Through the Novia Platform we provide a comprehensive suite of tools for Advisers. We developed the tools based on Advisers’ requirements so that they can simply and easily inform and manage clients’ investment decisions. We seek to add value by cutting out unnecessary paperwork and the time wasted by repeatedly having to re-enter data.
The tools can be used to create standalone reports, to help build portfolios and to support full investment reviews. Our bespoke CGT Calculator, Lifestyle Planner and Model Portfolio Manager are highly regarded.
We provide the tools in conjunction with our expert partners, such as Financial Express, and there is no charge to users of the Novia Platform.
In addition to the Novia tool suite, we offer comprehensive management information capabilities. Please find out more the on theReport Zone page.
Our Risk Profiler can be used as part of your fact find process or it can be seamlessly utilised as part of a full portfolio build.
The Risk Assessment Questionnaire was constructed by our investment and actuarial consultancy and asks a series of questions to identify a client’s attitude to investment risk. The resulting risk score will range from 1 and 10, with 10 reflecting the highest appetite for investment risk.
We help Advisers to identify the assets that meet a client's needs.
Our Asset Selector can be used as either a standalone tool or as part of a full portfolio build. It offers a range of filters. These can be used to reduce the funds displayed to those that are most relevant.
Advisers can also generate an optimised range of assets based on a risk profile from either our Risk Profiler or from another pre-determined source. Advisers can amend the assets selected as required.
In addition, all pre-built model portfolios are available for selection as part of new business, new wrapper and top-up online processes.
Fund Information and Charting
Our Fund Charting tool allows Advisers to monitor the performance of individual funds over a choice of time periods and compare it to other funds and benchmarks, such as sector averages and indices.
It is possible to chart funds and select fund fact sheets based on information provided by Financial Express.
The assets that can be monitored include unit trusts/OEICs, life and pension funds, investment trusts and ETFs.
Editable Client Reports and Illustrations
To help Advisers produce documentation, as part of new business or top-up processes, we have created a pro-forma Client report in Word format. Advisers must tailor any client report accordingly and may wish to add further content to the example wording provided.
Information on product wrappers can be used in Adviser communications and letters to clients. Illustrations at asset type or class level can be generated.
Model Portfolio Evaluator
Model Portfolio Evaluator enables an Adviser to:
evaluate a client's portfolio against efficient model portfolios they have previously constructed and supplied to us. This means Advisers can easily and efficiently manage client's portfolios in accordance with their asset allocation and selection advice.
check the efficiency of the constructed portfolios against the market.
demonstrate a portfolio's risk against annualised return
demonstrate risk against return over a range of time frames
print and pdf any material created to use in presentations and submissions for clients
Portfolio Performance Review
This tool looks at the performance of a client's portfolio taking into account the client's actual cash flow and works out the rate of return earned on the client's money.
It is designed to answer the question ‘How has my money done?’ and can measure the success of switching strategies. The results can be particularly surprising when the review period is short, eg just a few months.
The calculation gives a true rate of return on the client’s money, taking into account investments and disinvestments. It considers the ‘Money Weighted’ rate of return which can be shown against a rate of return benchmark of the Adviser’s choice. All charges are taken into account when calculating the client’s rate of return, including the fund charges, Novia’s charges and the Adviser’s charges. For the benchmark portfolio only charges incurred at the time of investment of new money are included and the tool will not reflect the recurrent Adviser and Novia charges.
Portfolio Scanner (P-Scan)
We give Advisers the ability to "drill down" in portfolios to analyse their asset allocation, geographical/sector split, return compared to benchmarks and risk rating.
Our portfolio scanner that provides this breakdown of a client’s investments is called P-Scan and the reports generated are considered useful for client updates and annual review packs.
Model Portfolio Manager
Our Model Portfolio Manager (MPM) tool enables Advisers and DFMs to take full administrative control over their model portfolios, creating and managing them online.
The tool enables Advisers to construct and amend model portfolios for their clients.
MPM is also linked to existing analysis tools so that Advisers and DFMs can research assets at the point of construction, perform portfolio scans on completed models and carry out Portfolio Performance Reviews on specific clients. There is an instant submit, with no “overnight refresh” so Advisers can build portfolios then use them straight away for their clients.
Advisers can establish their own model portfolios or work with a DFM
an unlimited number of portfolios can be established for different risk profiles across all Novia product wrappers
we are able to work with any DFM and have existing relationships with over 60
the MPM provides the choice of updating some or all clients within a model by one simple instruction
MPM has the functionality to synchronise all clients' trades within a model portfolio. The unified dealing point provides equality across clients.
Our Lifestyle planning tool helps Advisers show their clients how their current investments may, or more importantly , may not meet their future lifestyle aspirations.
The tool creates graphs that show how a client’s financial objectives are being met by their current holdings. It demonstrates the amount of returns and/or contributions that are required to reach the goals set. It facilitates "what if" analysis and demonstrates the impact of different returns, contributions and/or retirement dates.
Lifestyle Planner is fully integrated with the Novia platform and is pre-populated from the existing client information to reduce the need for re-keying information.
It is incredibly useful, especially as part of periodic investment review meetings with clients, as it clearly demonstrates how small changes in risk profile or in regular investments can have a large impact on long term outcomes.
Capital Gains Reporting Tool
The CGT Calculator enables Advisers to provide both realised and unrealised gains reporting for their clients.
The calculator takes into account corporate actions and distributions. It allows the Adviser to capture previous acquisition costs in respect of re-registrations and in-specie transfers.
The Novia CGT Reporting Tool takes into account notional distributions on accumulation units, where income is reinvested back into units instead of being paid out to the Investor (as with Income units). Up until 6 April 2017, a withholding tax of 20% was taken from assets which contained at least 60% in fixed interest securities. This means there has always been the risk of double taxation. To avoid double taxation, the notional distribution is treated as allowable expenditure for capital gains tax purposes, and therefore the cost must be adjusted. The tool achieves this by raising the acquisition cost of the asset by the same amount as the notional distribution, removing it from CGT.
Where an Investor purchases units between the ex-dividend date and the dividend payment date, they will not be entitled to any income which has accrued in the fund before the units are purchased. Instead they will receive an equalisation payment, which represents the extra cost that they paid for the units (from accrued income) and is treated as a return of capital for CGT purposes. The capital receipt should therefore be deducted from the costs of the units for capital gains tax purposes when calculating the charge on eventual disposal.
You are also able to load the book cost which is fundamental when you are re-registering assets. Normally CGT tools assume the book cost to be the point of re-registration and capture an inaccurate valuation. This undermines the information generated. Our approach avoids this error and maintains the quality of the report.