Other Independant Financial advice
Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) are the only type of financial advisers who are able to select from all the products available in the marketplace - making sure you get the right product for your individual needs.
IFAs are bound to the Financial Services Authority rules, which obliges them to provide advice most suited to your personal requirements and your risk outlook. When financial products are recommended they must take into account the benefits provided, charges, flexibility, service and financial strength.
All IFAs must be authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and are obliged to offer what is termed 'suitable advice'. This means that they have to gain a full understanding of your circumstances and requirements before helping to choose any financial products (they will record your information so you can double-check that they really have understood).
In addition, when recommending a product all financial advisers have to provide written reasons why they think that it is right for you - again to make sure that you are fully informed before committing yourself to anything.
The meaning of independent financial advice Includes information on how to find the right IFA, questions to ask and what to expect from your first meeting.