OMI – Old Mutual International (Quilter), SEB, ZURICH, GENERALI, FRIENDS PROVIDENT, ZURICH INTERNATIONAL, RL360 AND HANSARD INTERNATIONAL.  They are all as bad as each other.  They rip their clients off, charging them huge fees and commissions, tying them into useless, pointless products for years.

These LIFE OFFICES – which cause the death of many life savings – use unregulated advisers to flog their crummy wares.  It is hard to tell which of these bandits is the worst.

For years life offices charged their huge fees, paid Continental Wealth Management huge commissions, and sat idly by as they watched hundreds’ of victims’ pensions plummet in value as CWM played roulette with the funds using toxic structured notes from Commerzbank, RBC, Nomura and Leonteq.

Generali sat back and did nothing while this victim's pension lost huge amountsOne Generali victim saw her £119k pension fund plummet to £36k in five years.

Neither Generali nor SEB has offered any compensation to the hundreds of victims in the Continental Wealth Management scam.  Undoubtedly, they treat all their victims just the same: BADLY.

Pension Life is horrified at the huge charges in these inflexible and expensive long-term savings plansPension scams are not the only arrangements that these life offices profit handsomely from.  Another method they use to rinse extortionate fees out of unsuspecting victims is the LONG TERM SAVINGS PLAN.  Clients think these are a good idea until they realise the huge hidden charges which decimate the funds they put towards these plans.

And when they finally admit to themselves that they have been conned, the victims discover how inflexible these plans are with fatal exit arrangements that can wipe every last penny saved.

It is time to recognise and admit that if life offices continue to behave in this way, they have no place in pension and retirement arrangements – since all they do is facilitate catastrophic losses.  It is also time to expose the fact that life offices’ long-term savings plans merely fleece savers and put their savings at risk.


As always, Pension Life would like to remind you that if you are planning to transfer any pension funds, make sure that you are transferring into a legitimate scheme. To find out how to avoid being scammed, please see our blog:

What is a pension scam?

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2 thoughts on “OMI – AND OTHER GRIM REAPERS”

  1. Just come across your interesting site and looking for advice…I’m a steelworker and have recently moved my pop from the pension scheme…The company I used are JM Wealth who were later stopped trading by the FCA as their ‘in house’ compliance team were found wanting….they are now trading again using a different compliance team…should I trust these as my IFA…my pot has been moved into Zurich…JM Wealth,Carmarthen/Neath South Wales…Kind Regards,Peter Thomas

  2. My wife and I handed over to CWM our entire transferred pension funds at the beginning of 2012 . The combined value of both funds was over £580,000 .
    My wife’s started at some £330,000 in 2012 , but is currently only worth approx. £73,000 as at Sept 2017 !!
    My own funds started at £250,000 in 2012 is currently worth approx. £136,000 ” ” ”
    A combined loss of over £330,000 .
    Our highest/first “Financial Planning Priority “instruction to CWM ….to Protect the funds .
    On 24/02/2012 CWM placed the entire amount of my “pot ” in a single bond ..tied in for five years . Only in spring 2015 did CWM finally ” come clean ” as to how much money had already been lost, and the nature/risk of my single investment as a multi barrier bond .They were forced to do this for our 3 year GAD review . I was never provided with a “prospectus ” for this investment and would absolutely never agreed to invest in ONE bond that could lose everything should any one of the five companies share value drop below 50 % of the starting ….which one did ..a Gold Mining Company !! One of the companies however was up over 200%… they pay out based on the worst one and get to keep the benefits from the best …nice for them.

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