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Why digital advice matters

Many investors don’t get the right quality of financial advice or know where to find it. This shortfall, and resulting inequality, is why we recently became one of the seven founder members of the Digital Advice Group (DAG) – an initiative set up so consumers can better access digital advice opportunities and forge a better path for their money.

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Why transparent investing – and transparent advice – matters

For too long investors have suffered from a lack of evidence and transparency regarding claims made by the incumbent wealth management industry. This primarily comes down to assertions about what they do, and the value they provide – and these claims are often accompanied by high costs to investors.

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Why shouldn’t Investors Expect Greater Transparency, Better Consumer Education, plus Simple Advice?

The investment industry is still stacked in favour of the providers at the expense of consumers. To coincide with today’s deadline for the FCA Consumer Investments Market consultation – which aims to make the consumer investment market work better – we outline where we believe the FCA should focus their efforts to help consumers make effective investment decisions.

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Missed Opportunity: How Investors Counted the Cost of being Overcautious in 2019

Being cautious is usually sensible, but being overcautious can come at a cost. This was evident in 2019 as many investors remained on the side-lines – a period when they could have benefited healthily from putting their money to work.

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How a Network gives Families Investment Control and a More Efficient Way to Invest

It’s not uncommon for organisations to allow families to club together to earn generous discounts: consider the Network Railcard, National Trust family memberships and the multi-user options on streaming service Netflix. Yet those who want to save or invest as a family have been poorly served by the traditional wealth management industry.

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What Makes Netwealth Different

For generations wealth managers have operated within a comfortable and unchallenged niche: they would invest money on behalf of their clients and update them of their progress once a year. A kind of “don’t bother us and we won’t bother you” approach to wealth management.

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How to Generate a Sustainable Long-Term Income – No Matter What Happens

For many investors, their main priority is to generate and sustain a consistent income. This is usually in retirement, but it can be valuable at any stage in life. Of course, having a regular income is one thing, but how do you ensure that you can make it last?

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Looking Back to the Future – Why Past Performance Should Not Justify High Fees

‘Past performance is not an indicator of future returns’. We often see variants of this phrase in investment materials but it should not be viewed simply as legal gibberish – it should underpin how we think about investing. Nothing is guaranteed.

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Three Neat Ways to Think About Money, One Smart Approach for Sleeping Well

Anything that makes personal finance easier is a bonus. A helpful way of thinking about our assets is to manage them across three hypothetical pots.

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How a Network Helps Families to Pay Lower Fees

It’s not uncommon for organisations to allow families to club together to earn generous discounts: consider the Network Railcard, National Trust family memberships and the multi-user options on streaming service Netflix. Yet those who want to save or invest as a family have been poorly served by the traditional wealth management industry.

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