Suitability – still the FCA’s hot topic

Hot topic: Suitability in wealth management

“Any successful wealth management service is entirely dependent on providing clients with suitable investment portfolios.

Helping firms to improve their standards on suitability is one of our priorities in supervising the sector.

… many firms still need to up their game – suitability remains one of our main concerns in the sector. “

So said the FCA in a recent regulatory roundup. The regulator has completed three separate phases of work on this aspect over the past six years, culminating in a Thematic Review in December 2015 – see our view here.

Suitability was also the theme of the investment roadshows that the FCA has been conducting around the country. See our summary here.

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Our View

Suitabiliity. It’s the FCA’s hot topic. Make it yours. The quality of every firm’s KYC and advice should continue to be a top priority.

Action Required By You

  • Read the Thematic Review if you have not done so already;
  • Consider your KYC and advice processes. Do they support suitability?

ATEB clients should speak with their account manager as necessary; otherwise contact ATEB here to find out how we can help.

 

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