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Financial advice, differentiated consumers, and the regulation of equity-release transactions

Fox O'Mahony, L and Overton, L (2014) 'Financial advice, differentiated consumers, and the regulation of equity-release transactions.' Journal of Law and Society, 41 (3). 446 - 469. ISSN 0263-323X

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Abstract

In an asset-based welfare context, which encourages the drawdown of housing equity to meet financial needs in later life, it is anticipated that the use of equity-release products will become increasingly prevalent. In the last decade, and reflecting the strategic significance and high risk associated with this section of the home finance market, targeted equity-release products (lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans) have come under the regulatory remit of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA's approach to equity release is geared around professional financial and legal advice. Drawing on findings from a new qualitative study, purposively sampled according to socioeconomic circumstances at the time of the transaction, this article explores the role of financial advice within the factors that shape equity-release decision making, and considers the implications of the FCA's regulatory commitment to the 'advice paradigm' in meeting (or not) the needs of a differentiated consumer population. © 2014 The Author. Journal of Law and Society © 2014 Cardiff University Law School.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 15:00
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 01:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11666

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