Written on: 01/03/2011
hi i really dont like the policy of family investment,they keep changing the rules but fail to apply it proper rules onto the customeraccounts,and keep delaying my investigation regarding the charges they have been applying on my funds.my fund is far less worth than the money i have been paying in,because their annual charges and other fund charges are very high which leaves the value of my accountr low,but they are getting the easy free money out of mu pot"! (read more)
Written on: 17/01/2011
I originally set up my CTF with santander. very easy to do! Thats the good points over with. The fund was then transferred to Family investments. As yet i have had no paperwork and had to ring up for a statement to be sent. I cannot believe why trust funds do not come with a savings book. Now You have to post you cheques to them and prey that they get delivered by the ever failing Royal Mail. No wonder this countries on its backside. Choose an account where you can go in and pay... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2010
So far so good. We set up an account for our daughter just over 2 years ago and have been adding to each month plus using www.kidstart.co.uk so getting money back on purchases straight into her account.
We are int he plus and although its not an amazing return so far would any other account really be any better in the current climate?
Communication is good and we get letters giving a break down / when money goes in etc.
All in all we are happy! (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2009
I have 2 children aged 2 and 4 and must admit that their trust funds have shown a loss over 2008 and much of 2009. However, having put in the maximum for both, they are now gaining good profits and long may it continue. One positive factor about when the markets were low and combined with a CTF of only a few years, you were able to accumulate more units which are now performing well. Good website and customer service too. (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2009
The performance of this fund since inception is very poor (in my opinion). I have invested the maximum allowance over the last 3 years for my 2 children and regret it. If it was possible to purchase shares in their names I would have been much better doing so and making my own investment choices on their behalf ... the markets are hard at present but thats why you trust your money to so called experts ... anyone can make money in a bull market, it is now when the ability of the fund... (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2009
We transfered out of a with profits Child Trust Fund with LV at the bottom of the market and joined Family Investments. Has worked out really well as the LV wasn't growing at a great rate (but being with profits wasn't loosing money). As it was LV closing all their accounts no Market Reduction Value was applied and we bought many more units in the FI fund than we would have done if we'd done it when the market was high. The overall value has gone up by 11% this year so far... not bad!
For... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2009 by son2005mark (20 reviews written)
I must make the point first that I've only one child therefore I've only opened one child trust fund and don't have any idea of how other child trust funds are doing, but I'm not really happy with my choice to invest my son's money into Family Investments child trust fund, Since opening with the governments £250 in July 2005 as of now (July 2009) the investment is only worth Approx £200! Yes I hear that these types of investment can go up as well as down but it dose not really make you... (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2009
I have opened an account with Family Investments in November 2006 and i believe i have deposited to the value of &3800 which includes the government voucher and as of may 2009 it is only worth just less than &3000.
I regret opening an account with Family Investments Child Trust Funds. (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2009
Family Investments Child Trust Fund has Excellent customer service over phone. User friendly online access. Good choice of payment methods. Simple for family members to pay into account. The original 250 quid is now worth 143 quid, since investment in May 2004. However tthis is a stakeholder ctf and should improve vastly over the next 13 years. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2009 by charteredbanker (1 review written)
I have invested a total of £4,800 since inception of a Stakeholder CTF Account with Family Investments. Its value today 28/04/09 is £4,200. I regret opening an account with them. (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2009
After 2 years in the Child Trust Fund scheme I phoned to ask why my investment was less than I had put in. I was advised that the positive returns were at the the end of the term. After 8 years the value is 1 years contribution less than I have put in
If I had a savings account account at a low 3%, I would be 50% better off. (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2008 by mdaley (1 review written)
I have twins and a small boy. Three separate funds in place started in 2006. The government vouchers were invested then a standing order for £10.00 per month for each child. Over this period the stock market has regained strength from a weak position. Over this period this fund has repeatedly shown a loss. It has actually cost me to give them my money. (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2006 by mksmh
Family Investments Child Trust Fund is an excellent service. Friendly and approachable. History of family-based investments. Friendly Society - owned by their customers. (read more)
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