Investment Platforms &Fund Supermarkets

What is an Investment Platform?

An Investment platform or FundSupermarket offers a single place to hold your wrapper investments, for example self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), stocks and shares ISAs or Junior ISAs in one place.  You can also search and invest in shares & investment funds, you can in most cases also open a share dealing account.

What do Investment Platforms do?

Investment platforms come in two groups, those who allow you to chose the specific investments you would like to make and those who create a portfolio or wrap investments together for you based on your investment objectives and attitude to investment risk.

 

Most platforms will provide you with financial news, tools and forums for their clients, the idea of a platform is for you to have control over your investment choices and you can tailor these to suit you.  However, this freedom comes with a price, which means that all your investment decisions are made on an ‘execution only’ basis, which makes you solely responsible for the investment choices and you will have no protection or comeback if you incur any losses.  

How do Investment Platforms work?

Investment Platforms allow you to centralise your personal pension and investment portfolios. In theory, you can put any investment into a wrap, including ISAs and personal pension plans such as SIPPs. However, some providers impose restrictions, so it is worth checking these first before opening an account. Once the account is up and running, all your holdings can be seen in one place, giving you a complete portfolio view.

Which investment platform should I choose?

As well as what you are allowed to hold within your wrap account, it is a good idea to check what the charges are before choosing a provider.

In most cases, you pay an administration fee on the account but benefit from lower charges on the investments you make within the wrap. Providers of wrap platforms includeFidelity FundsNetwork, Hargreaves Lansdown, AJ Bell & Aegon available through a broker or independent financial adviser (IFA), Old Mutual Wealth(Quilter Plc), Standard Life and Parmenion to name but a few.

However, most less experienced investors find it preferable to take professional advice before taking the plunge.

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