PIMFA, the trade association for the wealth management and financial advice industry, is calling on the UK Government and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to urgently reform the supervision of financial advice and consumer compensation through the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
Legal & Regulation
By Matthew Chapman (pictured), Director, ACA Compliance Group – Geopolitical change and uncertainty, regulatory sabre-rattling and industry shake-ups have combined to create a perfect storm for many financial services firms when it comes to their trade and transaction reporting obligations under MiFIR, EMIR and SFTR.
By Jeffrey Kirk and Simon Gray – Ever innovative and commercially minded, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced a new regulatory regime for private equity, venture capital and other closed-ended funds – adding to its already well established, cost effective and popular stable of incubator funds and approved funds.
More than three quarters of UK adults who have a pension think pension companies should have powers to help prevent fraud
Nearly eight out of ten (78 per cent) retirement savers agree that pension providers should be able to stop a pension transfer if fraud is suspected, a new survey has revealed.
PIMFA, the trade association for the wealth management and financial advice industry, has called on the Government to tighten the rules around the promotion of unregulated financial products.
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) recent decision to ban the sale of derivatives and exchange traded notes (ETNs) linked to cryptoassets to retail customers is a huge setback for the UK in maintaining its dominant position as a global fintech hub. The FCA’s decision has left many in the cryptoasset sector questioning the regulator’s willingness to collaborate with them and listen to the views of key market participants.
Oliver Wooley, CEO of Envestors, an early-stage digital investment platform, explains why accelerators, incubators, and networks matching investors and startups need to be regulated…
The outlook for the penetration of the Variable Capital Company legislation as a fund structure is upbeat as it soldiers on against the unfortunate timing of its launch, amid a global pandemic. More importantly, in practice the legislation works well and the fund launches have been successful.
The ASEAN region has demonstrated itself as a major area for investment and potential growth. However, much of this growth is still on the horizon and yet to be materialised. For the prospects of the ASEAN region to reach their true potential, the current environment requires cost efficiency, scalability and talent. These are critical factors to creating a supportive ecosystem.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has been proactive and transparent with licensing requirements, compared to other jurisdictions. The Digital Acceleration Grant (DAG) programme incentivises firms to modernise operations, equipping smaller managers with the necessary technology and helping new funds get off the ground. This programme, coupled with geopolitical influences, contributes to Singapore accelerating as a safe-haven for money and financial institutions.