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CPD Feb Briefing: Islamic sukuk in UK

The latest edition of Newsbrief counts as 1 hour of structured CPD and covers the regulatory and marketplace changes which took place during January 2014. Visit the Money Marketing CPD Centre to answer 10 multiple choice questions and complete this CPD activity.

Just click into your CPD Plan and you’ll find each month’s marketplace changes round-up in your activity list.

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Learning objectives (full list of ApEx standards covered below)

Learning objectives

By reading this edition of Newsbrief and completing the MCQ test online you will be able to: 

  • Update your knowledge of marketplace changes
  • Update your knowledge of regulatory changes


Financial services regulation and ethics

Investment principles and risk

Pensions and retirement planning

ApEx standards covered in this edition of Newsbrief:

Apex Standards
Subject area Learning outcome and indicative content
Updating your knowledge of regulatory changes The FCA’s responsibilities and approach to regulation
–          FCA’s statutory objectives
Legal concepts and considerations relevant to financial advice
–            Wills and intestacy
Updating your knowledge of marketplace changes  The macro-economic environment and its impact on asset classes
–        Main long-term UK and global socio-economic trends
–        Significance of monetary and fiscal policy
–        Overview of world economies and globalisation of markets
How the retail consumer is served by the financial services industry
–        Obligations towards consumers and their perception of financial services
The political, economic and social context for pensions planning
–        Government’s role, policy and proposed reforms
–        Demographics and longevity


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