Were you Miss-led about your Pension Advice?

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15 more companies added to the list of companies in default.

Consumers could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with any of the 15 failed financial firms (listed below) the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) declared in default during November and December 2017.

LONDON

  • Nationwide Taxi Sale, 98 RAILWAY ARCHES, E2 6JG Fairfax I.S. PLC, C/O BDO LLP, W1U 7EU
  • Alan Day (Holdings), 606 GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD, ENFIELD, EN1 3WX

WEST MIDLANDS

  • Foley Financial Services Limited, FINANCE HOUSE, 106 FOLEY ROAD WEST, B74 3NP SOUTH WEST
  • George White Motors Limited, ATHENA AVENUE, ELGIN INDUSTRIAL AVENUE, SN2 8EJ
  • Knightsbridge Financial Management Limited, 9 LORD WILMOT HOUSE, CAVALIER COURT, SN14 6LH

SOUTH EAST

  • Approach (UK) Limited, NEW STREET, ANDOVER, SP10 1DS
  • Richfield Limited, 70 THE BROADWAY, CHESHAM, HP5 1EG
  • Aspen Financial Planning Limited, 87 HOPEWEL DRIVE, CHATHAM, ME5 7NL

NORTH WEST

  • Bcf Solutions, 55 BACK LANE, WN6 9LH
  • Luapkram Limited (formerly Ashton Hoyle Limited), 7 PAYNTER CLOSE, BARROW, CLITHEROE, LANCASHIRE, BB7 9FA

NORTHERN IRELAND

  • M & P Financial Planning Limited, 12 DUNMORE STREET, BT52 1EL

WALES

  • Available Mortgages, 1 PRIORY VIEW, LANGSTONE, NP18 2NZ
  • Cumulus Investment Management Limited, REGUS HOUSE, MALTHOUSE AVENUE, CF23 8RU
  • Park Grove Financial Management Limited, MARINE DRIVE, 275 COWBRIDGE ROAD EAST, CF5 1JB

 

If you took financial advice from any of these companies please contact us today on 01942 619911 and we will be able to advise you about any compensation that you may be entitled to.


TailorMade Independant Ltd Pension Woes!

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In 2015 Robert Shaw, former director of advisory firm TailorMade Independent Ltd (TMI), was banned from senior positions in financial services and fined £165,900 by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The FCA found Mr Shaw failed to ensure that TMI assessed the suitability of investments made through self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) for its customers, and failed to ensure that TMI identified and managed its conflicts of interests.

The FCA said – “Robert Shaw exposed customers to risky investments without considering if these products would meet their needs. In addition, he personally benefitted from sales of these products without revealing to customers the full extent of the benefits he received. His actions mean that many customers faced losing all of their hard earned pension funds. This is not the conduct we expect of senior individuals.”

The FCA found that Mr Shaw benefitted financially from being the director and shareholder of TailorMade Alternative Investments (TMAI), an unregulated introducer, which referred clients to TMI.  The financial benefit he received created a conflict of interest with his duty to TMI’s customers to run the business compliantly. These payments created a conflict of interest and so should have been identified, and then disclosed to customers. However, no adequate disclosure was made.

TMI provided advice to customers on transferring their existing pension funds into unregulated investments such as green oil, biofuels, farmland and overseas property via SIPPs. Between 2010 and 2013, 1,661 customers invested £112,420,985 in these investment products, many of which were not typically permitted by their existing pension schemes. More than half of the affected customers invested in overseas property operated by the Harlequin group of companies, which are under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

TMI has ceased trading and is now in liquidation. If you were dealing with TMI in or before 2015 and were persuaded to transfer your pension contact us today on 01942 619911 or by email at info@compiclaims.com

*TailorMade Independent is in no way connected to Taylor Made Financial Planning LLP.


More Pension Scams Uncovered!

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The Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into storage unit investment schemes, and revealed that more than £120m has been poured into them.

The SFO says it is probing several firms, including Capita Oak Pension and Henley Retirement Benefit, plus some schemes that included investments in other products. It adds that more than 1,000 individual investors are thought to be affected by the alleged fraud, though it thinks the number could be much higher.

“Pension liberation” scams – where people are persuaded to transfer or cash in their pension pots and put the money into pension investments – have been around for years, but there has been a surge in activity since April 2015 when the government introduced reforms giving over-55s more freedom in terms of what they can do with their retirement cash.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be collecting data from all financial advice firms which hold pension transfer permissions during this year.

In October, the FCA revealed that advice in more than half of the defined benefit pension (DB) transfers where the recommendation was to move the retirement pot was unsuitable or unclear.

From a total of 88 DB transfers analysed by the watchdog since October 2015, only 47 per cent were suitable. The regulator found that 17 per cent were unsuitable and in the remaining 36 per cent suitability was unclear.

The ability to transfer your pension into something that on the face of it looks like it will generate extra income for your retirement is an attractive proposition for many people but should be considered only after realising that there is a possibility of losing money!

If what you are being offered looks to be too good to be true it probably is!

If you think that you have been given poor pension advice and as a result your pension is not performing as expected contact us today on 01942 619911 or by email at info@compiclaims.com.


Pension not Performing

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Is your pension not performing as expected? Do you wish that you had left it where it was and not accepted the advice that you were given?

All may not be lost as you may have been mis-advised and may even be entitled to compensation!

The internet is full of websites offering advice about what to do with your pension but how do you know if the advice given is sound? After all, the adviser is going to make money out of the advice once accepted! Does the adviser really have your best interests in mind or is he/she more interested in the commission that they are going to earn?

There are also criminal elements whose sole purpose is to gain your confidence and access your pension!

They might:

  • contact you out of the blue, either over the phone, text or email claim to know about loopholes that can help you get more than the usual 25% tax-free
  • offer high returns of over 8% from overseas investments or new or creative investments
  • offer a ‘loan’, ‘saving advance’ or ‘cashback’ from your pension
  • suggest you put all your money in a single investment (in most circumstances, a financial adviser will suggest you spread your money across different schemes)
  • send paperwork to your door by courier requiring an immediate signature.
  • say they’ll help you access your pension pot before the age of 55 (unless you’re seriously unwell or have a certain type of scheme, this isn’t legally possible)
  • pressure you into making a decision quickly
  • only have a mobile phone number and/or a PO box address as contact details

 

If you’re planning to take your pension early, check whether there will be any penalties for doing so. If it’s a workplace pension, you may need your employer’s agreement to do so.

If you think that you have been mis-advised or duped by fraudsters contact us today on 01942 619911 for free and impartial advice.


Mis-sold Pension?

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With more and more people in the UK now believing that they were given bad advice over their pensions or were persuaded to invest it elsewhere, there has been a huge increase in people looking to seek compensation.

The large financial institutions, banks, and lenders etc don’t want to pay compensation or settle claims, because it’s not in their interest to. It can be the case that they will reject many claimants, and this can make people give up at the first hurdle.

Even if you don’t have all of the details of a historical meeting or consultation with an advisor, we can dig through the archives and find out what happened, why you were mis-sold, and how much compensation you could be owed.

If any or all of the following points apply to the advice you were given you may have a claim.

  • If your financial or pensions advisor didn’t explain the risks properly to you
  • If your advisor did not properly assess your financial situation with a fact find
  • If the advisor told you that your pension plan would definitely pay off your mortgage
  • If the advisor did not explain that the amount you would get back depended on performance
  • If the advisor did not properly explain the fees and charges involved

Remember most advisors are commission driven so getting you to accept their advice is the most important thing to them!

If you think that this applies to you contact us today on 01942 619911 and speak to one of our experts.


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