Yes, Wealthify is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
The FCA regulates the financial services industry in the UK. It has three operational objectives in support of this strategic goal: to protect consumers, to protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system, and to promote healthy competition between financial services providers in the interests of consumers.
Up to the first £85,000 of your money invested with Wealthify can be protected by the FSCS in the event of the insolvency of your custodian Winterflood Securities, Embark, or Wealthify.
Aviva and Wealthify are independently covered by the FSCS scheme, so a customer holding investments with both companies may be covered by the FSCS on each of their investment balances up to £85,000.
However, it’s important to understand that the FSCS doesn't cover you in the event that your investments do not perform as expected and you get back less than you originally invested.
When you sign up for a Wealthify Plan, we will use the bank details you give us and online sources such as the electoral roll and credit reference agency databases to check both your identity and address. We need to obtain this information in order to comply with UK anti-money laundering regulations.
Occasionally, we may not be able to verify your identity electronically, in which case we will get in contact with you to request additional forms of identification.
The type of identification we ask for will depend on what details we need to confirm. We will ask you to send one or more items from LIST A if we need proof of address identification, and one or more forms of ID from LIST B if we need proof of identity. Both lists are below.
A certified copy is a photocopy or scan of your original ID, signed by a responsible third party to certify that it is a true copy – there’s a list of suitable certifiers below.
N.B. Your proof of address MUST CLEARLY show your full address to be accepted. PO Boxes WILL NOT be accepted.
DO NOT send originals of the documents in this list as we CANNOT guarantee to return them and we DO NOT accept responsibility for loss of original documents sent to us.
Please send certified copies only – i.e. a photocopy or scan of your original ID, signed by a responsible third party to certify that it is a true copy. A list of suitable certifiers can be found below.
The person who certifies the copy of your original identification must hold a position of responsibility, such as those described in the list below.
The person certifying your documents must also:
If available, they should stamp the copy with an official company stamp.
You can send your ID in the post to Wealthify, Tec Marina, Terra Nova Way, Penarth, CF64 1SA.
It’s up to you. You should not send any original ID to us, as we cannot take any responsibility for it being returned safely to you, this makes it less necessary to use registered post, however you can if you wish.
No, we don’t run a formal credit check. We use the credit reference agencies to verify your details and this leaves a footprint on your profile, but it doesn’t affect your credit rating in the same way as a credit check.
You can find our Terms and Conditions here: www.wealthify.com/terms-and-conditions
You can find all of Winterflood Securities Limited policies by clicking on the links below:
We need to know your nationality as part of our regulatory requirements. If you’re a UK national, this is covered with your National Insurance Number, for non-UK nationals or those with dual-nationality, we’ll need your National Client Identifier.
Please note: US citizens or those paying tax to the US are not able to invest with Wealthify.
Its full name is Market in Financial Instruments Directive II. Its key aims are to offer better investor protection and increase transparency.
It does this in several ways, and we’ve included the highlights below.
Costs & charges
Traditionally some investment companies haven’t included all the costs that relate to the service provided. For instance, not including fund charges or the transaction costs related to buying and selling investments. These must now be included to make it clear exactly what you’re paying for.
Research has previously found that some customers struggle to understand charges when displayed as percentages. MiFID II requires investment companies to show this in both percentages and monetary amounts making it easier to see what the service costs you.
Knowledge & competence of employees
MiFID II introduced new rules around the knowledge and competence of employees, ensuring that the employees you speak to have an excellent understanding of the products and services we offer. Clearly, this has always been a top priority for us!
The new regulation has strengthened the rules around ensuring that companies offer their customers suitable investment portfolios. We do this when you go through our questionnaire when you first sign up to Wealthify.
We are now required to report the trades we place to the regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This allows the FCA to keep tabs on all the trades placed by investments companies throughout the UK to protect the financial system and you from any potential market abuse, sometimes called insider trading.
If you do not provide your nationality details, we will not be able to buy and sell exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on your behalf, and this could impact on the performance of your Wealthify Investment Plan. As we cater for both Channel Islands and UK mainland, it is necessary to know your nationality details so that we are able to generate the appropriate Consolidated Tax Certificate.
The new rules require us to share your name, date of birth, nationality and National Client Identifier (NCI) with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for every ETF trade we place on your behalf.
We issue a yearly tax statement to customers who hold investments within a general investment account (GIA) or in other words a 'non-ISA' account.
If you hold a GIA you will receive a consolidated tax certificate (CTC) which includes details of any dividends and income for the period.
As dividend, income or capital gains are not reportable on ISAs, you will not receive a report if you hold an ISA plan.
Each time we buy and sell investments on your behalf, it results in a capital gain or loss. Your account will contain all transaction information which can then be used to calculate this figure, since we may still trade on your behalf during periodic rebalancing of customers’ plans. If you need to declare capital gains on your self-assessment tax return, you’ll need to combine this figure with any other capital gains or losses made from other investments you hold. If you're subject to UK tax in the usual way you have a capital gains total allowance of £12,300 in the financial year 2020/21 and will only need to report total gains in excess of this.
Receiving a CTC does not mean that you have to complete a tax return — we are required to send this information to customers who held any investments outside an ISA for any time during the period.
If you’re unsure if you have to complete a tax return, visit www.gov.uk/self-assessment-tax-returns/who-must-send-a-tax-return or call the HMRC helpline on 0300 200 3300.
Learn more about Capital Gains Tax: www.gov.uk/topic/personal-tax/capital-gains-tax
The tax treatment of your investment will depend on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.