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20 August 2014
Xafinity, one of the UK’s leading SIPP providers, has frozen its fees for the coming year.
At a time when many providers are increasing their charges, some across the board and some selectively targeting fees, such as exit charges, Xafinity has chosen to hold its fees for another year.
The decision comes off the back of extensive communication with Xafinity’s adviser partners and ongoing research of their opinions. Most recently, Xafinity research highlighted advisers having seen increases in SIPP fees, with 62% having seen a rise in set up fees, 94% a rise in annual fees, and 44% an increase in exit fees. 39% of advisers believe that providers are increasing exit fees in order to discourage transfers out.
Andy Bowsher, director of Self Invested Pensions at Xafinity, commented: “Fees are currently a highly emotive issue in the market, and many financial advisers that we speak to believe that some providers are abusing their contractual ability to increase fees. Our view remains that we will charge fees on the basis of the costs to manage the accounts and, for this reason, we are delighted to be able to freeze our fees for another year.”
“Fees are however only part of the package and that is why we continue to deliver a high quality and personal service to all our customers. We provide dedicated single point of contact in our administration team for all financial adviser firms, backed up by a very strong technical and compliance team.”
“Xafinity is also a well-capitalised SIPP provider and we are in a very comfortable position against the recent announcement by the FCA in respect of capital adequacy requirements. We were prudent and disciplined in our approach to unregulated investments in the years when some providers were not so. We currently hold capital well in excess of both the current and recently announced future FCA requirements.”
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Notes to editor:
Setting up the main SIPP bank account - £150
Annual administration fees - £250 p.a.
Transferring in existing pensions - Free
Closing a SIPP - Free
Paying contributions (not in specie) - Free
Investing in one of the following: £108 per event
Stockbroker, Discretionary Fund Manager, investment platform
Standard investment (includes Unit Trust, OEIC, Trustee Investment)
Sale or closure of main investment
Paying benefits - £129 per event
Drawdown processing - £13 per payment
Core SIPP fees
Opening a SIPP - Free
Annual administration fees:
0.24% p.a. of funds in the SIPP Subject to £174 p.a. min and £570 p.a. max
Closing the SIPP £129 per transfer, £430 for closure
Setting up the main SIPP bank account Free
Transferring in existing pensions £58 per transfer
Paying contributions (not in specie) Free
Paying in specie contributions £169
Paying benefits £129 per event
Drawdown processing £13 per payment
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Xafinity SIPP Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You can check our FCA authorisation here. Our reference number is 461791.