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Our blog explores the latest issues in financial services risk and regulation.

10 August 2017

Tracking down unprofitable parts of your business with IFRS 17

By Nick Wilks Blog snapshot Many insurers view regulation as adding complexity and cost. Analysing data and tracking performance will help identify unprofitable business. Management can then make better informed strategic decisions to retain and generate profit. Regulation often causes a grimace on the face of many of my clients...

Joining the dots in asset management: SMR and the market study

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Asset Management Market Study and the extension of the Senior Managers Regime (SMR) to all FCA regulated firms - while both topics are separately initiated, increasingly the interlinkages make considering either in isolation challenging for firms.

09 August 2017

Brexit in Financial Services – the need for transition

By Nick Forrest In the first of a suite of three articles, we explored the challenge of Brexit for financial service firms. We now look at the timescale required for implementing Brexit and our next article investigates the pragmatism necessary to avoid major market disruption. Bank transformation programmes are complex,...

08 August 2017

What should CASS mean to the second and third lines of defence for investment firms?

By Brandy Rosel and Irfan Elias Changes in the Client Money and Assets (CASS) regulatory landscape, such as the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Assurance Standard and MiFID II, have created more business risk and therefore more challenges for Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit functions as they work to meet business...

03 August 2017

Senior Managers and Certification Regime: Be prepared

The proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to all firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), will affect around 50,000 firms. Business preparations should start now.

Consumer credit affordability: clarity at last?

By John Coley Consumer credit firms have been eagerly awaiting the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) consultation on changes to its rules and guidance on assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit, published this week. The FCA states that its main aim is to provide greater clarity for firms in how they should...

19 July 2017

Are your customers ready for PSD2?

By Jonathan Turner and Megan Charles Ensuring customer payment transactions are secure is one of the primary objectives of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The European Commission (EC) hopes to do this by requiring payment service providers (PSPs) to apply Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) as a security measure. But...

14 July 2017

What’s on the PRA’s agenda for 2017/18?

By Conor MacManus The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has set out its priorities for 2017/18 in its business plan. Brexit features heavily in the PRA’s priorities for the period as the regulator prepares to implement the UK regulatory framework following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). But it...

13 July 2017

UK Re/Insurers - Have you considered what Brexit means for your ratings?

As insurers firm up their Brexit structures, attention will turn to the broader business, operating and finance model impacts. However, what about the prospective rating of your potentially newly created EU subsidiary?

12 July 2017

How will MiFID II impact the role of those responsible for CASS?

By Brandy Rosel and Irfan Elias The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) MiFID II policy statement (PS17/14) released last week contained over 40 pages of changes to the FCA’s Client Assets sourcebook (CASS). This is the FCA’s final policy statement setting out the rules for their implementation of MiFID II. The...

06 July 2017

A diverse approach to treating customers fairly

By Katy Bennett and Tessa Norman Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business plan in April, firms are expected to focus on their approach to vulnerable customers this year. The focus on identifying and improving the treatment of vulnerable customers was the only new priority introduced by the FCA this...

29 June 2017

Technology: Bringing your biggest Operational Risk exposure in from the cold

By David Lukeman and Steffan Dutch The risks associated with the reliance on technology are significant and increasingly complex to manage. The threats the technology is exposed to are increasing in frequency and sophistication. European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines on the assessment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk under...

23 June 2017

IFRS 17 for general insurers – what’s all the fuss about?

By Graham Oswald Blog snapshot: General insurers should not underestimate the impact of IFRS 17 for insurance contracts There will be significant financial and operational impacts for general insurers General insurers need to invest time now to assess the size of their IFRS 17 project “IFRS17 is the biggest shake-up...

12 June 2017

A new era for retail banking?

By Laura Cox and Megan Charles With banks still processing the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Retail Banking Market Investigation last year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced its own strategic review of the sector in its Business Plan for 2017/2018, published on 18 April 2017. The FCA gave further...

05 June 2017

Have banks done enough to manage the cost of regulatory change and compliance?

Banks who start thinking about regulatory change more strategically and invest in end to end architecture will have a competitive advantage when reporting across a large regulatory change portfolio in a consistent and auditable way, and at a lower cost.

Technology is a risk to capital adequacy

By David Lukeman and Steffan Dutch The European Banking Authority (EBA) has now published its final guidelines on the assessment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk. The guidelines will apply from 1 January 2018 and establish ICT as a fundamental risk that will be examined under the Supervisory Review...

30 May 2017

How tackling a lack of diversity in insurance can strengthen relationships with customers, employees, shareholders and society as a whole

By Jon Terry Women as customers are a huge opportunity for insurers, but there remains a large gender gap in leadership roles in the insurance industry with women representing just 20% of Boards and 12% of executive committees. Firms need to be able to understand and relate to their customers...

25 May 2017

A different approach to vulnerable customers

The FCA's 2017/18 business plan revealed a new cross-sector priority: vulnerable customers. The regulatory plans to prioritise vulnerable customers "over others". And it expects firms to focus on this issue more closely. So what do firms need to do differently?

MiFID II: Helping you hit the target (market)

By Philip Raines Following on from our introduction to MiFID II Product Governance in the last blog post, this blog considers how you define and agree a target market when creating and distributing a financial product. What is a target market? The term ‘target market’ is used widely in general...

22 May 2017

KYC: Eight threats and opportunities every asset manager must now confront

By Robert Mellor PwC’s Asset Management Tax conference, held in London on 9 May, discussed the burgeoning responsibilities asset managers now face under the know-your-customer (KYC) rules and related regulation. Almost 25 years after the first anti money laundering (AML) regulation introduced financial services companies to the idea they must...