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Lincoln picks Deloitte to probe appointed rep

Lincoln Assurance is hiring big five accountancy firm Deloitte & Touche to

investigate the endowment sales of its former appointed representative City

Financial Partners.

Since September 2000, the life office has reviewed a representative sample

of the 31,000 endowment policies that CFP sold over the last 10 years. Of

the 5,000 reviewed, Lincoln says there is significant evidence of

questionable selling practices but would not say how many policies were

actually missold.

The PIA is overseeing the review and is in discussions with Lincoln on the

outcome. It says it will decide if any disciplinary action is necessary

when it is complete.

Lincoln broke up City Financial last October and sold the salesforce of

500 to direct-sales companies Allied Dunbar and St James&#39s Place and IFAs

Inter-Alliance and Lighthouse.

The problems with CFP first came to light last year when the Consumers&#39

Association&#39s magazine Which? ran a story in October detailing the problems.

Lincoln head of communications Ian Crowder says: “Clearly, we take any

potential misselling extremely seriously so we are making sure we can

identify any cases where there may be some doubt and will take appropriate

action. We are using an independent auditor to monitor the process and are

keeping the PIA informed at all times.”


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ABI sets out standards for Omo

The ABI is issuing a statement of good practice recommending minimumstandards for pension providers dealing with policyholders about to retire. The move aims to pre-empt the FSA&#39s planned new rules for providers whichare set to force them to clearly highlight the open market option, wellahead of policyholders making their final decision on buying an annuity. […]

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£50K fine for firm for review failings

The PIA has slapped a £50,000 fine on IFA City Assurance Consultantsof Wimbledon Hill Road, London for pension review failings. The firm, whichhas also been officially reprimanded and ordered to pay PIA costs of£4,000, is guilty of a number of failings identified in regulatoryvisits between January and August 2000.

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