Having reached our significant 50th birthdays and worked in a variety of private organisations during our careers, my husband and I felt it was time to review our plans for the future; a need magnified by the pandemic, as we want to spend more time with our family, rather than working all hours towards an unclear goal.
We each had several private pension pots dotted around with various providers, but we didn’t know where the funds were invested, how well they were performing or how risky they were. We were keen to consolidate these and move to investing 100% in responsible and ethical funds, reflecting our own values and concerns for our global collective future. We also wanted to get a better handle on our personal financial position and identify how many more years we needed to work to fund our retirement.
The welcoming and uncluttered home page for Path offered to tick all these boxes, with a no obligation, free consultation. Before approaching them, we checked they were registered on the Financial Conduct Authority website, then requested an initial chat. This was arranged very soon after, where a few brief details were taken down by our friendly Financial Adviser whom, we soon realised, genuinely shared our values and concerns about the urgent need for responsible investing, so we were reassured he had a real passion for his role.
We arranged the first consultation, which was very encouraging, clearly explained and provided a good in-depth review of how things stood for us, which offered some very pleasant and unexpected surprises. We quickly realised, with much relief, that we were in a better position than we had appreciated and through some careful financial planning (via Path) and a little budgeting on our part, we could retire much sooner than we had anticipated. It was the best 2020 Christmas present we could ask for, after a rather challenging year. The review took into account our level of risk we were willing to take with our investments and provided us with the sense of direction we needed to formulate the next steps in our plan; i.e., to prepare to sell our property and move to our ‘ideal’ home, something we’ve been dreaming about for years. To this end, we’ve had input from Path to plan how best to fund this project, giving us peace of mind to focus on the move itself.
Throughout the whole relationship with Path, over the last 10 months, we’ve had just the one point of contact, Jack, our Financial Adviser, who is able to clearly answer all our questions and explain financial complexity in a way we can understand. Jack is now a regular friendly voice and face in our lives. It’s still early days in our partnership with Path, but we have visibility of our finances whenever we want, via the online platform, and any questions we have are quickly answered. The additional plus is that it’s now such a pleasure and relief to know that our investments are contributing towards a more hopeful global future, in sustainable and positive ventures. We continue to share our story with friends and family, in the hope that others will choose to follow Path.