Alternative Investments

For something a little different

When conducting financial planning there are a few investments that are the mainstay of the industry and used by the public, through Financial Advisers, inside products. These would include Cash, Gilts, Corporate bonds and Stocks and Shares purchased inside Unit Trusts / OEICs inside products like Pension, Stocks and Shares ISA’s and Investment Bonds. One would conclude then that investments outside this traditional arena would be an ‘alternative’ to the conventional format.

For those people that are comfortable with the amounts they put aside to support themselves in later life and are looking to do a little extra there are a number of opportunities available to them which might be quite interesting.

For those who are more concerned about capital or income security Protected and Guaranteed products are available. These can be incorporated in the more conventional routes above but can also be a more stand-alone proposing to support separate objectives. 

The following are a short list of opportunities, not proposing to be classed as advice to people and not an exhaustive list, but more as an understanding of flexibility and opportunities:

More and more work is done in the following area than ever before with clients who have more significant earnings and choose to conduct some tax planning to making use of HMRC approved opportunities. The main ones are Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS’s) or Venture Capital Trusts (VCT’s)


Inheritance Tax Planning is also in increasing part of the work for Moyes Investments using the (AIM) or Alternative Investment Market to provide solutions to Inheritance Tax problems. Clearly each clients needs to have their own personal situation investigated, and recommendations made, but opportunities exist for the right persons(s)


There are Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) have been around since the 1990’s and started on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. Now in over 4,400 products and with over $2.9trn total investment (March 2015 Investment Weekly) they have come a long way since their start. These can be enrolled into modern portfolio investment management or as a standalone investment.


Investment Trusts are probably one of the oldest forms of equity investment in the UK and have been around since the 1860’s. These are Closed Ended Funds and offer investment opportunities outside the conventional format, but as geared products the results can be magnified both up and down and used only for the right people.


You can also invest in commercial property either through conventional property funds in Pensions or Stocks and Shares ISA, or through Retail Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Alternatively,clients may wish to buy commercial property as a whole, either singularly or through a syndicate and you can do this through a Self-Investment Personal Pension (SIPP). The SIPP itself can then borrow money according to its fund value and the borrowing rule at that time to make the overall purchase if needed.**

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