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Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) Questions Answered

What is the role of IFA?  Independent Financial Advisers should provide independent financial advice on your pensions savings, investments and equity release on your property if you need some cash later in life. The is an argument that everyone needs an IPA. They can become your personal 'go to' stockbroker and general financial fixer. That is why I would suggest they you find one in or around Brighton or at least within Sussex. I would not recommend one miles away or never answered the phone. Another good way is personal recommendation. Ask a friend. Your IFA will be an important person in your life. You need to get them right!

How do IFA make money?
Some IFAs are on commission and others charge. Many people believe that if they are to be truly 'independent' they should not have a financial relationship with the funds that they recommend their clients to invest - as their advice will be biased in favour of the funds which pay them the best commission. The way to avoid this is to ask them and then pay them a fee for their financial advice. 

How do I find an IFA? Have a look below at the list of IFAs around Brighton. They are reviewed. Personally I would create a shortlist and simply visit them personally. There is nothing like knowing your IFA. That is the advantage of having a local one


Investing for beginners

This is a serious video about investing in the stock market. Crucially you will end up with realistic expectations.

My father was a stockbroker. The only thing that ever annoyed him were banks. Currently their 'interest rates don't even cover inflation! Personally I have got very keen on 'tracker funds' which simply track the stock market and are very cheap and usually perform as well or better than investment managers or stockbrokers - who are seldom cheap! You will often end up with a London or large city based firm rather than one around Brighton let alone Brighton ! However this does not matter. I have seldom met my stockbrokers. This said have a look below for financial advisers and stockbrokers that we have found with Sussex.

Good luck! 

Independent Financial Advisers IFAs

SLG Financial Solutions - Independent Financial Advisers

3 Queens Parade, Hove BN3 8JG, UK – 01273 749641

SLG provide a first class customer experience. Stephen and Adrian will personally and thoughtfully guide you and advise you to provide a thorough and professional service. From my perspective they provide excellent added value to many of my financial requirements, really invaluable advice.

Based on my recent personal experience I can confidently recommended SLG Financial Solutions and Stephen Gicquel Managing Director as a very reliable and thorough IFA . I've had ongoing contact with SLG for several months now who have definitely proved to be very professional,highly knowledgable in this field and above all else extremely ethical in their business. In my particular case-and in context to my individual situation-SLG advised me eventually to 'stay put' in my present Pension plan after an exhaustive assessment -even though this advice was not in the short term financially advantageous to their business. Moreover,Stephen Gicquel,the MD there, very generously waived a fee that I had previously agreed to in view of a change of circumstances in my Pension Planning picture. Therefore,from my point of view I cannot recommend SLG highly enough,especially as regards Pension Planning. Thank you Stephen.

IEP Financial

119 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2AF, UK – 01273 208813

Very slick experience from first contact to set up of our pension enrollment. Tim came to our office and guided every member of staff through the process, put the administrators in touch with the right people and was always contactable with any query big or small. He is very knowledgeable and gave a very personal experience. Highly recommend to others.

Stefan advised me on my mortgage from start to finish. His patience and knowledge was vital to helping me buy my firt home. I can't sing his praises enough!

Brighton and Hove Financial Consultants

Second Floor Front Office 32A, Church Rd, Hove BN3 2FN, UK – 01273 741115

Amazing service by Adam Francis. Started out not knowing a thing about mortgages to now being in our first home! Adam was always available to talk to any time of the day and kept us informed throughout the whole process! Would definitely recommend Adam and the team for any mortgage enquiries!

Matt helped us purchase our first home. I can’t thank him enough for his professionalism and speedy service. From start to finish, he took care of everything! I highly recommend him and the whole team at Brighton & Hove Financial Consultants and shall use them again in future without a doubt!

Investment Companies - Business Angels

Brighton Capital Management

2nd Floor, 27 Palmeira Mansions, Church Road, Hove BN3 2FA, UK – 01273 761220

An extremely knowledgeable and professional firm, would highly recommend Francis and David.

Geneva Investments Group Ltd

Geneva House, 77A Rutland Rd, Hove BN3 5FE, UK – 01273 779046

I wouldn't normally write a review for a business such as this, but the review from Severin Severin is wrong on so many points as to be a complete fabrication from someone with an agenda...not to mention the sectarian/racist undertones I have been a tenant of Geneva for the last 15 years in 2 properties, both of which have been maintained to the highest possible standard by the company. Anything which needs fixing is fixed or replaced without delay...In my case, a fridge and cooker have been changed within 24 hours...without any ifs buts or maybe's. In regards to undesirable tenants....It would be practically impossible for a company with a folio as large as theirs to vet tenants as thoroughly as desirable, but I have first hand experience of troublesome tenants being removed as soon as is legally possible. In 15 years, I've had a fair amount of contact with the staff of Geneva, many of whom have been with the company as long as I have rented from them, and Severin Severins comments about them are laughable. I have no complaints about Geneva/Sussex Letting Shop, and would happily recommend .

Target Five Property Consultants

2 Ashford Rd, Brighton BN1 6LJ, UK – 01273 600160

We nervously entered into property investment two and a half years ago to provide a retirement income. We have received tremendous support from Target Five in property sourcing, developing and letting as we have built up our property portfolio. Property investment is a risky business, but Target Five understand the issues and have proved to be trustworthy and reliable. With their broad property knowledge and experience, particularly in the Brighton and Hove area, they have provided ideal sourcing opportunities and subsequently planned and implemented development projects in a timely fashion. Our early success has inspired other members of our family to invest with us through Target Five and we would strongly recommend Target Five to anyone looking to invest in, or to buy, improve and sell property Dave and Audrey Bull

Whether you are a seasoned developer or a novice the team at Target Five provide have proven to be efficient, extremely knowledgeable and work with the upmost integrity every time. I would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone interested in property development either as a buyer or a seller.

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