Set up in 2011 and incorporated in 2014, Colonial Capital Group Plc was to “take advantage” of dislocation in the US housing market in areas such as Chicago, and was offering investors in Colonial Capital Group 3 year bonds 12% interest and 100% of the investment funds back when redeemed.
But like so many other “SIPP approved”, HIGH RISK Overseas Property Schemes, Colonial Capital Group doesn’t look set to deliver on those promises to investors, as it is now in liquidation, leaving some investors with doubts over the future of their Colonial Capital investments, and in some cases, their retirements.
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Published on Companies House in March 2017, the Administrator’s proposal outlines some of the reasons that led up to Colonial Capital entering into Administration. It details how some investors regularly asked Colonial Capital for proof that they had purchased the properties, but none was “forthcoming”.
By November 2017, less than a year after the Administrators arrived on the scene, Colonial Capital went into a creditors voluntary Liquidation. The Metropolitan Police had $304k of money held, and over $6.5m had been loaned out to another company.
We’re not completely sure yet, but we do know that it was always a high-risk investment.
As part of any insolvency proceedings involving administration or liquidation, updates are produced by the new management to explain their intentions, the state of the company and what may happen next.
The administrators progress report from 2017 says:
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With assets based abroad, Colonial Capital was not regulated by the FCA in the same way as many standard stock market investments.
Considered to be a non-standard investment, it was automatically in the high-risk category, despite what a financial adviser may have told you.
A Self-Invested Personal Pension is a type of private pension that allows a greater range of investments.
Because many SIPPs allow high-risk investments, they are often mis-sold by financial advisers who failed to consider whether the investments were suitable for their client, therefore exposing them to more risk than is suitable for them.
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Unlikely, as the company itself is now in voluntary liquidation. However if a financial adviser negligently adviser you to invest, there may be a route to a claim.