October 20, 2017 / FCA

Regulatory Sandbox lessons learned

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published a report outlining how the regulatory sandbox (sandbox) has met its objectives over the first year of operation. The sandbox was...
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October 18, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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October 16, 2017 / FCA

FCA launches the Asset Management Authorisation Hub

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today launched its new asset management authorisation hub. The hub has been launched to...
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October 12, 2017 / FCA

FCA bans married advisers who hid cash

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned Mrs Colette Chiesa and Mr John Chiesa from working in financial services for...
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October 12, 2017 / Gambling

Responsible Gambling Week

The Gambling Commission is pleased to see an industry led initiative aimed at raising awareness of responsible gambling. Running from today...
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October 11, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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October 6, 2017 / CMA

CMA issues strong warning as information sharing fine is upheld

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled in favour of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), upholding its fine on Balmoral...
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October 4, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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October 3, 2017 / FCA

FCA work on Defined Benefit Pension Transfers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are looking at Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Transfers to assess the advice consumers are receiving...
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October 2, 2017 / ASA

Lord Currie takes over Chairmanship of the ASA

Lord David Currie of Marylebone has become the new Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). David takes the reigns...
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September 28, 2017 / CMA

Opticians merger could lead to worse deal for some customers

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the planned purchase of Tesco Opticians by Vision Express could lead...
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September 27, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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September 26, 2017 / CMA

Better deal on comparison sites

Following an in-depth study, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is setting clear ground rules for all online comparison tools...
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September 20, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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September 19, 2017 / Ofcom

Rule changes to protect communications customers and aid enforcement

Ofcom has today outlined improvements to the rules which apply to all UK communications providers in areas including nuisance calls,...
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September 18, 2017 / FCA

MiFID II: authorisation and variation of permissions

MiFID II applies from 3 January 2018, less than four months away. It widens the scope of MiFID by capturing...
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September 15, 2017 / CMA, FCA

FCA refers investment advice industry to CMA for in-depth review

FCA makes Market Investigation Reference for investment consultancy services. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today confirmed its final decision...
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September 14, 2017 / CAP

Consultation on E-cigarette Advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) and The UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (BCAP) are consulting on changes to their Codes to remove...
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September 13, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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September 12, 2017 / FCA

Consumer warning about the risks of Initial Coin Offerings (‘ICOs’)

What are ICOs? The term ICO refers to a digital way of raising funds from the public using a virtual...
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September 9, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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September 5, 2017 / CMA

Update guidance to improve merger process

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published updated guidance designed to further improve the merger process for businesses. The CMA...
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August 30, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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August 29, 2017 / FCA

Hasta la vista, PPI! Schwarzenegger fronts FCA’s campaign

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) starts countdown to PPI complaints deadline with advertising campaign featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger will...
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August 23, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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August 16, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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August 14, 2017 / Data Protection

Government to strengthen UK data protection law

New measures will give people greater control over their personal data, while the Government’s announcement about the age of consent...
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August 9, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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August 7, 2017 / Gambling

Gambling Commission warns fantasy football organisers…

Gambling Commission warns fantasy football organisers to not get caught out by gambling rules. Organisers of fantasy football leagues are...
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August 2, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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July 31, 2017 / FCA

FCA work on motor finance

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are looking at the motor finance market to ensure that it works well and to...
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July 31, 2017 / FCA

FCA sets out agenda and priorities for consumer credit 

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published the outcome of its review into high-cost credit, which includes its assessment...
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July 26, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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July 20, 2017 / PSA

PSA publish statement on proposals to enhance the effectiveness of sanctions

The Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) have published their final statement on proposals to enhance the effectiveness of sanctions. In March,...
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July 19, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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July 18, 2017 / ASA

UK advertising watchdog signals tougher standards tackling gender stereotypes

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) new report, Depictions, Perceptions and Harm published today provides an evidence-based case for stronger regulation of ads...
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July 14, 2017 / FCA

Compliance oversight officer fined £75,000

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today fined David Watters £75,000 for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence...
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July 12, 2017 / FCA

FCA publishes interim findings of study into retirement income market

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published the interim findings of the Retirement Outcomes Review. Launched in July 2016,...
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July 12, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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July 10, 2017 / ESMA

ESMA publishes Benchmarks Regulation Q&A on transitional provisions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Q&A on practical questions regarding the implementation of the Benchmarks...
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July 10, 2017 / ASA

UK advertising watchdog to review ‘fibre’ broadband services adverts

Over the last year, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have announced major changes to the way broadband pricing should be advertised...
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July 6, 2017 / FCA

FCA Publishes Final Policy Statement on MIFID II Implementation

CP17/19: Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II Implementation – Consultation Paper VI The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are consulting on their sixth...
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July 5, 2017 / CMA

CMA to introduce market investigation changes

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is introducing a number of changes to the way it carries out market investigations. Market...
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July 5, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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July 4, 2017 / FCA

Staff incentives and performance management in consumer credit firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published proposals on how consumer credit firms should manage risks related to how they...
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June 30, 2017 / CAP

Tougher new food and drink rules come into effect in children’s media

Tough new rules banning ads for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) in children’s non-broadcast media...
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June 30, 2017 / FCA

FCA Information request to with-profits firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have issued an information request to the majority of firms with with-profits business to help us...
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June 29, 2017 / CMA

CMA accepts commitments offered to address online auction concerns

ATG Media has committed to change practices which the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) believes hinder competition from rival bidding platforms....
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June 28, 2017 / FCA

FCA publishes final report into asset management; clampdown on investment consultants and managers announced

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published the final findings of its asset management market study and announced the...
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June 28, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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June 23, 2017 / CMA

Enforcement action against gambling firms

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today announced it is launching enforcement action against a number of online gambling...
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June 22, 2017 / ICO

Maidstone firm responsible for nuisance calls fined £50,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £50,000 fine to MyHome Installations Ltd for pursuing people who had specifically...
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June 21, 2017 / FCA

UK regulator proposes changes to advice on pension transfers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published new proposals on advice relating to pension transfers where consumers have safeguarded...
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June 21, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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June 20, 2017 / Gambling

87% reduction of gambling adverts placed on illegal websites

Joint operation results in reduction of gambling adverts placed on illegal websites Through a joint operation run by the City...
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June 20, 2017 / SFO

SFO charges in Barclays Qatar capital raising case

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has today charged Barclays Plc and four individuals with conspiracy to commit fraud and the...
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June 20, 2017 / FCA

Cancer & Travel Insurance

Call for Input on access to insurance In this call for input the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) invite views on...
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June 20, 2017 / Ofcom

Online Social Seniors Rise

Record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology, with a quarter of over-75s using tablet computers, and...
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June 19, 2017 / FCA

FCA calls for MiFID II applications for permissions

MiFID II: applications for permissions needed now MiFID II applies from 3 January 2018, and will deliver some important changes...
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June 18, 2017 / FCA

Chairman confirms plan to leave the FCA and PSR in March 2018

John Griffith-Jones, Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), has confirmed that he will...
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June 16, 2017 / ASAI

ASAI reminds brands and advertisers to ensure sponsored bloggers or influencers uphold rules

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), who recently introduced new guidance on the ‘Recognisability of Marketing Communications’, is reminding advertisers that primary...
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June 16, 2017 / FCA

Admiral agrees to contact customers who may have been given inaccurate information in renewal documents

New rules introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in April 2017 require firms to clearly show the insurance premium...
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June 15, 2017 / FCA

Regulatory sandbox update

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today provides an update on its regulatory sandbox and unveils the list of firms that...
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June 14, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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June 8, 2017 / BBC

Reading University misleading ad removed

Universities in the UK are being challenged over claims to potential students that they are in the "top 1%" of...
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June 7, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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June 5, 2017 / TPR

Pensions Regulator finalises Hoover pension deal

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has approved a proposal by Hoover Limited regarding the Hoover (1987) Pension Scheme (HPS), which will achieve the...
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June 2, 2017 / CAP

Audio description and other access services

Audio description (AD) is an additional narration track provided alongside some audio-visual media services. The narration articulates what is happening...
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May 31, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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May 29, 2017 / CAP

New rules prohibiting the sexualisation of under-18s in advertising

Following public consultation, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP)  and the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (BCAP) are introducing stricter rules...
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May 25, 2017 / FCA

UK’s FCA Secures Eight Confiscation Orders

The Central Criminal Court has made confiscation orders against the two final defendants who were convicted of offences following one...
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May 24, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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May 23, 2017 / TPR

Statement on British Steel Pension Scheme

Lesley Titcomb, Chief Executive of The Pensions Regulator (TPR), said: “Good progress is being made in our discussions with Tata...
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May 22, 2017 / CMA

Just Eat/Hungryhouse merger referred for in-depth investigation

Just Eat’s acquisition of Hungryhouse has been referred for an in-depth merger investigation. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority...
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May 18, 2017 / Ofcom

Ofcom Review to examine call costs: 118 and 070 numbers

Ofcom is to review the cost of calling some telephone services, to ensure people are protected from high prices and...
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May 17, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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May 15, 2017 / NCSC

Ransomware: National cyber attack Advice

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued guidance on the recent ransomware attack. Our advice to firms is to review this and...
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May 12, 2017 / FCA

New features for searching the FCA Handbook

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have launched new features on the Handbook website that will allow you to search by...
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May 12, 2017 / FCA

FCA and SFC sign Fintech co-operation agreement

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today entered into a co-operation agreement with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong...
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May 11, 2017 / Smarsh

FINRA Releases More Social Media Guidance.

FINRA Releases More Guidance on Social Media, Text Messaging, and Other Mobile Communications. Many financial services firms still struggle to...
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May 10, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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May 8, 2017 / Gambling

Do you know who is making payments into your customer accounts?

If you allow, or do not actively prevent, payments to accounts by third parties, you must ensure that your anti-money...
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May 5, 2017 / CAP

Tougher standards for advertising broadband speed claims

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published a public consultation seeking views on different options to strengthen the standards around...
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May 5, 2017 / CAP

Placement Advertisement Guidance: Webinar

In April, Committees of Advertising Practice published new guidance on the placement of ads for age-sensitive products in non-broadcast media. To support...
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May 4, 2017 / Ofgem

Spreading the costs of networks fairly

Our energy system is changing rapidly, as more intermittent and distributed energy is connecting to the networks. Ofgem are working closely...
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May 3, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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May 2, 2017 / FCA

Disclosure rules following application of PRIIPs Regulation

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published a Policy Statement that sets out how their disclosure requirements will change to reflect the...
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April 28, 2017 / PRA

SONIA recommended as the sterling near risk-free interest rate benchmark

The Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates – a group of major dealers active in sterling interest rate swap...
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April 27, 2017 / TRP

Fighting scams – TPR bans trustees

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is warning pension savers, trustees and administrators of the danger of rogue individuals using scamming techniques,...
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April 26, 2017 / FCA

FCA publishes first set of data under new complaints rules

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published data on the number of complaints reported by firms under new rules which...
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April 26, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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April 25, 2017 / FCA

Karen Johnston and Nick Lord join the Regulatory Decisions Committee

The Board of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed an additional six members to the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee...
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April 19, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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April 19, 2017 / FCA

FCA to probe UK motor finance sector for ‘irresponsible lending’

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed plans to conduct an exploratory piece of work on the motor finance industry,...
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April 18, 2017 / FCA

FCA publishes its Mission and Business Plan

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published its Mission, which gives firms and consumers greater clarity about how the FCA...
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April 18, 2017 / Ofcom

Comparing Service Quality Report

People can find out how well major telecoms providers serve their customers, using an interactive tool launched by Ofcom. The...
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April 13, 2017 / ASA

Fibre broadband adverts to be investigated

Over the last year, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have announced major changes to the way broadband pricing should be advertised...
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April 12, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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April 10, 2017 / PSA

Call connection service fined £645,000 after misleading consumers

The Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) has issued a fine of £645,000 to a company found to have breached the rules...
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April 7, 2017 / BBC

Brexit talks: Mark Carney says financial regulation at ‘fork in the road’

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the global financial system is at a "fork in the road" going...
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April 6, 2017 / FCA

FCA ramps up pressure on banks with credit card clampdown

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed new rules to help customers who are in persistent credit card debt. This follows the...
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April 5, 2017 / ASA

ASA Weekly Rulings Published

This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Rulings...
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March 31, 2017 / FCA

FCA publishes near final rules on MiFID II

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published near final rules on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments...
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March 30, 2017 / ASA

ASA project leads to new guidance for “free” guided walking tour operators

This week is English Tourism Week and following an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) project looking into the advertising practices of walking...
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March 27, 2017 / Ofcom

Plusnet fined £880,000

BT owned company, has been fined £880,000 by Ofcom for continuing to bill more than a thousand ex-customers. The penalty...
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March 21, 2017 / Ofgem

Energy complaints fall to lowest point in three years

Energy complaints fall by a third in 2016. The total number of complaints by domestic energy consumers fell by 32...
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March 20, 2017 / FCA

Treatment of PEPs under AML Regulations 2017

GC17/2: Treatment of politically exposed persons (PEPs) under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the...
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March 17, 2017 / FCA

FCA discusses competition and innovation on FinTech Insider

Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) David Geale, Director of Policy, spoke to the FinTech Insider podcast about the FCA work to promote...
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