Category Archives: Independent Financial Adviser

KYC and AML – Suitable for all firms with AML responsibilities

The UK is among the world’s largest and most open economies, whose strength is based on extensive and productive relationships around the world. Government Ministers have the responsibility for national security and financial services, so they want the UK to continue to be a desirable country for legitimate business and a leading global financial centre. But they also recognise that the UK’s openness and standing as a global financial centre exposes it to the risk of illicit financial flows.

Advisers Miss the new PROD Rules – Quoted Post

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Just 5% of advisers aware of PROD obligations – IRESS 70% unsure if they can fully comply Mark Loosmore: “Advisers need to take notice of PROD. It is no longer guidance – it is rules based now.” Tom Ellis @tellisthenews 30 August 2018 Full Article at https://www.professionaladviser.com/professional-adviser/news/3061700/just-5-of-advisers-aware-of-prod-obligations-iress Just one-in-20 (5%) advisers are aware of their […]

Making Compliance Work: New FCA SMCR Directory Consultation

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Following the extension of the Senior Managers Regime 2018 (SMCR), the change from the current FCA Approved Persons Regimes (APER), the number of individuals on the existing Financial Services Register (“FCA Register”) will dramatically reduce, as only specified Senior Manager roles at regulated and authorised firms will be required to be approved by the FCA and therefore appear on the Register. All regulated firms will in future, be in charge of certifying the suitability, skills, fitness and propriety of their own people to the FCA. Read More …. https://wp.me/p7OMfd-1tZ

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Where Does Your Budget Go? When Engaging Consultants, Two Of The Major Expenses Are Idle Staff and Premises Most Consultancies have staff that are “Off-Project”, often for 25-30% of the year; but their salaries still need to be paid. Additionally, those prestigious, air conditioned offices with their staff and free coffee and biscuits all need […]

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GDPR and Financial Advisers: Establishing the right processes

The key point to processing personal data with GDPR on individuals is it must be justifiable to do so. There will need to be controls in position, part of GDPR’s central tenet of ‘privacy by design’ is to justify the use of the personal data and to process it as necessary. Subject access requests must […]

Putting together a Firm’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment and the Independent Compliance Assessment

Lee Werrell, Chartered FCSI, CEO of Compliance Consultant, explores the changes to risk assessment and the basic principles of the independent compliance assessment benefits effected by the new Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017. Money laundering Reporting Officers operating within the regulated sector will want to be […]

How Good Are You? GDPR Preparation underway?

How Is Your Preparation Coming Along? The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. GDPR will introduce new accountability obligations and stronger rights and restrictions on international data flows. If You Need To Know About Consent, Erasure, and Accuracy standards – Go HERE! Against a backdrop of radical […]

IFA Fails To Advise Correctly – No advise to fix or protect lifetime allowance

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A financial advice firm has been told to compensate a client who was not advised to protect his pension benefits before the lifetime allowance was reduced.  In early 2006 Ormiston (1956) Limited advised a client, referred to as Mr M, to transfer his existing pension pots into a self-invested personal pension and make contributions from […]

Insistent Clients: Identifying Them Then Dealing With Them And Remaining Compliant

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What is an Insistent Client and how to deal with them. The FCA Handbook does not refer to insistent clients and there are no rules or guidance specifically about this. The following will hopefully help to show the FCA’s current stance after their recent consultation paper. IMPORTANT! Insistent Clients must not be confused with an […]