View more on these topics

FSA to stop ‘smoke and mirror’ adviser platform tactics

Rory Percival FSA

The FSA has warned advice firms that also want to operate as platforms against using “smoke and mirror” tactics to take extra charges.

Speaking at The Platforum annual conference in London last week, FSA technical specialist Rory Percival said the FSA will check vertically integrated firms have the relevant expertise in place and are fulfilling all the duties required of platforms.

Percival said: “There can be no smoke and mirrors in this area. Firms need to be operating fully as a platform, not just saying they are a platform and taking extra remuneration. It is something we are very alert to and we are careful to ensure firms know the requirements and are meeting all those requirements.”

Percival went on to make clear firms moving to such vertically integrated structures will need the relevant permissions, capital requirements and have sufficient skilled persons in place to meet the regulator’s expectations.

He said: “We see the move towards vertical integration as a market movement and there is nothing wrong with market movements. But it is the FSA’s job to analyse the possible risks coming out of those movements.”


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment


    Why register with Money Marketing ?

    Providing trusted insight for professional advisers.  Since 1985 Money Marketing has helped promote and analyse the financial adviser community in the UK and continues to be the trusted industry brand for independent insight and advice.

    News & analysis delivered directly to your inbox
    Register today to receive our range of news alerts including daily and weekly briefings

    Money Marketing Events
    Be the first to hear about our industry leading conferences, awards, roundtables and more.

    Research and insight
    Take part in and see the results of Money Marketing's flagship investigations into industry trends.

    Have your say
    Only registered users can post comments. As the voice of the adviser community, our content generates robust debate. Sign up today and make your voice heard.

    Register now

    Having problems?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3712

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -5.00pm