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Market studies are becoming the regulatory tool of choice, says TCC

Market studies are becoming the regulatory tool of choice, says TCC

Phil Deeks, technical director at TCC, comments: “Competition and clarity appear to be the key areas of focus in the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study. The asset management industry is currently under a great deal of regulatory pressure, with a significant number of forthcoming legislation, including MiFID II, PRIIPs, EMIR and the SM&CR. Compliance with […]

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FCA pension transfer proposal will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes

FCA pension transfer proposal will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes

James Marshall, senior regulatory consultant at TCC comments on the FCA’s proposed changes to advice on pension transfers: “The FCA’s proposed requirement, outlined in CP17/16, to provide a personal recommendation in all cases when advising on the transfer and conversion of safeguarded benefits will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes.  The dislocation by some firms of transfer advice from […]

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Align risks to the FCA’s Business Plan for a compliant year ahead

Align risks to the FCA’s Business Plan for a compliant year ahead

Phil Deeks, Technical Director, TCC, comments on the FCA’s 2017/18 Business Plan “The FCA’s Business Plan is a welcome step back to the detailed approach of the 2014 risk outlook and places more emphasis on those specific risks on the FCA’s radar. It’s encouraging to see the regulator’s more transparent and accountable approach in action, […]

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FCA workplace pensions proposals fail to tick all the transparency boxes

FCA workplace pensions proposals fail to tick all the transparency boxes

Andy Sutherland, managing director of Advisory Services at TCC, commented on the FCA’s proposals on transaction disclosure in workplace pensions, ahead of the deadline to provide responses to the consultation. “The proposed measures will ensure workplace pension providers have a clear methodology to determine value for money. However, they fall short of providing complete transparency […]

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Robust culture essential to delivering fair outcomes for customers

Colin Wilcox, Technical Director at TCC, comments on the FCA’s guidance on fair treatment of closed-book customers:  “The FCA has been clear about its expectations on firms to deliver positive outcomes for all customers, and that a blanket approach is not sufficient. However, the published responses to its consultation highlight that more work may still […]

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Q&A guidance for consumers

Following the FCA’s warning over SIPP advice failings, Ian Stott, Client Services Director at TCC outlines the key considerations for consumers, looking at what they should be concerned about and the questions they should ask their adviser if they are recommended to switch to a SIPP. What is a SIPP A Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) […]

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TCC named in Sunday Times Fast Track 100 following significant growth

The UK’s leading independent regulatory consultancy, The Consulting Consortium (TCC), has been named in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 listing of Britain’s fastest growing companies.  TCC is ranked in 45th place, with a growth of 74% over the last three years and sales at £10.2 million in 2012. Now in its seventeenth year, the annual […]

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