“Pensioner urges Hargreaves to create safeguards after he ‘gambled’ away Sipp”

Jan 23, 2024 | Investments

An extreme example of the dangers of DIY investing, admittedly. A gambling addict who’d given up, obviously before he’d gambled everything away, and had some money to invest. He transferred his combined pension pot to Hargreaves Lansdown and moved it through a series of high risk investments until £220,000 was reduced to £3,000. He then complained, on the basis that they should have stopped him. And the answer from both Hargreaves Lansdown and the Ombudsman is, no, they had no actual legal or regulatory duty to do so, any more than might those endlessly-advertising Betfreds and NickNackPaddyPowers. Had an adviser advised him to lose all of his money, or taken his orders to invest, then he would have had a comeback. But, if you decided to go it alone, then you’re on your own, it seems. Unadvised investors in future Woodfords, take note.

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“FCA to take action against Neil Woodford and WIM”

“FCA to take action against Neil Woodford and WIM”

It’s ten years now since Neil Woodford launched his own fund management company. He was seen as a miracle-working fund-management guru in our business for many years, running highly successful equity income funds with Invesco, formerly Invesco Perpetual.

“LSEG report: Most active funds are underperforming their benchmarks”

“LSEG report: Most active funds are underperforming their benchmarks”

So-called ‘tracker’ or ‘passive’ funds have become very much more sophisticated in recent years, largely facilitated by technology. The originals, you may remember the Virgin UK Index Tracker, launched nearly 30 years ago, mimicked the FTSE index and, as they don’t need anyone to manage them, were and are very much cheaper than ‘active’ funds.