FCA retires Finalised Guidance 12/15 and 14/1 on describing advice services and inducements

Of relevance to: All firms providing advice on or distributing retail investment products and financial instruments to retail clients Key date: With immediate effect Two Finalised Guidance publications (FG12/15: Retail Distribution Review: independent and restricted advice and FG14/1: Supervising retail investment advice: inducements and conflicts of interest) and a factsheet [...]

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ESMA updated Q&As on Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation, Market Abuse Regulation, Benchmarks Regulation and Central Securities Depository Regulation

Of relevance to: All firms affected by MiFID/MiFIR, MAR, BMR and/or CSDR Key date: Applicable from 23 March 2018 The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has updated its Questions and Answers (“Q&As”) on the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation [...]

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FCA and PRA multi-firm review on Algorithmic Trading Compliance in Wholesale Markets

Of relevance to: All firms carrying out algorithmic trading in wholesale markets The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) have been reviewing firms’ algorithmic trading activity and issued supervisory publications. For firms solo-regulated by the FCA, please refer to the FCA supervisory publication. Firms regulated by the [...]

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MIFID II: One month in

Of relevance to:  All Firms impacted by MiFID II The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (2014/65/EU) (“MiFID II”) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (600/2014) (“MiFIR”) repealed and recast the first Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (2004/39/EC) (“MiFID I”) and were fully implemented in the UK at the [...]

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MiFID II Position Limits

Of relevance to: Any firm with positions in commodity derivative contracts Key date: Applicable from 3 January 2018 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published nine opinions agreeing MiFID II position limits proposed by the FCA for the net position that can be held in commodity derivatives contracts [...]

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Investment Research

Of relevance to: Managers of UK UCITS Key date: Has sufficient notice been given to investors for when MiFID II comes into force on 3 January 2018? MiFID II requires EU portfolio managers to either bear investment research costs directly from the firm’s own resources, or, if they choose to [...]

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Benchmarks Regulation

Of Relevance to: Benchmark administrators, firms contributing input data to benchmarks and users of benchmarks Both MiFID II and the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investments Products Regulation (“PRIIPs”) means that next January will be a busy time for many firms as they get to grips with new regulatory regimes. One [...]

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FCA Review: Suitability

Of Relevance to: Firms providing personal recommendations to retail customers The FCA seems happy with the outcome of a review of suitability it undertook last year which captured 1,142 individual pieces of advice given by 656 firms. The review looked at pension and investment personal recommendations delivered by firms to [...]

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