Regulation

Five key takeaways from the FCA business plan

The regulator’s stance on transparency, platforms, drawdown, complex products and fair fees  1: The transparency test ahead “Relatively few advisers are transparent about their pricing before they sell advice” the regulator ruled in its view on the retail investment sector, throwing down the gauntlet to advisers to be clearer on charges. It adds: “This does […]

Why Brexit shouldn’t slow down regulatory progress

As the FCA’s sends a strong signal that it intends to clamp down on unsuitable advice, Apfa senior policy adviser Caroline Escott believes Brexit should not deter regulatory progress Brexit might only have been mentioned once in the FCA’s mission paper consultation, but it looms large over the series of papers published this week. A good bit of news […]

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PI brokers raise concerns over new insurer Elite

Professional indemnity insurance brokers have raised concerns about the financial strength of new PI insurer, Elite Hoyl Underwriting Management, which offers cover underwritten by Elite Insurance, entered the financial adviser market last month with claims it can halt the trend of escalating premiums. But PI brokers say advisers need to be aware that Elite Insurance […]

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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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Industry calls for clarity on IMF asset manager stress tests

More clarity is needed on why asset managers should be subjected to bank-like stress tests as the industry is at risk of overregulation, say industry experts. The International Monetary Fund is the latest organisation to call for asset managers to be subject to stress tests, in a similar way to banks, in a bid to […]

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Arck investors face further FSCS claim delays

Investors in failed property investment scheme Arck are facing further delays as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme continues to investigate claims against advisers. In an update published on its website yesterday, the FSCS says it has moved “a step closer” to assessing the scheme’s financial position in relation investors’ claims after former Arck partners Kathryn […]

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FCA fines Clydesdale Bank £20.6m over PPI complaint handling

The FCA has fined Clydesdale Bank £20.6m over serious failings in the way it handled payment protection insurance complaints. This is the largest ever fine imposed by the FCA for PPI-related failings. The FCA says in mid-2011 Clydesdale implemented inappropriate policies which meant that its PPI complaint handlers were not taking into account all relevant […]

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Heiress convicted of HSBC tax fraud

The heir to the Nina Ricci perfume and fashion fortune has been convicted of tax fraud by hiding millions in an offshore HSBC account. The BBC reports a Parisian court has sentenced Arlette Ricci to a year in prison, plus given an additional two-year suspended sentence. Ricci was also ordered to pay a fine of […]

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Foot Anstey: How to stay within the FCA’s social media rules

Social media is not a new phenomenon and appears to have become the preferred method of communication for a significant proportion of society. Whilst the usefulness of social media for any given business will vary, given how prolific social media now is, firms risk being left behind if they ignore it. The rules imposed on […]

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Tribunal upholds investor’s claim over £383k tax bill

Investors who have overpaid tax when drawing money from investment bonds could reclaim it through the courts following a ruling in favour of an investor who was landed with a £383,000 tax bill. The Upper Tribunal ruled in favour of Joost Lobler last week after he challenged HM Revenue & Customs over the bill. Lobler […]