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FCA to regulate claims management companies

It was also confirmed in the background notes to  the Queen’s Speech that the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill  will be brought forward to progress plans previously announced for: FCA to take over the regulation of claims management services. Among other things it will have power to cap fees CMCs charge. FOS will have responsibility for […]

FCA consults on pension transfer advice

FCA is consulting on changes to its rules on advice relating to pension transfers, with a particular focus on transfers from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes. The changes seek to ensure consumers get advice that considers all relevant factors, and include requiring transfer advice to be provided as a personal recommendation. Alongside this is […]

John Griffith – Jones leaving the FCA

John Griffith – Jones has confirmed that he will leave both the FCA and the PSR at the end of his term of office on 31 March 2018.

FCA says “get your MiFID 2 applications in now”

FCA has reminded firms that they need to submit applications for authorisation and variations of permission related to MiFID 2 by 3 July, to enable FCA to consider them before 3 January 2018. If an application is not determined by then, firms may be unable to carry on relevant business until properly authorised.

FCA speaks on approach to investigations

Jamie Symington, Director of Investigations at FCA has spoken on its approach to investigations. He explained that historically firms have feared investigations which often resulted in an adversarial and quasi-litigious relationship with investigators from the outset . This often prevented both the firm and the investigator doing their jobs properly. In 2014 Treasury recommended that FCA […]

FCA updates on sandbox

FCA has updated information on its regulatory sandbox.  It says the sandbox’s popularity is increasing and larger numbers of firms both applied for and were accepted for testing in cohort 2.  FCA has named the 24 firms that are ready to begin testing shortly and describes the services they are testing. A wide range of […]

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest policy development update  provides information on its recent and upcoming publications. Only one key publication is shown as scheduled for June –  a policy statement on enhancing conduct of business rules for firms providing cfd products to retail clients. The policy statement on the first CP on IDD implementation is due in September, but there is […]

FCA publishes pensions lifestyle strategy review

FCA has published the findings from its review of life insurers’ pension lifestyle investment strategies. It had asked 13 insurers what their approach was to these strategies in the light of the 2015 pension reforms and how consumer behaviour had changed as a result. FCA found that firms use different names for the books they operate, […]

FCA publishes quarterly consultation

FCA’s latest quarterly consultation proposes changes to: TC to update the list of appropriate qualifications; SUP to clarify how the requirement to have a client assets report applies to loan-based crowdfunding platforms – primarily to clarify FCA’s expectation that these firms appoint an auditor to prepare and submit a client assets report; and also to […]

FCA consults on MLD4

FCA is consulting on changes to its Handbook and Guidance to ensure it is in line with MLD4 and the Fund Transfer Regulation.  The draft MLRs that will replace the 2007 version give FCA greater supervisory powers over both regulated firms subject to the MLR and “Annex 1 financial institutions”.  The changes affect only DEPP […]