Bank interest

With effect from 1 February 2021, we have changed the way we pay interest on any cash that you hold in the SIPP bank account.

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee is responsible for setting the UK’s Bank Rate. The Bank Rate determines the rate of interest that the Bank of England pays to commercial banks that deposit money with them. It influences the rates those banks charge people to borrow money or pay on their savings. If the Bank Rate changes, the interest rates that apply to financial products can change too as the cost of providing some products is strongly influenced by the Bank Rate.

We may receive variable interest from our banking counterparties – an annual estimate is shown on your latest personal illustration. We use this interest to help meet the running costs of your plan. The amount of interest we share with you will be determined by the Bank Rate and the annualised rate of interest achieved by Curtis Banks. We will update and disclose this figure at the start of each calendar quarter.

The Bank of England Bank Rate as at 1 July 2021 is 0.1%

Annualised gross interest rate received in the quarter 1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021 was 0.79%

The rate of interest that we will share with you from 1 July 2021 will be 0%.

What does a Bank Rate change mean for you?

A change in Bank Rate directly affects the amount of interest available which we may pay to your plan. The Bank of England Bank Rate at the start of each calendar quarter will determine how much interest will be applied to any cash that you hold in your SIPP bank account. This means that the interest you receive is not guaranteed to stay the same, and is likely to change if the Bank Rate changes. It can go up or down.

The impact of changes in the Bank Rate is shown in the table below and this will be applied to the annualised rate of interest achieved by Curtis Banks:

Bank of England Rate Proportion of interest paid to your plan
0.5% or below 0%
0.51% – 1.00% 40%
1.01% – 2.00% 50%
2.01% – 3.00% 60%
3.01% – 4.00% 70%
4.01% – 5.00% 80%
5.01% or above 90%

What is a ‘tiered’ interest rate and what does it mean for you

The interest rates payable to your plan explained in the above table operate on a tiered basis. The tiered system we apply means that the higher the Bank Rate, the greater the proportion of interest we pay to your plan.

For example, if the Bank Rate is 1.00%, if the annualised rate of interest achieved by Curtis Banks is 1.25%, and if the balance in your bank account is £10,000 for a 12 month period; your plan will receive interest as follows:

Bank of England Rate Proportion of interest paid to your plan Amount of interest paid to your plan
0.5% or below 0% £0 per year
0.51% – 1.00% 40% 0.5 x 40% x 1.25% x £10,000 = £25 per year

The rate of interest earned by Curtis Banks will be updated each quarter. The tier levels are set by Curtis Banks and are subject to change without notice.

What happens in the event of a negative Bank of England Bank Rate?

In the extraordinary event that the Bank Rate drops below zero, no interest will be paid to your plan. Curtis Banks reserves the right to recoup any costs associated with operating the SIPP bank account under our product specific Terms and Conditions for your plan. We will inform you of any charges, giving you as much notice as reasonably possible, which will generally be at least 30 days in line with the product specific Terms and Conditions of your plan.

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