In our newsletter published on 13th June 2015 here we outlined the FCA’s proposed Capital Adequacy changes for Personal Investment Firms (PIFs).
In its Policy Statement PS15/28 ‘Capital resources requirements for Personal Investment Firms (PIFs): Feedback on CP15/17 and final rules’ the FCA has confirmed the proposed changes. The Policy Statement can be accessed here.
The new rules below come into force on 30 June 2016 with additional requirements for PIFs with permission to establish, operate or wind up a personal pension scheme being made on 01 September 2016.
- Capital resource requirements to be income-based rather than expenditure-based, but with minimum requirements (this is deemed by the FCA to be a fairer method, however they are seeking feedback from firms);
- Under the new income based requirement PIFs must hold capital resources that are at least equal to a percentage of the relevant annual income earned in the previous year (this will be set at 5% for most PIFs);
- The minimum capital resource requirement will be £20k (from current £10k);
- The new requirements will not commence until 30 June 2016, with a 12 month transitional period during which the minimum requirement will be the higher of £15k as at June 2016, then £20k as at June 2017 or 5% of the PIF’s annual income.
The FCA will apply the same broad requirements to all categories of PIF. However, there will be some variations; for example, those PIFs which have permission to trade as principal, hold client money or manage portfolios, PIFs subject to MiFID and PIFs that are also an insurance intermediary. The policy statement explains the variations clearly – please make sure you understand how they affect your firm.