7th October 2015 at 4:06pm
Since the financial crisis in 2008, there have been some consumer concerns over how well their pensions, investments and savings are protected should something happen to their financial institution.
As it can be particularly difficult where someone is living abroad and may have to consider different regulatory protections, we thought having a look at how the UK protections work in this scenario might help to settle some nerves.
The levels of protection
There are a number of points to take into account when looking at this –
Where you were resident at the time of taking your investment out
The provider you used
The type of contract
Where you are resident now
The main UK protection scheme is called the Financial Services Compensation Scheme or FSCS for short. It protects consumers within the European Union (EU) who take out a product with a company authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). The FSCS is funded by a levy paid by all PRA regulated companies.
The level of protection available depends on the type of product you hold.
The most common types are –
LEVEL OF PROTECTION
|Pension||100% coverage without limit|
|Bond||100% coverage without limit|
|Bank account||Capped at £85,000 (going down to £75,000 from January 2016)|
|Unit Trust||Capped at £50,000|
How you are covered
In a majority of cases you will have been in the UK when you took the product out, so provided it was with a PRA regulated company, you’ll be covered by the FSCS no matter where you go in the world.
However, some PRA regulated companies now offer products into other jurisdictions, so it could be the case you may not have been in the UK when you first took it out. In this event, the protection that applies will depend on where you were at that time. If within the European Economic Areas (EEA), then you are protected. If outwith the EEA, then it will come down to whatever local protection scheme is in place, if any.
For more information
We know this is a complex area, so if this is a concern for you, you can check out the FSCS website, ask your UK financial adviser or speak to your provider. And Standard Life customers can get more information here.
Join the conversation
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This information is based on our understanding of legislation and regulations in October 2015. The legislation and regulations can change.