The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today announced that it intends to consult in autumn 2016 to update the methodology used to calculate the levels of redress due in cases of unsuitable advice on transfers from defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes to personal pensions.
People suffer financial distress when they face financial and non-financial difficulties from repaying their outstanding debts. This paper analyses the prevalence of financial distress, how this distress is related to consumer credit use, and whether financial distress can be predicted. We aim to inform discussion about how consumer credit lenders should evaluate whether lending to an individual is likely to lead to financial distress (i.e. is “unaffordable”).
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