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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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UK passive investment - Alliance Trust?
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:10:22 PM »
Hi everyone,

I had a quick look through the archives but I could only see posts about a year old, was hoping to get some more current advice in case anything's changed in the last year. I am about to come into some money and I want to put some of it into passive investing.

 I have read that Alliance Trust are well thought of and their charges seem fair. Does anyone have any recent experience with them? Would they recommend using them? I would probably buy into one of the Vanguard Lifestrategy funds, as I am still pretty new to investing, but trying to learn quickly. I'm making my way through Monevator, Bogleheads and Tim Hale's Smarter investing book. I think its slowly all starting to sink into my thick skull!

I read that Alliance Trust are a better option if you plan to invest large-ish chunks at a time, rather than drip-feeding a fund. From what I understand of their fees this still seems true?

Thanks in advance for any advice. :)


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Re: UK passive investment - Alliance Trust?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2014, 03:43:15 PM »

this is all mutual fund stuff? I don't *think* you'll find much help here (I could be wrong) - just not many Brits doing mutual funds here.

I have some UK stuff (expat) but those are ETFs. If you're reading Monevator and other UK-focussed stuff (Simple Living in Suffolk is good, though he is a stock chooser rather than passive) you're probably going to get more sensible answers. I think Money Saving Expert has a ranking of all the brokers, or a list of them rather with all their fees and such.

My.. gut feeling would be two fingers to any company charging any kind of entry or exit fee. I would rather go down the ETF route where you pay to buy, pay to sell (~5 pounds to the brokerage for each, or less for a 'regular investment', with the broker I use - iWeb), and the only other fee is the MER of the ETF. But that is my choice, and I don't know anything about Alliance Trust.

Just for comparison: For, say, the FTSE 100, you can buy an HSBC ETF with ~0.35% MER. The Vanguard ETF (VUKE) is a smidge cheaper but you will get US withholding tax *I think* - because it's not Irish or Luxembourg domiciled (I think it's a LSE-listed wrapper for the US-fund containing the LSE-listed stocks which is.. silly.. but probably cheaper for Vanguard to do).

Anyway, as they say: DYOR :) Good luck!