after your money more effectively.
- Consistent and durable approach. By predominantly investing in passive instruments we don’t invest in riskier assets or move in and out of investments at the first sign of volatility. Many active managers take this approach to justify their fees, which is why time and time again, even in a market downturn, they fail to outperform.
If you do not invest, perhaps because you are risk averse, it is worth considering the risk of not being invested at all, and seeing how much inflation can reduce the value of your investments or a retirement pot over time.
How to change provider
Actually moving provider is not as painful as you might think. At Netwealth we certainly do all we can to help make the process as smooth as possible.
- The first step is to open your Netwealth account, choosing your account types and investment goals. If you need any guidance, our advisory team are on hand via video call or phone to assist.
- We can usually verify your identity online so you shouldn’t need to send documents to us. If required, you can send these securely via our message centre.
- The next step may be to transfer pensions and ISAs from other providers. Don’t be daunted by the thought of contacting them all – as long as you have the details of your providers and policy numbers, we should be able to do this for you. We have a simple online form for pension transfers and our Client Service team will send you pre-filled forms for any ISA or JISA transfers.
- Once the forms are submitted we will take care of following up on the status of your transfers with your existing providers, as these can take several weeks. If any of them need further paperwork we will let you know and notify you as soon as each transfer has completed and that your money is being invested.
What’s stopping you?
Whether we make any kind of move – from a bank, broadband provider or wealth manager – is not always dictated by logic. We are often ruled by the whims of our emotions which may constrain beneficial behaviour. But once you are aware of these biases, and the oppressive cost of inertia, you should be in a better position to take action in your favour.
So once you have decided that moving your money is the right thing to do – either for the tremendous cost savings, better control, or more transparency – take a little time to evaluate whether you are being well compensated for making the effort.
Please remember that when investing your capital is at risk.