How safe is my cash?
We are conscious of our position of trust and the responsibilities we have with your money and investments. With this in mind, we regularly review our banking relationships and the distribution of deposits. We only use highly-rated institutions as assessed by respected credit rating agencies or institutions where we can have security in return for the deposit. In addition, we currently hold substantially more than the amount of regulated capital required under the Financial Conduct Authority’s rules.
Where is your cash held?
Cash deposits for all customer accounts are spread across Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, and Bank of Scotland. The mix of the deposits varies on a daily basis between these institutions. All customer cash deposits are held in separate accounts from The Share Centre's own accounts.
Are cash deposits covered?
All cash deposits are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) or by a similar European Programme. The FSCS allows for a maximum of £85,000 across all cash the customer holds with each bank to be claimed in the event that any of these banks fails. While our customers’ money is held in a pooled account, the FSCS limits apply to each individual customer. This does mean that any other deposits (directly or indirectly) held by a customer with a failed institution should be taken into account when calculating their compensation relative to the £85,000 limit.
View our staying secure page for further information on potential threats and how to keep your accounts safe from fraud.