Did your financial advisor ever suggest adding DFM Portfolios to your SIPP scheme? If so, you might have mis-sold SIPP pension products, and you could have lost money as a result.
Many DFM Portfolios breached Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules. In many cases, advisors recommended unsuitable investments for their clients, risking their retirement savings. Clients are not correctly made aware of the risk and lose money they can not afford to lose.
Does this sound familiar? You could recoup your losses.
If you have ever invested in a DFM Portfolio, you need to keep reading ahead.
Most investments go into a scheme, but Discretionary Fund Management operates slightly differently. Discretionary Fund Managers work on creating portfolios of suitable bonds to entice their clients. The portfolios are usually designed with a theme in mind, to spread risk or maintain an association with a specific industry or region. For instance, a DFM Portfolio might be labeled “Mining” or “Central America.”
The Discretionary Fund Manager is often given free rein to invest in their choice of bonds, rather than being limited to a single or multiple direct investments.
While some DFM Portfolios are low-risk and are a wise investment for those with retirement savings, others are much riskier and unregulated by the FCA. DFM Portfolios aren’t an issue in and of themselves, but their nature makes them wide open for abuse. Unscrupulous Discretionary Fund Managers mislabel their portfolios, which then get rolled into SIPPs.
Financial advisors suggest these products to their clients and minimize the risk. When the house of cards comes crashing down, these mis-sold SIPPs end up costing people their entire pension pots.
DFM Portfolios make it harder for the FCA to regulate investments – it’s not always clear what’s inside the package. Fund managers slip risky, unregulated bonds into these products, in a practice that the FCA calls a “third-generation scam.”
FCA rules are meant to encourage and foster trust between clients and advisors. When these rules are breached, it damages the reputation of the entire industry.
You might have been mis-sold SIPP products that included DFM Portfolios.
Our claims experts can help you make a claim and get the mis-sold SIPP compensation you are entitled to under the law. Apply online today for an information pack to learn more.
If a financial advisor advised you to invest in an unregulated investment such as DFM Portfolios, it is still possible to claim compensation. Where the advisor is still operating, a claim can be pursued against the financial advisor via the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
If an advisor is no longer operating, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) pays compensation for valid mis-selling claims against any financial advisor who has been declared in default by them.
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As of the 1st March 2022 we have implemented a new fee structure which we have explained below. If you signed your contract with us prior to the 1st March 2022, please refer to your signed claims pack for our previous fee terms.
Our fees are owed upon a successful claim and will depend on the Gross Compensation you receive. “Gross Compensation” means the amount awarded to you whether this is paid directly to you or paid into an investment or pension, and prior to any deduction of any income tax due to HMRC on your award. Please refer to the definition of “Gross Compensation” and Section 5 of our Terms of Engagement for further information including a table showing how our fees work in different scenarios.
If successful, your fee will be calculated based on which band your redress falls into and will be charged by whichever is the lowest of:
The below table outlines the redress bands, the maximum percentage rate of charge and the maximum total charge is for each band.
|Band||Redress||% Charge (with VAT)||Maximum charge (with VAT) (£)||Maximum charge (without VAT) |(£)|
|1||1 – 1499||36%||504||420|
|2||1,500 – 9,999||33.6%||3000||2500|
|3||10,000 – 24,999||30%||6000||5000|
|4||25,000 – 49,999||24%||9000||7500|
Examples of how this would work in practice:
|Band||Lower example||Higher example|
|1||You receive £100 in redress; our fee would be £36.||You receive £1499 in redress; our fee would be £504.|
|2||You receive £1,600 in redress; our fee would be £537.60.||You receive £9,999 in redress; our fee would be £3,000.|
|3||You receive £12,000 in redress; our fee would be £3,600.||You receive £24,999 in redress; our fee would be £6,000.|
|4||You receive £30,350 in redress; our fee would be £7,284.||You receive £49,999 in redress; our fee would be £9,000.|
|5||You receive £55,000 in redress; our fee would be £9,900.||You receive £100,000 in redress; our fee would be £12,000.|
Please note, the above fee examples are for illustration purposes only. They are not an estimate of the likely outcome or fee you will need to pay. Each claim depends on its own merits.
It is possible that our fee may become payable before you have access to your pension or investment which may result in you having to pay our fee from your own funds
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You can cancel this agreement at any time after the 14-day cancellation period. However, if a complaint submitted by us is successful, the Success Fee will apply in the usual way.
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