Financial advice firm refuses to declare that it gave advice over SIPP

Lighthouse Advisory Services – a principal IFA that has operated with several Appointed Representatives, has been told to pay compensation to a client by the Financial Ombudsman, because it refused to sign paperwork declaring that it gave financial advice. In a recently published financial ombudsman case, Mr B was given advise to transfer his two…

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…

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…

1,400 claims against Beaufort Securities land with FSCS

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which acts as a lifeboat to pay claims when firms cannot, has received over 1,400 mis-selling claims relating to the Beaufort Securities scandal. Beaufort, which entered into administration back in March shortly after it was revealed that parties relating to Beaufort were caught up in an FBI sting, provided discretionary…

5 financial advisers declared in default with FSCS: Can you claim?

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has declared five financial advice firms in default in the month of September 2018. They are: Cygnus Investment Management Ltd Soussan, Esq Foreman Financial Services Ltd (Graingerco) Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau (Stevenage) Ltd The Financial Factory Ltd What does being declared in default by the FSCS mean? When claims are…

Elysian Fuels saga: Future Capital Partners Limited enters into liquidation

Future Capital Partners Limited, the firm that managed the liquidated bio-fuels investment Elysian Fuels, has itself entered into liquidation. The news of FCP entering liquidation, which began in early September 2018, follows months of industry speculation after it was revealed that it was facing closure as HMRC probed investors. Elysian Fuels was declared a tax…

Insurance companies force advisers to pay more amid pension advice scandal

Financial advisers that want to continue to give people pension transfer advice over their final salary pensions or other types of Defined Benefit pensions may have to pay more to professional indemnity insurers due to a growing mis-selling scandal. After studying the advice of around 13 companies who gave advice about transferring final salary pensions, the…