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Consumer panel warning over potential misselling of unsuitable products

Ron Sandler&#39s proposals have been slated by the Financial Services Consumer Panel, which warns his recommendations could lead to consumers interests being disregarded.
In one of the strongest criticisms of the report the Panel attack Sandler for attempting to create a regime which expects consumers to know more about financial planning than the salesperson advising them.
The panel warns that the majority of misselling in the past has been the result of unsuitable sales, and it fears that by removing the obligation to consider suitability Sandler is running the risk of sparking future missellling.
The Consumers&#39 Association on the other hand, welcome Sandler&#39s findings, saying he has confirmed its assessment of an industry based on poor products, bad advice and failed regulation.
The consumer watchdog says the report offers a blueprint for the industry which focuses on consumer needs.
Unsurprisingly, both the FSA and Treasury also welcomed Sandler&#39s report with the two bodies saying they will meet in September to discuss more detailed feedback to his recommendations.
FSCP chairman Colin Brown says: “Under the proposed regime, the consumer will need to know more about financial planning than the salesperson. All responsibility for matching a product to a person&#39s needs is being pushed onto the consumer.”
CA director Sheila McKechnie says: “This is a powerful report that has correctly diagnosed the fundamental failings of the financial services industry. It shows that sole reliance on information and the market to deliver does not work.”


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