Economic Financial Solutions IFA Ltd trading under the name of Torch Wealth Management, JAG Protection found itself in hot water after providing its clients with advice relating to investments and pensions which was not suitable.

The FCA (in 2018) demanded that the company stopped performing any business related to regulated business like pensions or investments that were introduced through unregulated third parties, and asked that the relationships with them were terminated.

After the Financial Ombudsman Service upheld several complaints against Economic Financial Solutions, the company quickly appointed liquidators and went into liquidation in November 2019 and declared in default by the FSCS in January 2020

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs)

The company was responsible for arranging the transfer of pensions into SIPPs so that the services of a Discretionary Fund Manager (DFM) could be used for the investments.

The purpose of a DFM or stockbroker is to make decisions relating to investments for clients that are in line with their set of agreed objectives. What Economic Financial Solutions did not explain to their clients was that a fee would be charged on each and every transaction made, so the costs can rise very quickly.

Once a client’s appetite for risk was put as being high, investments were then put into an aggressive model portfolio provided by the DFM. The Financial Ombudsman Service took the view that there was more risk involved here than their clients were happy with.

Recommended Investments

One investment that was made available was SVS Securities managed portfolios. However, ITI Capital has now taken over this responsibility.

Other options were Corporate Finance Bonds, Angelfish PLC Bonds, Affinity Commercial LLP, or Affinity Bonds. Many of these corporate bonds had not been secured to assets of the company involved and so were incredibly risky.

Unsuitable Advice

Anyone that had dealings with any of these companies and transferred their pension, as a result, may have received advice that wasn’t suitable. If this happened to you then you should have your transaction reviewed.

The same is also true if were given statements that showed your pension was performing well when the truth was that the investments were illiquid, so you couldn’t access them.

Seek Expert Advice

You should make the most of our expert pension claim consulting service by calling and speaking with a member of our team for a no-obligation conversation about your options. This way you can get a good understanding of how we work and get insight into how best to proceed with your case.

Call us now for a phone or video consultation with one of our legal experts on 0800 041 8358 to find out if you are entitled to compensation, you may even be entitled to additional compensation if you have successfully claimed in the past.

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