To me the key word here is UNREGULATED. I make no apology for capital letters. A few months ago Panorama made a program called Pensions rip off exposed.
Firstly, I would like to state that pensions are not a rip off, they are there to provide an income for when you retire. However, that said there are many schemes with promises of huge returns which invest in investments such as a hotel room in the Caribbean which has yet to be built. You cannot visit or use this hotel room. You can invest in many of these unregulated products which give you little or no protection. There was the Harlequin property disaster where many have lost £1000s. Investors were promised returns of over 10% per annum guaranteed. The question you need to ask is, if the bank can only give me 1% currently, then how is it possible to get 10%? That said, I also take a view that many investors have also been driven by an element of greed. That does not detract from the fact that many of these unregulated investments pay huge commissions so there is mass pressure to encourage people to sign up.
My final advice, if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. If you deal with a professional regulated Independent Financial Adviser then you have consumer protection. You should always check out the firm you are dealing with and be comfortable with the investment. Good quality advice is important and although there are fully disclosed Financial Adviser fees which you agree to these could have saved you £1000s in the long run. IF you feel you need to take some advice surrounding your pension then please feel free to get in touch on 01473 497611.
Undercover investigation carried out by ITV’s Tonight programme
Show exposes high pressure sales techniques used by firm Cherish Premier Wealth in West Midlands
Staff told to break industry rules by calling prospective victims multiple times
Customers urged to switch out of secure final salary pensions into risky investments
Call centre staff are told to make 300 cold calls a day;
Staff are instructed to break industry rules by calling prospective victims multiple times;
Customers are encouraged to switch out of secure final salary pensions into risky investments.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4471682/Pension-holders-hit-Wolf-Wall-Street-scam.html#ixzz4gBkG3XVQ
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