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Preparing for SMF interviews

I help a lot of senior managers prepare for interview by the Prudential Regulation Authority (the PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA). Indications from both regulators are that authorisation will become a more onerous process, with fewer successful applicants. I expect senior managers regime interviews for approval to carry out a senior manager […]

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The new Consumer Duty

Key points: The proposed new Consumer Duty represents a step-change in regulation and firms need to start planning now; there’s a lot to do in what’s probably a tight timescale. Although most firms will have documented outcomes-based measures, more granularity is likely to be needed and there are significant dependencies and interconnectedness between the proposed […]

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Diversity and inclusion and retail customers

For retail customers …, firms need to be sufficiently diverse and inclusive to understand and meet the needs of their diverse customer bases; otherwise their customers are at more risk of harm.  So say the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Bank of England in their July 2021 discussion paper, DP21/1 Diversity […]

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Diversity and inclusion and governance

One of the key messages in discussion paper DP21/1 Diversity and inclusion in the financial sector – working together to drive change, issued in July 2021 by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Bank of England, is the importance of governance in delivering the diversity and inclusion agenda. On one level, […]

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Diversity and inclusion in financial services

The Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Bank of England issued discussion paper DP21/1 in July 2021: Diversity and inclusion in the financial sector – working together to drive change. This is early-stage, but very serious, thinking to improve diversity and inclusion in the financial services sector and it is clear that […]

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How using permissions became a hot topic

Use it or lose it has become the advice for solo-regulated firms contemplating their scopes of permissions. There’s been a lot of focus, recently, on the Financial Conduct Authority’s new powers to trim permissions and cancel authorisation. But those make up only part of the picture around a surprisingly hot topic. The background On authorisation, […]

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