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Axa calls for year’s delay to Sipp extension

Axa is calling on the Treasury to delay A-Day plans to widen the range of investments available to Sipps until the products become regulated in 2007.

The provider is concerned that estate agents are promoting residential property in Sipps without mentioning the potential risks and downsides.

Although Sipp investors can hold residential property in their Sipps from next April, under Treasury proposals the pension wrapper will not be regulated until 2007- raising fears of a 12-month window for cowboys to play in the market.

Axa has written to the Treasury outlining its fears and believes investors will be better protected if the wider investment freedoms and product regulation are introduced simultaneously.

Head of pensions Steve Folkard says: “The regulator should delay new investment types for a year until the market is regulated. Some of the adverts we have seen from estate agents about property are a real cause for concern. All of the potential gains are shown but none of the risks.”

Informed Choice director Martin Bamford says: “There is a big potential danger, particularly from some of the property investment clubs, which will probably draw a lot of people in. Niche investments, such as stamps and wine, are less of a risk because they will not attract the same level of interest.”


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