The Endowment Diary

The Endowment Diary

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

Thursday, July 16, 2009

99% Shortfall

99% Shortfall

This Is Money reports that a staggering 99% of endowment policies will fail to pay off the mortgages which they were designed to cover.

With over 4.3M policies still in force this means that millions of people will be affected by the failure of these useless products.

The FSA and the life assurance companies that "manage" these failed products continue to hide behind the excuse that, as they are investments, the consumer knowingly accepted the risk that they might not cover the mortgage.

This excuse is not valid, as the life assurance companies told the hapless consumer that they were designed to pay off their mortgages. Why else would anyone have bought these products if they were not going to fulfil their primary function of paying off a mortgage?

The fact 99% of them will fail to do this is proof that the product was poorly designed, and continues to be atrociously "managed" (eg why do life assurance companies continue to milk the policies of commissions, when they have demonstrably failed?).

The consumer has been ripped off by the life assurance industry, and left to rot by the FSA.

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