Tag Archives: Port Talbot

Port Talbot’s chicken dinner man gets fined £2m.

Darren Reynolds has been banned for acting as a Director and fined over £2m for losing just under £24m of his client’s money in high risk unregulated investments. The FCA’s actions relate to activities prior to Reynolds becoming notorious for … Continue reading

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Jo Cumbo remembers Port Talbot

If you could go to one of the two Facebook support groups for mis-sold BSPS pension Scheme this bank holiday weekend, you’d find this post Al Rush has put the last four minutes of this week’s VFM podcast, the minutes … Continue reading

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Newscape – the steelworker’s fractional scammer – bites the dust

When I cast my mind back to the dark days of 2017 when Darren Reynolds was sourcing leads for his advice from Celtic – one fund appeared on the SIPP statements of steelworkers we met which I had never heard … Continue reading

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Which stranded assets should we pick?

Like any liberal do-gooder, my first reaction to hearing the Government had cleared the digging of a £165m mine in Whitehaven with “dismay” – or an expletive not fit to be published. My second reaction was “what do I know” … Continue reading

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Why steelworker’s compo is set to fall by £15,000

The FCA has published its proposed redress scheme for steelworkers but it looks like the compensation will cost £49m rather than the estimated £71m earlier this year. The new compensation levels are now estimated to average  £45,000 (down from £60,000)  … Continue reading

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The pension transfer mess: who pays and what’s paid?

There’s an irony to PAC’s assertions. It was extremely critical of the FCA in almost every aspect but never even questioned a key one: the FCA’s own assessment that transfers were very widely unsuitable at BSPS. This is now being … Continue reading

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The dark side of pension freedom; the NAO report on the FCA and BSPS

The National Audit Office has produced what will no doubt become the definitive report on the British Steel Pension Scheme and what happened to it. It focuses on how the FCA was organised to prevent, identify, and respond to unsuitable … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the managers of the steelworker’s SIPPs?

  This morning I had the chance to praise Hargreaves Lansdown for innovative work helping self-invested pension policyholders understand the risk they take in their portfolios. SIPPs can  and do offer those who want to self-invest , the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Four years on – steelworkers remain angry and confused

  The FT is reporting increasing frustration among steelworkers in Port Talbot as they get called into public meetings with the FCA to find out about mis-selling compensation. “The cowboy advisers are laughing in their villas while we are having … Continue reading

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The FCA can’t blame the DB transfer debacle on pension freedoms.

  Nikhil Rathi, the FCA’s CEO elect is only partly right in linking the upswing in transfers away for DB schemes to the precipitous introduction of pension freedoms. It is very important that the FCA properly understand the cocktail of … Continue reading

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