Sadly the FSA have had far too much to do in near-by Gateshead lately, with another local IFA N-Hanced fined for "exposing their customers to the risk of receiving poor advice."

Again, anyone concerned about the quality of the advice they are receiving from their IFA or Financial Adviser, is more than welcome to contact us along Durham Road in Birtley.

Mark Green
Green Gem Financial Limited, Pinetree Centre, Durham Road, Birtley. Co. Durham. DH3 2TD
0191 411 1133 :-: :-:

The full article published by IFAonline is published below.

FSA names and fines fourth IFA for pension switch failings

Author: Laura Miller
IFAonline| 08 Jul 2010 | 11:45

Categories: Industry


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The FSA has fined Gateshead-based IFA N-Hanced £21,000 for exposing their customers to the risk of receiving poor advice about switching their pension.

The FSA found N-Hanced had not recorded sufficient information about customers to demonstrate its advisers had identified clients' needs and reflected them in any recommendations they made.

It is the fourth firm the FSA has taken action against a firm following its thematic review of pension switching advice in 2008. It has previously taken action taken against RSM Tenon, Charles Palmer and Robin Bradford.

The FSA says N-Hanced failed to adequately monitor the quality of its pension switching advice and record relevant management information on its pension switching business.

It says, without these systems, the firm would not have been able to monitor its sales process or identify and address problems.

In a review of 10 of the firm's pension switching files, the FSA investigation found:

  • Three files did not contain a fact find and of the five files that did contain a fact find, all five recorded insufficient personal information;
  • Three files did not contain an adequate explanation or comparison of the charges between the existing scheme and the new scheme. In one of those files, the fees in the new scheme were higher than the existing one, but there was no explanation to justify the client switching to a scheme with higher fees;
  • Six files contained insufficient information to establish how the clients' attitude to risk had been reached;
  • In three files, the suitability letters were not adequately tailored to the individual client;
  • Two files contained a suitability letter that had been reviewed by the firm's external compliance consultants and found to have "significant omissions".


Margaret Cole, director of the FSA's enforcement and financial crime division, says: "When customers seek out advice about pension switching, they deserve to have advice which is tailored to their needs. After all, that is what the customer is paying for.

"N-Hanced collected so little information about its clients that it could not demonstrate to the FSA that any advice it had given to clients was appropriate to their specific needs.

"Pension switching is a complex area, and firms engaged in this type of business should be aware that N-Hanced is the fourth enforcement action following the FSA's review of this sector."