Investment advice scandals cost UK banks £880m

Stock-Market-Markets-Stockmarket-Finance-Business-700.jpgInvestment products and advice misselling cost UK banks £880m between 2013 and 2015, research from thinktank New City Agenda shows.

Almost £53bn was spent by the largest UK retail banks to pay for their misconduct across all products between 2000 and 2015, the report finds.

The report says: “Banks failed to properly assess a consumer’s attitude to risk or capacity to withstand investment losses. Commission-based advisers in the banks pushed consumers into poor quality or risky investment products.”

In particular, the thinktank says complex structured products were among the missold products by banks, which “under-played the risks or exaggerated the potential returns”, the report states.

Investment products and advice misselling was the fifth most costly scandal for banks, while PPI misselling topped the list with £37.3bn for the same period.

The report says the profitability of UK retail banks has been “imperilled by persistent misconduct” in recent years.

Lloyds paid the highest amount for misselling scandals at £14bn between 2010 and 2014 followed by Barclays at £7.3bn, according to New City Agenda. Lloyds bank recorded a £117m fine for PPI costs in June 2015.

Santander UK was fined £12.4m by the FCA in March 2014 for failings in its investment advice arm. Since then the bank set aside £45m for investment advice mis-selling claims.

The report says: “The 2014 and 2015 results brought a wave of additional provisions for Payment Protection Insurance, investment product and packaged bank account misselling and breaches of the Consumer Credit Act. Just over a year later the total costs have increased to almost £53bn.

“The scandals covered a wide range of products and practice. But key root causes of these issues include poor quality products, inappropriate staff bonus schemes and an aggressive sales-based culture.”

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Source: New City Agenda