The Endowment Diary

The Endowment Diary


The Endowment Mis-selling Debacle - one of the UK's worst financial scandals

Monday, March 22, 2004

Reuters report today that Aviva, the UK's largest insurer, has increased its provisions for potential mis-selling claims on endowment mortgages from £50M to £80M.

In its annual report, published today, Aviva said it did not believe there would be any material effect on its shareholders from costs arising from the investment linked mortgages.

Approximately 6 million people in the UK face a £40BN shortfall on these underperforming policies.

Companies have paid out more than £670M to compensate policyholders.

The FSA has fined five companies, including Royal & Sun Alliance and Lloyds TSB, over £5M for misadvising clients.

Sales of endowment mortgages peaked in 1988, when they made up 83% of the market, but have since fallen to about 5%.

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