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Less than 50% of pension transfer advice deemed suitable


Those who have transferred their final salary pensions may want to re-examine the advice they received, as the FCA promises ‘serious consequences’ for firms after an investigation revealed less than 50% of advice appeared to be suitable. Transfers of final salary pensions should never be undertaken lightly because of the rare and valuable benefits being … Continued

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Citywire publishes FSCS 2018 roundup, including SIPP collapses & more


Financial news publication, Citywire, has published an article chronicling the FSCS’s 2018 story, including focuses on the SIPP pension mis-selling scandal and the final salary pension transfer problem. What is the FSCS? The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is the lifeboat fund for the financial services industry in the UK. Different to the FCA (which makes … Continued

increase in scams

ScamSmart receives 462% increase in pension scam enquiries


Anti-pension scam campaign starting to pay off? New figures show that ScamSmart, the FCA’s anti-scam division set up to help people identify and avoid money scams, has recorded a 462% increase in pension scam enquiries since their summer advertising campaign. The website, which was previously recording around 562 daily visits, later recorded an average of … Continued

Mis-sold SIPP claims illustration

£17 million compensation bill for just 3 collapsed SIPP companies


The collapse of 3 SIPP pension providers, Brooklands Trustees, Montpelier Pension Administration Services and Stadia Trustees, has so far cost the FSCS £17 million in compensation. Because the three firms stopped trading and disintegrated, it meant that the FSCS had to step in, declaring the firms in default, which meant that it would consider paying … Continued

Microscope illustrating how the FCA is treating suspect IFAs

3000 financial firms to be quizzed over pension transfer risks


The Financial Conduct Authority, which both sets and enforces the rules for companies working in the financial services sector, is set to question around 3,000 firms about pension transfer risks, following suspicious surges in transfer activity over the past few years. In many cases, people may have been given negligent financial advice that led them … Continued

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FSCS may have to levy another £69m to pay for pension mis-selling compensation


The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is forecasting an extra £69 million levy to pay for pension mis-selling compensation, as claims about SIPP pensions and final salary pension transfers appear to rise. As the ‘lifeboat’ scheme for the financial services sector, the FSCS is often responsible for paying claims when companies can’t either because they cannot … Continued