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Is your DFM investment portfolio a scam?

04/17/2019

The FCA has warned that it has seen an increase in scams ran through discretionary fund managers – often a part of SIPP pensions. DFMs are portfolios of investment bonds The bonds are chosen and managed Portfolios are often rated by risk Many DFMs may involve scams Did you move your pension to a SIPP … Continued

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Torch Wealth Management to pay up over SIPP advice

03/11/2019

Financial advice firm Economic Financial Solutions IFA, which also went by the name of Torch Wealth Management, is set to pay a client compensation over SIPP pension advice. The Financial Ombudsman Service decided that Mr M’s complaint should be upheld, after he said he had suffered “severe financial losses” as a result of Torch Wealth … Continued

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Liberty SIPP makes the news with more links to high-risk investments

01/16/2019

SIPP pension provider Liberty SIPP is again ‘under fire’ over its links to high-risk and unregulated investments. Some SIPP companies allowed investments in alternative schemes, often based abroad and not regulated by the watchdogs at the FCA, including Liberty SIPP. Often linked to the Ethical Forestry situation, in which the Costa Rican forestry scheme entered … Continued

Man confused over financial advisers responses

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

12/10/2018

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 … Continued

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£17 million compensation bill for just 3 collapsed SIPP companies

11/29/2018

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

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

11/28/2018

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

Stacks of claims against Beaufort Securities

1,400 claims against Beaufort Securities land with FSCS

11/15/2018

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 … Continued

FCA letter to SIPP providers labelled important

SIPP administration firms under FCA scrutiny over insolvency plans

11/07/2018

SIPP administrators are being quizzed by the watchdogs and rule-makers at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over the plans they have in place should they become insolvent, and over their general resilience. The Regulator wrote out to SIPP providers following a ‘Dear CEO‘ letter the previous week, to ask them questions about their professional indemnity … Continued

Shuttered doors at Greyfriars asset management

Greyfriars Asset Management SIPP & DFM goes into administration

10/29/2018

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 … Continued

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