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Re-registrations and transfer − the new world

             

If your answer to any of the questions below is yes, then we can help you:

  • Are you considering transferring assets to FundsNetwork?
  • Are you looking to review your existing provider with a view to changing platforms?
  • Are you considering a new platform for a specific segment of your clients?

We can support you, help you manage the whole process from start to finish, and understand what's involved in transferring clients to us.

If you would like to discuss anything related to re-registrations or transfers, or simply new business opportunities, please email us with a brief explanation of your enquiry and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Our commitment to you

We understand moving clients to a new platform, for whatever reason, has historically been perceived as a time consuming, labour intensive task.

We understand the challenges by talking to firms like yours and have taken the opportunity to completely review our re-registration and transfer proposition. This will help us to fully support you prior to, during and upon completion of any applications on behalf of your clients. Hopefully making your experience simpler and more efficient.

Benefits in working with us

      

PROCESS

  • A fully compliant process that supports the requirements of the FCA’s Platform Market Study
  • We only ask for client signatures if the existing provider requires a letter of authority
  • As a member of TISA Exchange Limited (TEX), we provide automated electronic transfers between fund managers and other platforms, allowing for a smoother process.
  • Our re-registration and transfer process is fully online.

PEOPLE

  • Support from our experienced and skilled transfer specialists
  • Consultative engagement to help design and implement your bespoke transfer plan
  • Continuous point of contact throughout your transfer project.

TOOLS

  • Online illustrations are available if required
  • Within an Investment account, you can enter the acquisition costs once assets are re-registered, in order to receive capital gains reporting
  • Re-registration and transfer tracking tool provided as an integral part of your clients' accounts.

TECHNOLOGY

  • We support you in understanding whether the fund/share class held by your clients are available on the platform and available for re-registration
  • A bulk re-registration/transfer service, should you wish to move a book of business altogether.

This service is available for ISAs, Pensions and Investment Accounts. We also offer a cash transfer service for ISAs and Pensions.

Important notice about the proposed protected age for pension benefits

The minimum age that most clients can access their pension benefits is currently age 55, however, the Government is proposing to increase this to 57 from 6 April 2028. The Government has outlined its proposals in a consultation document which can be found on the government website.
 
In the consultation the Government proposes that existing pension holders, as at 11 February 2021, can have their retirement age of 55 protected for pension benefits in that particular scheme.  If the holder transfers that pension to another scheme, the current proposals state that the protected retirement age could be lost. In addition to this, customers who open a pension after the 11 February 2021 (and who will be 55 after 6 April 2028) will have to wait until they are at least 57 before accessing their pension savings (unless they are taking their pension due to ill-health).

As this is a consultation, it is not yet certain that the Government will go ahead with its proposals as outlined.

We will keep you updated as further details are confirmed.

Making transfers simpler

In order to make transfers between platforms easier, the FCA are introducing some new rules from 1 February 2021. In future, platforms will be required to work together to find common share classes so that more in-specie transfers (re-registrations) can take place.

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Other useful information

We have listed below some general points for consideration, as in our experience understanding the process and what’s expected is key to a successful transfer for your clients:

  • Where are the assets moving from? i.e. platform, fund manager directly, product provider, Bank/Building Society?
  • What type of accounts are you transferring, ISAs, Investment Accounts or Pensions?
  • What types of fund/share classes are held?
  • Are you considering a re-registration or cash transfers?
  • Do any of the clients take an income and how do you intend to manage the income during the transfer process?
  • How will you communicate the planned transfer to the client?
  • Over what timescales are you looking to move the assets?

As mentioned at the top of the page, please email us if you would like to discuss new business opportunities or anything related to re-registrations or transfers.