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Pru fined £750k for endowment misselling

Prudential has been fined £750,000 by the FSA for endowment misselling.

The fine comes after subsidiary Scottish Amicable was found to have missold mortgage endowments between January and December 2000.

The FSA says ScotAm advisers did not ensure that consumers had the right risk profile for investing in a product where the loan might not be paid off in full at the end of the term.

Prudential was instructed by the regulator to conduct a sample review of its endowment book following a visit in January 2001. It looked at 33,781 policies and has subsequently set aside £11m for compensation payments.

The fine has been welcomed by the Consumers&#39 Association, which has been calling for a full-scale review of so-called endowment misselling. However, the CA says the FSA must ensure that Pru does not use policyholders&#39 money to pay the fine.

The FSA says the size of the fine reflects the fact that ScotAm failed to respond to guidance issued by the regulator in December 1999 about standards to be met when selling mortgage endowments.

CA director general Sheila McKechnie says: “With Prudential&#39s history of paying compensation costs from policyholder funds, it is vital that the FSA puts its foot down to ensure consumers are not hit twice for company malpractice.”

A Pru spokesman says: “We can confirm that shareholders and not policyholders will pay the fine.”

FSA director of enforcement Andrew Procter says: “This is a continuation of our work to make sure that mortgage endowment customers that have been missold get the compensation that is due to them. The size and nature of Scottish Amicable meant that the firm&#39s failings exposed a large number of consumers to potential loss.”


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