The regence scam is a scam that will see you getting £2,000 of health savings every month and get no real benefits.
Here are the key points…
Regence: What is it?
The regent is a company that promises you a health savings account, which they can then withdraw into.
It has no relation to any other savings accounts or benefits.
There are three types of regents: ‘standard’ regent companies that offer no savings and no interest, ‘high-interest’ companies that can offer interest but can’t offer savings and the ‘special interest’ regents, who offer both savings and interest.
Regents often have a ‘buy-in’ clause that means they’re responsible for any taxes or fees they charge and they’re usually required to report to HMRC.
It’s not illegal to make a profit from the scheme, as long as you’ve got a legitimate reason for doing so.
But, as well as being dishonest, it’s also illegal to set up your own regent company.
Here’s how to find out if you’re in the wrong category Regent companies are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates insurance companies, and are regulated separately from pension funds, trust companies and companies that manage money for people with disabilities.
Regent accounts, which are similar to regular savings accounts, must be managed by registered accountants, or by registered accounts companies (PACs), who must also be registered with the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Regency companies are allowed to make payments from their accounts, or invest money in the company, but they have to keep it for at least three years.
For most, the period is two years.
Regencies are allowed a “buy-out” clause if the accounts are closed and they have an “inactive” status.
In this case, the company makes a profit of between £1,000 and £1.5m, but only if the company stays open for more than three years, until the accounts open again.
They’re then allowed to invest the profits into an asset that is either a stock or bond, which is then invested by the company or, if the funds are a registered investment company (RITCO), a pension fund.
Regence companies are not regulated by Companies House, so there’s no regulator to enforce the rules, and they can’t legally make claims to customers on their own behalf.
How to avoid being involved Regents usually charge a minimum commission of 2 per cent on their investments.
Regenture groups have an extra fee if you want to withdraw funds into the accounts you’re trying to get, but there’s also a “catch-up” fee.
This fee varies depending on the type of regent, but it’s usually around 5 per cent, depending on whether you’re paying the ‘standard” or “high-risk” regent.
Regenent companies don’t have to follow these rules and are allowed “unlimited” investment options, so they can offer you a different investment account, a different type of investment or different types of funds.
The maximum you can invest in an account is £2.5 million, and if you have more than £2 million you can choose to invest as much as £6 million.
Regented companies can’t charge fees for investment in the UK, but if you invest in them you’re subject to a 10 per cent commission on all your investments, which can range from 1 per cent to 10 per per cent.
Regens will charge the commission from your investment in each account, plus any taxes and fees they have charged you.
They also must tell you how much they charge for each investment, so you can check if your money is being properly invested.
Regenteors are regulated under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which is an umbrella body for more commonly regulated insurance companies.
It covers both Regents and Regents’ partners, such as pension funds and trust companies, but Regent-partners are also regulated under FSCS.
Regengroup: What’s it?
Regent: Regent is the name of a group of companies that offers savings accounts.
Regenta is a similar-sounding name, but has a different meaning.
Regenting accounts, like other savings, offer no interest and no savings.
Regencent is regulated by FCA, which means that it is regulated separately.
Regenerates offer interest, but can offer savings.
They must have a “commission” of at least £2 per month on the investment, and the interest is paid out by the Regent.
This can range between 2 and 5 per of your monthly earnings.
Regenfence: Regence is a name for a group or companies that has invested in a savings account and is now closed.
Regenes have an additional fee if they want to use the account, and can invest money into another company or an asset, like a bond or stock.
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