AJ Bell is a leading provider of online investment platforms, and the creator of the UK's first online SIPP. Over the last 20 years we have expanded our offering to include ISAs and dealing accounts, but pension products remain a core part of the business. Our flagship adviser-led investment platform is AJ Bell Investcentre, which offers SIPP, GIA, ISA and JISA accounts with access to a wide variety of investment types, including almost 5,000 clean share class funds. AJ Bell Platinum, another of our products, offers a bespoke SIPP and SSAS.
As a company that has often lobbied Government to improve the rules affecting retirement savings, we were quick to embrace the wide-reaching 'pension freedoms' when they were announced. As a result, customers with money in our SIPP and SSAS products were able to access the full range of regular and ad hoc benefit options right from the word 'go' on 6 April.
Thanks to the improvements that we recently made to our benefit processing procedure, both flexi-access drawdown and UFPLS payment requests can be turned around within as little as two days of us receiving the required information.
Of course, the new pension freedoms mean that our customers and their advisers now face some very serious decisions, and we are keen to ensure that all parties are fully informed about the options available. To this end we created special 'pension freedoms' pages on our websites, featuring a selection of guides, case studies and flow charts.
At AJ Bell Investcentre we take great pride in the quality of our events, which range from small workshops to large regional seminars covering technical, investment and platform-specific issues. Every November we also hold a national investment conference, Investival, which draws in hundreds of advisers from around the country. Following our sell out event in 2014, we have chosen a bigger venue this year to allow for the additional demand. In any given year circa 2,000 advisers will attend our events. You can learn more about AJ Bell Investcentre by registering at www.investcentre.co.uk