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  1. I voted “no” but this really is the wrong question – the issue is around what investments SIPP providers accept, and where they accept them from.

    Question: How far does the fiduciary duty of a SIPP trustee (and NB that’s not necessarily the SIPP provider) extend? Should it be the trustee’s responsibility to stop scheme members from throwing their money away in manifestly unsuitable investments?

    Question: How does a SIPP provider meet their regulatory and statutory obligations to reduce the risks of financial crime when they accept business from sources that are not appropriately regulated? Should they be liable when it would have been apparent to any reasonable person in their position that scheme members were being influenced by a third party other than through the provision of proper financial advice? Compare and contrast with the vulnerable customers protocols that banks use for people accessing their accounts under potential duress.

  2. I have voted yes however this is only applicable to where providers have enabled investments in scams, been willfully blind to the actions of unregulated introducers, breached the FSMA 2000 regulation, failed to adhere to the regulation of the time, knowingly accepted Sipps where they were known to be totally unsuitable and in the case of one recklessly approving an investment without the investment memorandum.

  3. Robert Milligan 9th May 2018 at 2:07 pm

    That would be the same as holding BMW accountable for my driving, However, the SIPP/Pension providers must be held accountable for the Paper Trail, especially when the Funds to be held by the SIPP/Pension are to be invested in Non Regulated Investments, ie Abbey Life have allowed several clients to transfer out to the Norton Motorcycle Pension Scheme, funds from PP to a DB scheme post NRA! When questioned the CEO replied, well it had a “P” Number! so we sent a cheque, Plausible Denial of Accountability!! But really. Far to many Regulated firms are endeavouring to hide behind the Non Regulated Interference of their own Regulated Advice, blaming others, when they know full well exactly what is going on. In thirty-two years of giving Investment and Pensions Advice, I can categorically say, Not a Single client has asked me to make an investment in a fund upon which I have transacted within a recommended product, and the only one who asked a DFM to obtain a oil Share within his bespoke portfolio has seen that share collapse and held it until the portfolio was fully en-cashed, to buy another property!!

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