FCA publishes new data on trends in the retirement income market

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have today published their eighth data bulletin. This edition focuses on insights from the consumer contact centre, as well as the latest trends in the retirement income market.

The consumer contact centre is the main point of contact for consumers of financial services firms who want to interact with the FCA; it handles more than 100,000 contacts a year. The data shows that consumers contact the regulator about a wide range of financial products and for a variety of reasons. The most popular type of query the consumer contact centre dealt with related to:

  • firm registrations
  • customer service issues
  • scams or potential scams

The data also shows that contact about consumer credit has decreased from almost 19,000 to 15,700.

The consumer contact centre also helps consumers by directing them to other organisations that can assist them; one in three contacts are directed to other bodies such as the Citizens Advice or the Money Advice Service. The consumer contact centre also helps vulnerable consumers by maintaining partnerships with the Samaritans, Shelter, Mind, Scope and Age UK, among others.

More than one in ten consumers who approach the FCA, do so to report a financial scam and to ask what their next steps are. Because of this, and the contact centre’s escalation of such queries, more than 150 consumer alerts about unauthorised firms were published on their website. Throughout February and March, the FCA are running ScamSmart radio and online video ads, this campaign is designed to help prevent consumers falling victim to investment fraud.

Today’s publication also includes the latest trends in the retirement income market. The data covers April 2016 to September 2016 and shows how consumers accessed their pension pots as well as in what circumstances a financial adviser was used.

Notes to editors

  1. View Data Bulletin: Issue 8.
  2. On 1 April 2013, the FCA became responsible for the conduct supervision of all regulated financial firms and the prudential supervision of those not supervised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).
  3. The FCA has an overarching strategic objective of ensuring the relevant markets function well. To support this it has three operational objectives: to secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers; to protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system; and to promote effective competition in the interests of consumers.
  4. Find out more information about the FCA.