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FCA updates on CPD and Covid-19

FCA has previously said that is expects firm to be able to show that individuals are competent to carry out their work during the pandemic. It notes that effective and consistent CPD is a part of this, but that it is...

Government publishes draft EU/UK FTA

The Government has published a draft Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU. Chapter 17 of the agreement relates to financial services, which it defines as “any service of a financial nature...

FCA clarifies paper issues during Covid-19

FCA has set out its expectations on how firms should deal with post and paper-based processes during the pandemic. It says it recognises firms will be finding it hard to process post and comply with paper-based...

FCA sets out planned initiatives

FCA has published a grid prepared by the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum setting out the regulatory pipeline for the next 12 months.  The forum comprises FCA, PRA, BoE, the PSR and the CMA, with Treasury...

Regulator Covid-19 update 1 May

On 1 May, FCA: announced proposals for a Court declaration on business interruption claims proposed guidance for insurers on assessing whether products still offer value and appropriate action to take where they do not...

PRA agrees time-limited SMF approval

PRA has agreed that an individual currently approved to the Chair role at four insurance entities within the Bank of Scotland/Lloyds Bank group (and an approved NED of the two banks pre-SMCR) may take on the SMF10 role...

Regulator Covid-19 update 22 April

On 22 April FCA published a new webpage on PII cover for financial advisers. It recognises that firms may be concerned about their ability to renew their PII during the Covid-19 crisis, which may impact on their...

Regulator Covid-19 update 21 April

FCA has updated its information page for firms, in respect of professional qualification exams. It notes that while professional exams are being cancelled, firms must still ensure employees have the skills, knowledge...

PRA updates on skilled persons reports

PRA has published details of the skilled persons reports it commissioned in Q3 2019/20. There were 8 in total, of which 3 related to technology and information management in banks, and 2 to controls and risk management...

Regulator Covid-19 update 17 April

In addition to FCA’s consultation on further measures to help consumers who have motor finance or high cost credit products, covering motor finance, rent-to-own, BNPL and pawnbroking and HCSTC, it has also updated...

Dear CEO Letter: SME Lending

The FCA published a Dear CEO Letter today setting out its expectations of Banks who lend to SMEs. Whilst SME lending sits mostly outside the FCA’s scope, the FCA has called out that any activity undertaken by a...

FCA updates on SMCR Covid-19 expectations

FCA has published further guidance for solo-regulated firms on its expectations in relation to the SMCR and Covid-19.  The guidance mirrors the guidance issued by PRA and FCA for dual-regulated firms but additionally...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 6 April

On 6 April, the regulators further update their Covid-19 measures: FCA updated its expectations on solo-regulated firms in respect of the SMCR; FCA published a summary of queries it has received on client assets...

Regulator Covid-19 update 3 April

On 3 April: PRA and FCA updated dual-regulated firms on how their should deal with furloughing and compliance with the SMCR; EBA published guidelines on the criteria for public and private moratoria applied before 30...

Regulator Covid-19 update 1 April

Further updates from the regulators, in addition to FCA’s Dear CEO letter to retail investment firms, include: PRA welcoming the agreement by the boards of large UK banks to suspend dividends and buybacks on...

Regulator Covid-19 update 30 March

The regulators were quite quiet on 30 March with the key update being FCA’s statement on work-related travel and the responsibilities of senior managers – in relation to which it has stressed its support for...

Regulators publish 2020/2021 MELL

PRA has published a feedback statement and final rules on the FSCS Management Expenses Levy Limit (MELL) for 2020/2021. In CP 1/20, the PRA and FCA consulted on a proposed MELL of £83.2 million for 2020/21, which...

FCA Covid-19 response to date

FCA is constantly updating its website on its response to Covid-19.  We have also written an article summarising this advice at at the morning of 26 March.  The FIN team will keep updating items as appropriate within...

FCA delays Directory publication

FCA had been due to publish the initial directory of certified and assessed persons on its Register at the end of March, but is now delaying it for at least a month. Dual-regulated firms had had to submit their data for...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 26 March

On 26 March: FCA, while confirming its intention to be flexible to allow firms to keep operating, noted that they should also be planning ahead and ensuring sound management of their financial resources. It says buffers...

Covid-19 regulator update 24 March

Late on 23 and on 24 March: PRA announced amendments to regulatory reporting for insurers in response to EIOPA’s recommendations. There will be between 2-8 weeks’ delay for most aspects of harmonised...

EIOPA takes Covid-19 action

EIOPA has set out its expectations on insurers as they try to manage the risks Covid-19 presents. Its key messages are: the importance of business continuity. It says regulators can help by being flexible on supervisory...

PIFMA concerned about Open Finance

PIFMA has responded to FCA’s call for input on open finance. While it applauds FCA’s stance on encouraging innovation, and feels the financial services sector has lagged behind other sectors in adopting...

FCA speaks on vulnerable customers

Nisha Arora has spoken on FCA’s approach to ensuring firms treat vulnerable customers fairly. She stressed the need to move away from a tick-box approach to having policies to deal with vulnerability to showing...

FCA drives forward culture changes

FCA has published a Discussion Paper on how to drive purposeful cultures. The paper comprises a number of essays looking at how a good purposeful culture should lead to better outcomes for consumers, markets and...

FCA makes Covid-19 statement

Regulators are working to ensure firms are responding effectively to the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. FCA expects all firms to have contingency plans in place to deal with major events, and says it is working...

PRA writes to chairs on board diversity

PRA has written to the chairs of dual regulated firms reinforcing the importance it places on diversity within boards for improving decision making and providing effective challenge. It reminds firms it expects them to...

FCA writes to CEOs on end of LIBOR

FCA has written a Dear CEO letter to asset management firms on preparing for the end of LIBOR. It expects firms to take all reasonable steps to ensure the end of LIBOR does not lead to markets being disrupted or...

Mental Health: Practical Guide

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and the Money Advice Trust have jointly created a practical guide to understanding and evidencing customers’ mental health problems. The guide is aimed primarily at...

FCA writes to credit brokers

The FCA wrote to credit brokers on 13 February 2020 identifying the key drivers of harm within the credit broking portfolio. These include:- failure to understand regulatory requirements; poor oversight of staff and...

New appointments to the FCA Board

HM Treasury has confirmed the appointments of Jeannette Lichner and Bernadette Conroy to the FCA Board.  The new NEDs will each serve three-year terms beginning on 1 April and 1 August 2020 respectively.

FCA writes strategy letter to platforms

FCA’s latest  portfolio strategy letter to CEOs has been sent to platforms. It starts by making the point that it expects firms will have used the SMCR to ensure clear accountability within senior management and...

ESMA takes action on suitability

ESMA is launching a common supervisory action with national authorities on the application of the MiFID 2 suitability rules. It feels it needs to gauge how intermediaries have been applying the requirement and help in...

FCA updates on skilled persons figures

FCA has published its latest figures on the numbers of skilled persons reports it has commissioned. During Q3 of 2019/2020 it commissioned 10 – of which 5 related to wholesale financial markets, 2 each to retail...

FCA writes strategy letter to platforms

FCA’s latest  portfolio strategy letter to CEOs has been sent to platforms. It starts by making the point that it expects firms will have used the SMCR to ensure clear accountability within senior management and...

Duty of Care Bill progresses in Lords

The Financial Services (Duty of Care) Bill, the Private Members’ Bill to require FCA to make rules requiring authorised firms to owe a duty of care to consumers in their regulated activities, and originally...

Up next from FCA

FCA plans a number of important publications during Q1 2020 including: consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms potential policy statement on general insurance value reporting measures and...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer

Bringing together professionals in the insurance, banking and other financial services sectors, we will be hosting the first of our quarterly RETAIL BANKING MIXERS at our Edinburgh office on 9th January from 4pm –...

Investment firm legislation in OJEU

The Directive and Regulation making changes to existing laws on prudential requirements for, and supervision of, investment firms, have been published in the Official Journal. The legislation makes several significant...

FCA publishes IDD general good table

FCA has published on its website the IDD “general good” rules that apply to incoming firms. The table refers to the existing guidance in SUP 13A Annex 1, and notes that many parts of FCA’s rules apply...

Financial Inclusion

On Tuesday night, we hosted our first ever Talking Money event in partnership with the Scotsman newspaper in our Edinburgh office.  The event focused on the topic of tackling financial exclusion in Scotland.  The...

FCA publishes GI distribution chain guidance

FCA has published its finalised guidance for general insurance product manufacturers and distributors on the distribution chain. The guidance follows the findings from FCA’s thematic review in 2017 and 2018, and...

Bills not to progress due to election

Parliament has updated its webpages in respect of the Goods Mortgages Bill, the Pension Schemes Bill and the Financial Services Duty of Care Bill.  The 2017-2019 Parliamentary Session was dissolved on 6 November ahead...

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest Policy Development Update promises a number of publications before the end of the year, including: feedback on the Investment Platforms Market Study remedies; consultation on policy proposals for next...

PRA to use s166 for regulatory returns

PRA has written a Dear CEO letter to banks on the reliability of regulatory returns.  The letter highlights the recommendations of the review into the Co-Op bank – specifically that PRA should consider introducing...

FCA makes new rules

FCA’s latest Handbook Notice summarises various instruments made at the end of September and October: the Overdrafts (Information and Tools) Instrument 2019 takes effect on various dates to 6 April 2020, and...

ESMA consults on MAR review

ESMA is consulting on its required review of MAR. Its paper looks at many issues including: whether to include spot FX within MAR; differing concepts of inside information and delayed disclosure of it; whether the...

FCA makes new rules

FCA has published its latest Handbook Notice with new rules. Most of the changes are minor, and update terminology and cross-references.  FCA is also making changes to: SYSC and SUP, including adding a new Annex to SUP...

FCA updates SMCR resources

FCA has updated its checklists for firms preparing for the SMCR.  It has added some text about the submission of Form K. It has also added a section for sole traders to its guidance on conversion from the Approved...

FCA publishes Directory entry form

FCA has published forms and guidance for firms that need to submit data for the new Directory of certain individuals working for financial services firms. The guidance explains what FCA considers to be “customer...

FCA speaks on skimmers and scammers

Charles Randell has spoken on FCA’s commitment to the Economic Crime Plan and the importance of embedding fraud prevention in the development of new savings and investment policies. He encompassed within...

PRA writes to banks on AML risks

PRA has written a Dear CEO letter bringing banks’ attention to EBA’s opinion on the ML/TF risks in prudential supervision, and confirm it will continue to consider these concerns as part of its prudential...

FCA updates on Remuneration Code expectations

FCA has written its annual letter to RemCo chairs of Level 1 firms. The letter sets out what FCA has found on accountability, ex-post risk adjustments and diversity and inclusion.  The letter: notes the responsibilities...

FCA publishes SMCR stocktake report

FCA has published the findings of its review on how the SMCR has been embedded in the banking sector. It hopes banks and solo-regulated firms will find the conclusions of use and interest, although it notes the review...

FCA publishes SMCR final rules

FCA has at last published its final rules on extending the SMCR to solo-regulated firms, including CMCs. It has, in the main, implemented the changes it consulted on in its consultation on “optimising” the...

FCA consults on vulnerable customer guidance

FCA has published a guidance consultation on what it considers the Principles require of firms in terms of fair treatment of vulnerable customers. It thinks firms have made big improvements generally, but now wants to...

FCA updates on SMCR final rules

FCA has still not made its final rules on the SMCR.  It cannot do so until Treasury has published the necessary commencement order.  FCA says it has been working with Treasury on this, and has agreed with it a later...

FCA publishes annual report

FCA’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19 lists its highlights from the past year, and appends several reports from specific business focuses.  FCA notes that alongside deciding over 4,000 applications for...

EBA reports on POG guidance implementation

EBA has reported on how industry has implemented its Product Oversight and Governance arrangements guidelines. It found a mix of good and bad practices. Some of its criticisms were that: often the manufacturer’s...

FCA updates SMCR page

FCA has reminded solo-regulated firms that if they want to opt up to the Enhanced firm category, they must submit their Form K (which all Core and Enhanced firms must submit anyway) together with their Form O, by 24...

FCA confirms market code recognition

FCA has confirmed it is recognising the FX Global Code and the UK Money Markets Code. These are the first codes to be recognised under its new scheme. While FCA will not supervise firms or individuals directly against...

CMA updates on loyalty penalty work

CMA has updated on its work on the loyalty penalty. It says key decisions are due shortly and that two enforcement cases are underway. It says it expects regulators to take strong action where they find problems and...