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…

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…

SIPP administrators told to stop allowing “cr*p” investments in their pensions

Speaking at an event, solicitor Philippa Hann told SIPP providers that it was time to “take responsibility” as SIPP pensions were “not simply a bucket into which a pile of cr*p can be poured”. In recent years, some SIPP providers have allowed thousands of people to invest in high-risk and unregulated investments – everything from…

Greyfriars Asset Management SIPP & DFM goes into administration

Greyfriars Asset Management LLP, a firm that dealt with both SIPP pensions and Discretionary Fund Management (DFM), has gone into administration. A note on the official public record (The Gazette) said that Greyfriars have appointed administrators from Smith & Williamson LLP on the 23rd of October 2018. What does “going into administration” mean? Going into administration…

FCA concerns over mis-leading labelling of investment portfolios

Do you really know if your SIPP portfolio investments are “cautious”? The UK regulator has criticised some investment platforms for labelling investment portfolios in a may that may “mislead” customers about the risk the investments present. Many investment companies build portfolios of investments, and label them with names such as “cautious”, “Conservative” or “balanced”, but…

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Ombudsman Upholds Claim Against Guinness Mahon For High-Risk Investments

The FOS has upheld a complaint against SIPP provider Guinness Mahon relating to the mis-selling of high-risk investments within some of their their Self-Invested Personal Pensions. In the case, the individual was introduced to high-risk investments and the Guinness Mahon SIPP by Avocade – an unregulated introducer rather than a regulated financial adviser. Avocade is…