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Regulator Covid-19 Update 2 April

On 2 April, the main regulatory initiative was FCA’s emergency consultation on consumer protection measures in the regulated lending markets.  Also: PRA and Treasury confirmed the delay of Basel 3.1 by one year...

Lords calls for UK/EU cooperation

The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee has written to Rishi Sunak urging the government to set up a structured dialogue with the EU that will support cross-border financial services.  It wants: to minimise...

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...

Government confirms extension of TTP

In a statement to Parliament, Lord Agnew of Oulton, the Minister of State, has noted a statement from Treasury that it expects “in general” the same laws and rules to apply as the transition period ends, it...

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...

FCA issues Covid-19 guidance for consumers

The FCA has explained that is working closely with the Government, the Bank of England, the Payment Systems Regulator and firms to ensure markets continue to work well for consumers. This includes making regular contact...

EU writes to Chancellor on equivalence

Valdis Dombrovskis has written to Rishi Sunak on equivalence assessments. The letter merely notes that both sides should start to assess equivalence as soon as possible, on the basis of the Political Declaration, with a...

FOS looks at insurance coverage

FOS’s latest Ombudsman News looks at: coronavirus: so far, FOS has not seen many complaints on the impact of the virus, but expects it will see more complaints particularly in relation to travel insurance, medical...

Treasury feeds back on pre-paid funeral plans

Treasury has published the outcome of its consultation on pre-paid funeral plans. Respondents to its consultation were concerned at current consumer detriment, and called for compulsory regulation for the sector. The...

Treasury consults on UK/Gibraltar FS access

Treasury is consulting on the post-Brexit market access arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar. Constitutionally, Gibraltar is an Overseas Territory with internal self-government. Responsibility for financial...

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...

EIOPA speaks on digital finance risks

Fausto Parente, EIOPA executive director, has spoken on managing the risks of digital finance in cyber underwriting.  He spoke of the value of data to insurers in enabling them to customise customer products, but the...

ECB Speech: Climate Change in FS

Christine Lagarde made a speech on climate change and the financial sector on 27 February 2020.  Christine identified both the threat and significant opportunity caused by climate change. She urged central banks to...

More UK/EU policies revealed

The Government has published a policy paper on its approach to the future relationship with the EU. It sets out the Government’s suite of proposals, based around the desire for a comprehensive Free Trade...

Dormant Assets Scheme Consultation

This morning, HM Treasury published a consultation document setting out its proposals for expanding the dormant assets scheme. The consultation discusses the background to the current scheme and then sets out proposals...

FSB priorities published

The FSB published a letter addressed to all G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 18 February 2020. The letter sets out the areas that the FSB are focusing their efforts on.  All of the measures are to...

Financial services after Brexit updates

The EU Financial Affairs Sub-committee has opened an inquiry into financial services after Brexit and has been taking evidence. Most recently it has been questioning the BoE and FCA.  They largely discussed the key...

FCA publishes annual sector views

The FCA has just published its annual sector views report which comprises a state of the nation in terms of the financial services industry. The report sets out the drivers for change in each financial services sector...

EP publishes negotiating mandate with UK

The European Parliament has published its proposed mandate for a new partnership with the UK.  The declaration acknowledges that the “close relationship” that will subsist and which, according to the...

FCA guidance to GI distribution chain

We have written an article about FCA’s findings on potential harm caused by the general insurance distribution chain and its guidance to firms in the sector setting out its expectations of them.

Up next from FCA

The latest Policy Development Update highlights the following publications before the end of Q1 2020: policy statement on fees and levies; consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms;...

ESMA outlines sustainable finance strategy

On 6 February, ESMA published its sustainable finance strategy which sets out how ESMA plans to focus on sustainability. ESMA’s key priorities include: completing the regulatory framework on transparency...

FCA makes travel insurance PEMC rules

FCA has published its policy statement and final rules to help consumers with serious pre-existing medical conditions to understand the travel insurance market better.  The new requirements will: require firms that sell...

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...

FCA updates further on post-Brexit issues

FCA has further updated its website with information on Brexit and Temporary Directions.  It explains how: It will not need to use the Temporary Transitional Power it had previously made directions under, as the...

FCA and Lloyds update on Brexit

FCA and Lloyd’s have both issued releases confirming how firms should act in the immediate aftermath of Brexit. FCA confirmed that during the implementation period to 31 December EU law will continue to apply. So...

DExEU updates on FS equivalence post-Brexit

The Department for Exiting the EU has published an updated communication from the European Commission on equivalence in the area of financial services.  The documentation notes that temporary equivalence decisions are...

FSCS announces Plan and Budget

FSCS has published its full Plan and Budget for 2020/2021. As well as the indicative levy of £635m (£87m more than the current year, mainly because of a rise in SIPP operator claims) and management expenses budget of...

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 –...

FCA calls for input on open finance

FCA has launched a Call for Input on Open Finance. The concept builds on the principles of open banking and extends it to a wider range of products.  FCA has a vision that open finance will allow consumers and...

FCA fines CMC for misleading communications

FCA has published its first fine since taking over regulation of Claims Management Companies. It has fined Professional Personal Claims Limited £70,000 for misleading customers through its website and printed materials...

FOS consults on plans and budget

FOS has published its consultation on its strategic plans and budget for 2020/2021. Next year, it expects to receive 245,000 complaints and resolve 290,000 (just under half in each case relating to PPI).  It expects to...

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest Policy Development Update indicates several key publications scheduled for Q1 2020, including: potential policy statement on general insurance value measures reporting; consultation or discussion...

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...

PRA tells GI firms of focus areas

The PRA has published a ‘Dear CEO’ letter detailing the PRA’s priority areas of supervisory focus for general insurance firms.  These include: Reserve adequacy and associated reserving governance and...

FCA confirms TPR extension

FCA has confirmed that: firms no longer need to implement their Brexit emergency plans for 31 October; and the TPR window will be open for notifications from fund managers until 15 January 2020 to let FCA know if they...

FCA speaks on future of regulation

Nausicaa Delfas spoke on the future of UK financial regulation post-Brexit. She said FCA continued to prepare for Brexit, whatever form it takes and whenever it happens, and referenced its preparations for a no-deal...

FCA updates change in control pages

FCA has updated its guidance on how to submit an application for change in control. The page now includes useful tips on what FCA needs to know to deal with the application quickly, and links to all the required forms.

Government responds on regulatory perimeter

The Government has published its response to the Treasury Committee’s report on the regulatory perimeter and how it could be refined and should be policed. The report had criticised the lack of a formal system for...

FCA publishes insurance pricing report

The FCA published its interim report of its market study into the pricing of home and motor insurance on 4 October.  The report sets out the FCA’s initial findings and possible remedies to tackle the issues...

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest Policy Development Update heralds the following publications before the end of the year: consultation on investment platforms market study remedies; policy statement on OPBAS fees; consultation on...

FCA updates on Brexit preparations

In a recent speech, Andrew Bailey, the chief executive of the FCA, provided an update on the FCA’s state of preparation for Brexit, and in particular for a no-deal, no-transition Brexit scenario. However, while Mr...

FCA offers Brexit help

FCA has set up a dedicated phone line for firms needing to ensure they are prepared for a no-deal Brexit, and also worked to signpost all its online resources. It expects firms to have planned properly for it. It notes...

FCA updates on consultations and feedback

The latest Policy Development Update highlights a number of papers due before the end of 2019: feedback on the investment platforms market study remedies; policy proposals on regulatory fees and levies; permitted links...

FCA publishes quarterly consultation

FCA’s latest quarterly consultation covers a number of minor changes to the rules that will be made only if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October,  and also other miscellaneous amendments including: minor...

Big Data Analytics consultation by IAIS

The IAIS has published a draft issues paper on the use of Big Data Analytics in Insurance. The draft issues paper focuses on potential benefits and risks to consumers of the use of personal and other data by insurers...

CMA takes action over PPI reminder failures

CMA has ordered RBS and Santander to take remedial action after they did not send, or sent inaccurate annual PPI reminders to customers. The banks must now appoint independent bodies to audit their PPI processes and put...

FCA updates skilled persons statistics

FCA has released the figures for skilled persons reports it commissioned in Q1 2019/20. It commissioned 9 reports in total – of which 3 related to each of retail lending and wholesale financial markets, 2 to...

Up next from FCA

The latest version of FCA’s Policy Development Update highlights: expected feedback on Investment Platforms Market Study Remedies by the end of the year; potential policy statement on general insurance value...