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5 June 2024

Nucleus finds majority of UK adults sceptical about state pension future

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group (Nucleus), one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has released new research revealing that 71% of UK adults believe the state pension will not exist or will be less generous when they retire.

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22 May 2024

Nucleus Receives Regulatory Approval for the Acquisition of Third Financial

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s largest adviser platform groups with £89bn of assets under administration (AUA) from 235,000 customers, has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the acquisition of Third Financial.

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15 May 2024

Nucleus appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has announced the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to its board.

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25 April 2024

Nucleus hosts panel of inspiring women to discuss the importance of fostering inclusivity in the workplace

Nucleus hosted a panel discussion last week entitled ‘Inspiring Inclusion’, bringing together experts from across the industry to share stories of their own career journeys, and discuss the importance of building inclusive workplaces and attracting a more diverse pool of talent into our industry.

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HMRC announces the latest Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts, within their wider tax receipts document. HMRC tax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK (monthly bulletin) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

  • Total HMRC tax receipts for April 2023 to December 2023 are £580.8 billion, which is £26.0 billion higher than the same period last year.
  • IHT receipts for April 2023 to December 2023 are £5.7 billion, which is £0.4bn billion higher than the same period last year.
  • This suggests last year’s record breaking IHT receipts of £7bn look set to be broken again, continuing the strong upward trajectory over the last few years (see graph below).
  • The current £325,000 nil rate band has been at that level since 2009. The residential nil rate band was introduced on a phased basis between 2017 and 2020 and potentially gives an additional £175,000 nil rate band (making a total of £500,000) subject to certain rules.
  • Both are currently intended to be frozen until 2028.
  • There are rumours the Government may either scrap IHT entirely or cut the headline rate in the March Budget.
  • However, even if IHT were scrapped it is possible some tax would apply to assets passed on after death – for example, Capital Gains Tax.
  • The Labour party has said that if it wins the election it would reverse any abolition of IHT.
  • Given all of this the need for expert financial planning remains crucial.
     
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Andrew Tully, Technical Services Director at Nucleus said:
“It looks set to be another record-breaking year for IHT receipts. And with the Office of Budget Responsibility predicting the IHT take will be £8.4bn in 2027/28 receipts are set to continue growing strongly, despite slower house price growth, and may well exceed those OBR predictions, given this year’s receipt are on track for around £8bn.

“There are rumours the Government may consider changes to, or even the abolition of, IHT. However, with the possibility of other taxes applying to assets passed on after death, and Labour saying it would reverse any abolition, the need to engage early with planning and advice is crucial. Advisers can help manage an estate by setting up trusts, making use of gift allowances, and using a pension to pass on wealth to family in a tax efficient way.”

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Enquiries:

Linda Harper
Nucleus Financial Platforms group
T:  07876 145309


Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self-invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com
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Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has today announced that after a distinguished period of technical leadership and delivery, Andrew Smith is stepping down as Chief Digital Officer from the end of the year.  

Richard Rowney, Nucleus Chief Executive Officer said: “Andrew has been a key part of Nucleus throughout its journey.  He was one of the team that helped launch the wrap platform in 2006, playing a pivotal role by ensuring we focused on the needs of advisers in those early years.  After rejoining in 2015, he’s greatly contributed to the growth and transformation of the business, leading the development of our proposition through our investment in digital and technology.

“As part of my leadership team for the last two years, his support and contribution through the integration of Nucleus and James Hay has been invaluable. I would like to thank him for his commitment and leadership and wish him the very best for the future.”

Andrew Smith, Nucleus Chief Digital Officer said: “I’ve spent much of my career at Nucleus so it’s very much part of my DNA, but after a total of 13 years, I feel that now is the right time to look for a new challenge.  

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.  From a start up in Edinburgh in 2006 to the scale business we are today, it’s been a quite remarkable journey, not least as we’ve held onto our founding principle of serving the needs of advisers and delivering great customer outcomes. It’s been a privilege working with such brilliant teams over the years and I look forward to watching the continued success of the company.”


You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries:

Linda Harper

Nucleus Financial Platforms group
T:  07876 145309

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com 

 
Portrait of Andrew Smith

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has today announced it’s reducing the standard annual Nucleus Wrap platform charge by three basis points for holdings between £200k and £500k.

  • The cut will deliver an average 3.2% reduction for eligible customers.
  • Under the new standard pricing structure, a customer with assets of £500,000 would see their charge reduced by £450 over five years.

The rate cut is effective from 1 December and is the second major investment in reducing price for customers in the last 18 months.  In July 2022, the headline annual platform charge was cut from 35 to 33 basis points.

Nucleus’s commitment to investing in price has saved the group’s customers over £5m in the last two years, with a further £5m expected to be saved in 2024 through the combined price reductions.

Mike Regan, Chief Financial Officer at Nucleus said: “We’ve been clear that as we build scale this allows us to invest more in our service, product and price. I’m pleased that we are now sharing the benefit of our increased scale by introducing our second annual rate cut for Nucleus Wrap.

“This latest price reduction increases our competitiveness, and more importantly, delivers an improved outcome for many of our customers, who collectively will have saved more than £10m by the end of next year.

“Over the last 18 months we’ve invested more than £20m in our proposition, service and price as we deliver against the priorities of advisers, helping them to make their clients’ retirement more rewarding.”

New Nucleus Wrap customer standard charging structure

Previous charges

New charges

Tier

Standard charge

Tier

Standard charge

£0 to £0.5m

33bps

£0 to £0.2m

33bps

 

 

£0.2m to £0.5m

30bps

£0.5m to £1.0m

17.5bps

£0.5m to £1.0m

17.5bps

£1.0m+

5bps

£1.0m+

5bps


You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries:

Linda Harper 
Head of Public Relation

E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com
 

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com 

 
nucleus-price-cut

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has appointed Alexander Filshie as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), subject to regulatory approval.

He starts today taking over from Mike Regan who, as previously announced, has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer. Mike Regan replaces Alex Kovach who leaves at the end of the year. Alexander will join the Nucleus Executive Committee as well as the Board.

Alexander is an experienced board level CFO with a track record of success in M&A and delivering business transformation across both global blue chip businesses and fast moving fin-tech, payment and financial services institutions.

His experience spans private equity, public market and institutional ownership and during his thirty year career he has led high performing teams to support ambitious growing businesses.

Alexander joins from specialist mortgage lender, Kensington Mortgages where he was CFO for three years. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer at Visa Payments Ltd.

He has an impressive breadth of experience across the financial services sector, starting his career at PWC and then Standard Chartered, before going on to hold senior positions at global organisations including Barclays and American Express.  He has also held CFO roles across smaller specialized financial services groups and fintechs including World First and CLS Group.

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer at Nucleus, said: “Alexander has three decades of experience in the financial services sector and brings with him knowledge and expertise that will be instrumental in helping us to deliver on our strategy, as we continue to invest in our platform and build scale.

“This is an exciting time in our journey and I look forward to having Alexander in my executive team as we build the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform.”

Alexander Filshie, Nucleus CFO, added: “I’m delighted to be joining Nucleus at this exciting time, as it embarks on the next phase of its journey to become a scale player in the market, with a clear commitment to invest in the priorities of advisers and to deliver on its purpose to help make retirement more rewarding for customers.

“I’ve been extremely impressed by the trajectory of the business and in particular the vision and ambition of Richard and the wider executive team. With strong shareholder backing, and a strategy that is clearly working, Nucleus is well positioned to continue to capture the significant opportunities that exist in the platform market.”

You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries:

Linda Harper 
Head of Public Relation

E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com
 

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com 

 
Alexander Filshie CFO

HMRC today announced the latest Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts. < HMRC tax receipts and National Insurance contributions for the UK (monthly bulletin) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

  • For April 2023 to October 2023 these are £4.6 billion, which is £0.5 billion higher than the same period last year. 
  • This suggests last year’s record breaking IHT receipts of £7bn look set to be broken again, continuing the strong upward trajectory over the last few years (see graph below). 
  • The current £325,000 nil rate band has been at that level since 2009. The residential nil rate band was introduced on a phased basis between 2017 and 2020 and potentially gives an additional £175,000 nil rate band (making a total of £500,000) subject to certain rules.
  • Both are currently intended to be frozen until 2028.
  • There are rumours the Government may cut the headline rate of IHT in the Autumn Statement tomorrow.

Andrew Tully, Technical Services Director at Nucleus said: “It looks set to be another record-breaking year for IHT receipts, unless the Government moves to cut the headline rate as rumours suggest. And with the Office of Budget Responsibility predicting the IHT take will be £8.4bn in 2027/28 receipts are set to continue growing strongly, despite slower house price growth, and may well exceed those OBR predictions.

“Engaging early with good planning and advice can help to reduce or mitigate IHT. There are a number of ways advisers can help manage an estate for IHT purposes including setting up trusts, making use of gift allowances, and using a pension to pass on wealth to family in a tax efficient way.”

Expected record breaking Inheritance Tax receipts further demonstrate the need for financial planning


You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries:

Linda Harper 
Head of Public Relation

E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com
 

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 6,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com 

 
Expected record breaking Inheritance Tax receipts further demonstrate the need for financial planning
  • Nucleus UK Retirement Confidence Index is 6.9 with a negative outlook
  • Findings show planning drives considerable influence on retirement confidence
  • 49% of people aged over 50 do not have a detailed retirement plan
  • Only 16% of UK adults are ‘totally confident’ they have enough money to retire in comfort

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, today launches the UK Retirement Confidence Index.  

The comprehensive study, the first of its kind, involved surveying more than 2,200 UK adults aged 50 and over by YouGov. It’s based on responses to the central question of how confident those approaching or in retirement feel about having enough money to live on for the rest of their lives.

It reveals the confidence index is 6.9 out of 10, with a negative outlook.

Although this ‘score’ is higher than some might have predicted, there’s detail that indicates underlying sentiment points to challenges ahead for some groups of people who are less confident than others.

Planning significantly affects confidence. Just over half of respondents (51%) have a detailed plan for retirement. Only 20% have their plan in writing, but this doesn’t seem to affect confidence (8.1 vs 8.0).

Those without a detailed plan have the lowest confidence (4.6).  These results clearly indicate that planning is a key driver to people feeling positive about securing a rewarding retirement.  

But despite the power of planning, half of UK adults (49%) approaching retirement don’t have a detailed plan in place.

The negative outlook on the overall 6.9 index score reflects the rapid decline of defined benefit (DB) pension provision and inadequate defined contribution (DC) savings pots. It also speaks to more general concerns about the cost of living for 80% of respondents and inflation for 63%.

One of the most interesting findings in the report is that advice itself does not seem to have a material impact on the confidence of those people approaching or in retirement, though it is slightly higher for advised customers at 7.0 compared to a confidence score of 6.8 for those who have never taken advice.  

Experience also boosts confidence scores

The research also shows that people who have drawn on their pension savings report higher levels of retirement confidence than those who have not, regardless of whether they have taken advice.  Those who have received advice and accessed their savings score 7.2, compared to 6.6 for those who haven’t accessed their pension funds.  Non advised participants of the survey who’ve accessed their pension pots score a confidence rating of 7.3 compared to just 5.7 for those with pensions untouched.

This may be explained by the fact that retirees have experienced the immediate and tangible benefits of their savings or perhaps feel buoyed by a lump sum.  Although the concern here is that consumers’ decision making may be short term and to the detriment of quality of life in later years.

Two thirds of respondents’ report being ‘confident’ they will have enough to retire comfortably though just 16% are ‘totally confident’. This sentiment is largely attributed to an absence of debt. 

Risk appetite higher for advised consumers

When looking at investment risk attitudes, the overall tendency is for people to take a very low level when it comes to investing for retirement, with a mean score of 3.2 out of 10.  However, consumers who have had financial advice show the highest mean risk appetite at 3.9, indicating advised clients perhaps have a better or more informed attitude to risk.

Interestingly, the respondents with the highest retirement confidence score - those who have not received financial advice - have the lowest appetite for risk with a mean score of just 2.6.  The implication here is that people are missing out on potential growth opportunities in their portfolio – through not engaging with advice – which may impact the size of their pension pot. 

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer at Nucleus, said: “Our purpose is to help make retirement more rewarding. To do that we need to understand how people at this stage of life feel and what influences their decisions.

“We firmly believe in the value of planning and advice, which is why we’ve invested in this study. We set out to learn more about how we can help people live fulfilling lives in retirement, and how we and others in the industry might address potential issues getting in the way.” 

Andrew Tully, Technical Services Director at Nucleus added: “Among the many interesting findings, the stand-out piece of data for me is that advice itself does not necessarily lead to more confidence, but planning absolutely does. What that tells me is that we should all perhaps be looking at the advice gap from a different angle.

“If we focus on taking actions that lead people to engaging with the planning process, advice, and implementation of products, if required, will naturally follow. That for me is a new way of looking at the problem of engagement.”

He added: “We’re pleased to see people saying they are more confident than we anticipated though we need to urge caution here, for two reasons. The first is that confidence does not necessarily equate to people making the best decisions when it comes to pension planning. So, we would always encourage people to seek out professional help if they can.

“And the second reason for caution is that we believe retirement confidence is very likely to reduce over time due to dwindling numbers of defined Benefit arrangements and an increase in reliance on inadequately funded Defined Contribution plans. Auto-enrolment has been a huge success in getting many more people to save for their retirement. But we can’t stop there, the next challenge is to get more people saving more.”

2023 UK Retirement Index: 14 things the sector should do

Platforms and other providers:

  • Make the pensions dashboard work: the quality of data is key to empowering customers to act and make informed choices.
  • Free movement of pension funds: yes, we need checks and protection from foreseeable harms, but they should be proportionate to the likely level of risk.
  • Better consumer communication: clear, concise, and standardised plan information that anyone can understand, with easier access to information. There may also be some who recognise a need to act but simply don’t know how to. One solution is to make the steps towards guidance and advice much clearer.
  • Championing financial advice: commit to seeing through necessary service and technology developments, easing the advice process, and making professionals’ lives simpler. The benefits of planning and advice can be life changing – but these must be promoted if they are to help shift the dial on advice take-up.

Advisers:

  • Clear communication of services and costs: with so many variants of financial advice services, consumers cannot be expected to know the difference.
  • Embrace planning: it’s clearly vital to retirement confidence for consumers and holistic planning isn’t always part of the financial advice process. It needs to be.

Regulators:

  • Highlight the benefits of regulated advice: and the dangers of not seeking it.
  • Prioritising the real risks: more focus on the immediate dangers and bad players, with more effective use of resources. Don’t let the desire for a perfect outcome get in the way of a good customer outcome.
  • Target social media: tough regulation, targeting the ‘finfluencers’ with heavy penalties.

Government:

  • Make a plan to increase pension saving: most experts accept an 8% auto-enrolment contribution isn’t sufficient. We should aim for contributions to start gradually increasing before 2027, fifteen years after the introduction of auto enrolment.
  • Make the pensions dashboard happen: make it soon and make it effective. This will simplify and speed up the process of finding and consolidating pension funds. The same point stands for a solution to the small pots problem.
  • Clear, effective, and accessible communication and education: about the need for retirement planning and the risks of not doing so.
  • Funding and promoting financial education in schools: We need to normalise saving into a pension from as early an age as possible.
  • Stop the pension legislation merry-go-round: pensions are a long-term arrangement, and the legislative process should reflect that. Setting up an ongoing Independent Pensions Commission to develop long-term proposals for pensions and savings policy would bring much-needed consistency.

You can download a PDF of the press release here

Enquiries:

Nucleus

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

The lang cat

Mark Locke
Communications director
T: +44 (0) 7718 424711

About the research

The consumer research was carried out online by YouGov between 10 and 16 August 2023. The sample consisted of 2,208 UK adults aged 50 and over and who have pension pots or pension entitlements other than the State Pension.

The questionnaire covered a range of factors which play varying roles in driving retirement confidence up or down. These include type(s) of pension saved into, whether respondents have accessed their pension(s), whether they’ve taken advice, whether they’ve a plan for retirement, other assets available age gender employment status.

The lang cat, an insight, research and communications agency, specialising in financial services carried out the adviser and planner research interviews. They questioned advice professionals drawn from both their own adviser panel and the Nucleus Advisory Board.

The lang cat’s panel consists of more than 1,300 advice professionals representing a cross-section of firms and role types. The Nucleus Advisory Board plays a crucial role in planning and decision making across the business. Questions were structured around some key data findings to capture reactions, opinions and insight.

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 6,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancial.com 

Nucleus UK Retirement Confidence Index

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, explains the impact of today’s inflation figures on triple lock calculations for state pensions from April 2024 and calls for a sensible discussion around the future of the triple lock and the state pension system as a whole.

What was announced this morning

  • CPI Inflation for the year to September 2023 was 6.7%, the same rate as August (Consumer price inflation, UK - Office for National Statistics). This means prices are rising at the same fairly high rate as the previous month, well above the Bank of England’s 2% target 
  • September’s inflation figure is particularly important as it drives increases to many state benefits, increases in many pensions in payment from public sector pension schemes, and is part of the triple lock calculation for state pensions 
  • The triple lock means state pensions increase by the highest of inflation, earnings and 2.5%

This year the highest of those three is the 8.5% increase in earnings in July (this is higher than the CPI inflation of 6.7% to September and the fixed 2.5%). However there are suggestions the Government may use a lower figure of 7.8% as this is earnings growth excluding bonuses. The total increase in earnings is affected by one-off payments made to the NHS and civil service in June and July 2023.

The potential new state pensions from April 2024

  • If the headline single tier state pension increased by 8.5%, from April 2024 it would be £221.20 a week, up from the current £203.85 a week
  • If it was increased by the lower 7.8% figure it would be £219.75 a week
  • The maximum basic state pension paid to those who reached state pension age before 6 April 2016 is currently £156.20 a week and it would increase to £169.50 s week (assuming 8.5% increase) or to £168.40 (at 7.8%)
  • While these are the headline rates many people receive less
  • An 8.5% increase in state pensions will cost around £7.6bn a year, whereas a 7.8% increase would cost approx. £7bn, so there is a significant saving if the Government use the lower earnings figure, excluding bonuses
  • The Government will make an announcement on State Pension uprating later this autumn confirming the final figures

Andrew Tully, Technical Services Director at Nucleus said: “The large increase in the state pension from April 2024 will be a welcome boost to the many people who are struggling given the current cost of living crisis. The last couple of years has taken its toll on finances, with many having to make difficult choices to make ends meet.

“Like many people we believe that the triple lock is not sustainable over the long term. We need a sensible discussion around the future of our state pension system as a whole.

“This includes what a reasonable state pension provision looks like and potential future increases to state pension age, as well as the future of the triple lock. The wider debate could also consider differing life expectancy across the UK, increasing private pension savings through auto-enrolment, and support for those below state pension age who aren’t able to work.

“A separate issue is there is a growing likelihood more pensioners will start paying income tax. The combination of large increases to state pensions over the last couple of years coupled with the freezing of most tax thresholds, mean the state pension will likely be around £11,500 a year, getting close to the personal allowance threshold of £12,570 where people start to pay income tax. The intention is the personal allowance will remain frozen until at least March 2028, which raises the possibility the headline state pension may overtake it at some point.”

The history of the triple lock

The triple lock was introduced from 6 April 2011 and means the basic state Pension and Single Tier State Pension increase by the highest of earnings, inflation (CPI) and 2.5%.

Since 2011/12, the state pension has been increased as shown in the table below. 

Tax year Rise in state pension Based on
2011/12 4.6% RPI(1)
2012/13 5.2% CPI
2013/14 2.5% Fixed 2.5%
2014/15 2.7% CPI
2015/16 2.5% Fixed 2.5%
2016/17 2.9% Earnings
2017/18 2.5% Fixed 2.5%
2018/19 3% CPI
2019/20 2.6% Earnings
2020/21 3.9% Earnings
2021/22 2.5% Fixed 2.5%
2022/23 3.1% CPI(2)
2023/24 10.1% CPI


(1) RPI inflation was the previous basis for State Pension indexation before the triple lock and the Government chose to use it in 2011/12
(2) Due to the impact of the Covid pandemic the Government chose to suspend the triple lock and use the higher of CPI and the fixed 2.5%


You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries

Linda Harper 
Head of Public Relation

E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com


Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 6,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com 

 
Nucleus calls for sensible discussion around future state pension system

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK's leading, independent, adviser platform groups, is now offering with profits on its Nucleus Wrap platform in partnership with Wesleyan.

The Wesleyan With Profits Growth Fund - the first With Profits fund designed specifically to sit on independent adviser platforms - aims to be a long-term investment solution, investing in a range of asset classes to diversify risk. The fund has a proven track record of delivering healthy returns over the longer term and aims to achieve greater consistency of returns through its unique smoothing mechanism which reduces the impact of short-term price fluctuations.*

Advisers accessing the fund benefit from daily pricing, daily smoothing and daily trading, providing a transparency and flexibility not previously associated with With Profits funds.

Other features of the fund include:

  • Can be blended with existing investment proposition
  • No MVAs, unit price adjustments or maximum withdrawals
  • Life and pension funds available within ISA and JISA accounts
  • Pension fund available within the pension account
  • Comprises 75% real assets (65% equities / 10% property)
  • FE risk score currently 10/100

Paul Bagley Nucleus Distribution Director said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Wesleyan to make this with profits fund available on our Nucleus Wrap platform, for both pensions and ISAs.

“Our ambition is to become the best retirement focused adviser platform.  As such, delivering the broadest range of investment solutions offers greater choice for advisers, helping them to deliver better outcomes for their clients and ultimately making their retirement more rewarding.

“We’re always listening to what advisers want and we know that demand to include with profit funds as part of centralised investment propositions is growing.”

Mario Mazzocchi, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive added:  “We’re delighted that Nucleus’s advisers and their clients now have access to a strong, actively managed smoothed fund. Smoothed returns offer a more consistent investment journey which is particularly attractive to investors in the current economic climate.

“As a financially strong mutual, we are able to maintain a high exposure to equities in the Fund delivering the potential for extremely competitive long-term performance.

“Wesleyan was the first provider to make a smoothed fund available via an independent platform because we recognised there was a long-standing gap in the market.
“This new partnership with Nucleus shows that we have created a flexible product that can easily be incorporated into a diversified portfolio on platform.”

You can download a PDF of the press release here
 

Enquiries

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relation
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com

Nicola Pledger
PR Manager
E: press@wesleyan.co.uk
T: +44 (0)7384 795544


Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com 

Wesleyan
Wesleyan is a UK-based financial services mutual offering a range of personal, professional, commercial and investments products through the Wesleyan Group of companies.
The Wesleyan Group has £7.2 billion of assets under management as at 31 December 2022.
 
Wesleyan was founded in Birmingham in 1841.
Wesleyan’s Investments Team was named Investment Team of the Year 2023 at the Insurance Asset Risk Awards.
To find out more visit: www.wesleyan.co.uk/intermediaries
*Wesleyan With Profits Growth Pension Fund Series A Factsheet

Nucleus financial press release
  • Alex Kovach decides to step back at end of year
  • Mike Regan to be appointed group CCO from 1 January 2024
  • Peter Docherty to be Nucleus group CRO from 1 January 2024

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s largest adviser platform groups with £80 billion of assets under administration from 250,000 customers, is today setting out changes to its Executive Committee for 2024. The planned changes follow the announcement of the completion of the Curtis Banks acquisition on 26 September 2023.

Nucleus Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Alex Kovach signalled earlier this year that he intended to step down after helping navigate the successful completion of the Curtis Banks deal. Now the transaction is complete, it has been agreed that Alex will leave at the end of the year and will be replaced by Mike Regan, currently Nucleus Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Alex Kovach joined from Interactive Investor in 2020 and has helped spearhead the rapid growth of the business via the acquisition and integration of Nucleus Financial plc, growing sales through new client wins, and the repositioning of the combined group as a purpose-driven, brand-led, scale leader in the sector. He’s led its commercial team to focus on investing in the priorities of advisers, improving products, service and price, so they can help make their clients’ retirement more rewarding.

Mike Regan has been CFO of Nucleus since September 2022 and is an experienced board-level director. His career track record includes success in M&A, leading business transformation, understanding client needs and developing high performing commercial teams. Subject to regulatory approval, from 2024 this experience will help drive Nucleus’s next stage of growth as CCO. Mike remains CFO until the end of the current year, and the process to appoint a new CFO has already started.

Peter Docherty, currently Interim CEO at Curtis Banks will become the Nucleus group’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO) from 1 January 2024, subject to regulatory approval. In the meantime, Peter retains his Curtis Banks CEO role.

Peter has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Since joining Curtis Banks in January this year, he led the team to successfully navigate the sale of the business to Nucleus. He was previously CEO and Managing Director of Embark Platform, and before that, CEO and CRO of Alliance Trust Savings.

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer of Nucleus, said: “The completion of the Curtis Banks acquisition is an important milestone in our corporate journey, and accordingly the right time to look to the future and plan ahead. On behalf of the Board and everyone who works in our group, I’d like to recognise Alex’s huge contribution towards the growth and transformation of the business, and thank him for everything he’s helped us achieve. I also thank him personally for his dedication and the support he’s given me personally, and I wish him well for the future.”

“This is an exciting time in our development into a scale leader in this sector, and I’m pleased to be able to appoint Mike and Peter into these important roles as we continue to build the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform group.

“Both have proved themselves to be exceptional leaders, with the intellect, skills and experience we need to offer advisers the platform and support that will help deliver great outcomes for their clients.”

Alex Kovach, Chief Commercial Officer added: “With the acquisition of Curtis Banks complete, and after three and a half excellent years with the business, I’m following through on my intention to now move on. I look forward to handing over the commercial baton to Mike so he can help lead the business through its next phase of growth.

“I’ve hugely enjoyed my time with Nucleus and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved, most significantly building a fantastic commercial team. My roles at both ii and Nucleus have been characterised by rapid growth and transformation, and I’m now looking to take some time out before starting the next chapter.”

You can download a PDF of the press release here 


Enquiries: 

Tom Allison
TB Cardew
T: 0778 9998020

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309


Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platforms group offers investment platforms and products exclusively to financial advisers, that ultimately help make retirement more rewarding.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com  

 
Nucleus financial press release

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has appointed Andrew Tully as Technical Services Director.

Andrew is a well-known and highly respected pensions expert and industry commentator, with a career spanning almost 35 years working in high profile roles across the sector.

He was most recently Technical Director at Canada Life and prior to this was Pensions Technical Director at MGM Advantage. He has also held senior roles with a number of other leading pension providers including Standard Life and Aegon.

Andrew will be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of regulation, legislation and taxation issues, leading Nucleus’s experts that work with advisers. The team create white papers, run masterclasses, and generally help advisers to resolve technical issues and challenges so they can deliver better outcomes for their customers, and ultimately help them have a more rewarding retirement.

He'll also have a particular focus on helping shape Nucleus’s retirement propositions, working with industry groups and lobbying regulators and Government. The role reports to Chris Williams, Nucleus’s Propositions Director.

Andrew will join Nucleus on 29 September and will take over the responsibilities of Neil MacGillivray, who is retiring as head of the technical support unit after a successful twenty five year career with James Hay and Nucleus. Neil leaves at the end of the year after a handover to Andrew.

Chris Williams, Proposition Director at Nucleus, said: “We welcome Andrew to Nucleus and are thrilled to have attracted a true industry heavy-hitter to our growing team. He has an impressive track record of championing the retirement causes of interest to advisers and their clients, and is one of the best known and most respected pensions names in the industry.

“He’ll also help us shape our retirement proposition, ensuring that our priorities are aligned with those of advisers and that we support them in every way we can to help their customers plan for retirement.”

Andrew Tully, Technical Services Director, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Nucleus at this exciting time in the platform’s evolution, as it cements its position as a scale player in the industry with a very clear purpose to help make retirement more rewarding.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team to play my part in helping to build the best retirement platform for advisers and their clients, and to improving understanding of pensions so that more people can look forward to a secure and rewarding future.”

You can download a PDF of the press release here 


Enquiries: 

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309


Notes to editors:

About the Nucleus Financial Platforms group
The group offers investment platforms and products that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Curtis Banks is one of the UK’s largest administrators of SIPP and SSAS solutions for customers and businesses. It is one of Europe’s largest commercial property landlords, a specialist area for self invested pensions. The business maintains a focus on providing high levels of technical support, robust service, modern technology and innovation.
Together we’re one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform and product groups, with approximately £80 billion in assets under administration, helping nearly 5,000 advisers make retirement more rewarding for almost 250,000 customers.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com  

 
Nucleus appoints pensions expert Andrew Tully as Technical Services Director

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