Independent Financial Advisers’ (IFA’s) engage in various technical activities as part of our service to clients. These activities are crucial for providing tailored financial advice that meets individual needs. Some examples include:

Retirement Planning

  • Analysis of Pension Contributions and Benefits: Calculating how much clients need to save to achieve their desired retirement lifestyle. This includes assessing existing pension schemes and predicting future pension benefits.
  • Tax Considerations: Advising on contributions to reduce taxable income, understanding how and when pensions are taxed, planning for beneficiaries.
  • Maximising Annual Allowance: Using mechanisms such as carry forward and navigating tapering rules to recover previous unused allowance and boost pension pots.
  • Income Strategies: Ensuring a sustainable income throughout retirement, choosing between annuities and drawdown.


Investment Strategy

  • Asset Allocation: Determining the right mix of assets (e.g., stocks, bonds, property) based on the client’s individual risk tolerance, capacity, and investment goals.
  • Diversification Strategies: Spreading investments across various assets to reduce risk.
  • Performance Analysis: Benchmarking performance against relevant indices and understanding how fees affect end returns.


Tax Planning

  • Income Tax Planning: Advising on how to use allowances and reliefs to minimise income tax liabilities.
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Strategies: Recommending strategies to reduce or delay CGT liabilities, such as using allowances, losses, or timing disposals.


Estate and Inheritance Tax Planning

  • Inheritance Tax (IHT) Mitigation: Helping clients reduce their IHT liabilities through gifts, trusts, and other estate planning tools.
  • Succession Planning: Advising on how to pass wealth to the next generation efficiently, including the use of wills and trusts.


Risk Management and Insurance Planning

  • Insurance Needs Analysis: Determining the right type and level of insurance (life, critical illness, income protection) to protect against financial risks.
  • Business Protection: For business owners, advising on key person insurance, shareholder protection, and corporate-owned life insurance to safeguard the business.


Educational Planning

  • Saving for Education: Assessing the costs of future education fees and advising on savings plans or investment strategies to meet these costs.


These activities require a deep understanding of financial principles, tax laws, and investment strategies. Independent Financial Adviser’s stay updated on regulatory changes and market conditions to provide accurate and effective ongoing advice.