Find a financial adviser

How to find a financial adviser and what you should do when you meet an IFA before, during and after your meeting.


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A financial adviser will talk to you about your hopes and plans for the future and recommend the best products to suit your personal situation. The tool will help you find one near you.

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Talking to a financial adviser

Our adviser checklist will help you get the most from your meeting. Before the meeting have a think about your goals and plans for the future so you are not thinking on the spot.

Things to bring

What you should bring along with you

  • Documentation such as bank statements, tax returns or annual pension statements, anything that will help the adviser build a true picture of your financial situation
  • An idea of your financial goals and aspirations
  • A list of questions you want to ask
  • Proof of identity in case you want to act on any of the recommendations

Questions to ask before your first meeting

Preparing your questions

  • Do you specialise in the product area/areas I am interested in?
  • How long have you been advising clients?
  • Do you often advise people in my earnings bracket?
  • Can you show me references from satisfied clients?
  • Do you charge a fee for the initial consultation?
  • Do you charge fees for advice or take commission from the provider?
  • Where and when will meetings take place?

Questions to ask during your meeting

What to ask during the meeting

  • What’s the potential return on this investment and how long is it for?
  • What are the charges and how does that compare with those for similar products?
  • What happens if I need my money earlier than planned?
  • What are the risks?
  • What is the tax position with this product?
  • What if I can’t keep the payments up?
  • Can I have the key features document for this product?

At the meeting

It's good to remember the following:

  • Always ask if you don't understand
  • Take notes
  • Don't sign anything until you've read and understood it