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Regulator restrictions for IFA Strategic Wealth UK Ltd and Synergy


Restrictions have been imposed on advice firm Strategic Wealth UK Ltd by the Financial Conduct Authority, and revolve around pensions. Based from their offices in Deeside, Clwyd, Strategic Wealth UK Ltd are still authorised by the FCA – the UK’s financial services regulator and watchdog, but have been told to “cease all pensions business and … Continued

Mis-sold Investment: Rock Capital Group City Park Fund considered unsuitable for Mr P


The Financial Ombudsman Service upheld the complaint against Greystone Financial Services Limited about the investment made through a SIPP As detailed in FOS decision DRN1107272, the Rock City Fund which had purchased large office space in a business park in Glasgow using significant amounts of borrowing and investor capital, got into trouble in 2011 before … Continued

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FOS tells IFA Blackstar to pay client compensation over storage pod investments


BlackStar Wealth Management added to the long list of IFAs to give unsuitable SIPP pension advice over high-risk storage pod investments The Financial Ombudsman Service has ruled that Blackstar Wealth Management a complaint about a mis-sold pension from Blackstar Wealth Management should be upheld, after it was determined that advice for ‘Mr I’ to invest … Continued

can we close the loop-hole on pension cold-calls

How pension cold-calling scammers are already planning to dodge the cold-calling ban and take more pensions!


A TV documentary featuring Get Claims Advice Ltd as specialist consultants, has revealed just how unregulated introducers can loop-hole around the proposed pension cold-calling ban. The petition-driven ban against pension cold-calling, which would make it illegal for UK firms to call you out-of-the-blue about your pension, is currently on hold until after the general election, … Continued

ITV Tonight – How Safe Is Your Pension?


Is pension mis-selling finally be about to hit mainstream news on ITV? Potentially one to watch this week! “Adam Shaw looks at the fraudulent scammers targeting around 11 million people every year in a bid to get hold of their pensions, as the programme goes undercover to expose some of those trying to target the … Continued

date set for David Ames Fraud Trial

Fraud trial dates to be set for Harlequin investment boss David Ames


Chairman David Ames, previously described as a ‘Walter-Mitty type character’, gets trial date set, but not until September 2018! Harlequin Properties – an unregulated and high-risk investment that promised to build hotels in sunny-spots like the Caribbean and make investors a fortune, has often been described by critics and commentators as “troubled”, but with Chairman … Continued