Tag Archives: FCA

Turned out fine again

The UK Chancellor’s budget is rarely a cause for much celebration, while the obligatory leaks in the days beforehand suck every element of surprise out of his announcements, but one little gem might have passed you by on 22 November … Continue reading

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I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want

Regular readers will know that when it comes to consultations, I am Pavlov’s respondent: tell me you want my opinion and I’m slavering to give it.  Indeed, so regular is my participation that I have a whole email folder entitled … Continue reading

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A state of grace

Someone asked me recently about grace.  Not the spiritual kind, or indeed the physical – if there is a loose paving stone within a hundred yards, I will trip over it.  No, what they were concerned about is the period … Continue reading

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PEP promises

My short AML survey is still live (until 31 March 2017) so please do have a go if you haven’t yet: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VM62T6K A few days ago I mentioned that I have responded to a consultation on draft new money laundering regulations … Continue reading

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The slippery slope of blame

Last weekend we were at a local garden centre – they do lovely cakes – and outside the café they had set up a mock garden.  In it was a children’s slide, with a sign propped up on its steps: … Continue reading

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Susan versus the Machine

Last week, while on holiday in Suffolk, I visited Southwold Pier.  One of the attractions there is a room of novelty machines – a mechanical dog that you can walk, an armchair for taking a three-minute holiday, a “bash the … Continue reading

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Has AML been ousted?

Last week, Barclays in the UK was fined £72,069,400 by the Financial Conduct Authority for “failing to minimise the risk that it may be used to facilitate financial crime” while processing a £1.88 billion “elephant deal” (i.e. stonking great deal) … Continue reading

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Dire warnings

They say that if you can’t be a good example, then aim to be a dire warning instead.  And this is always the spirit in which I have read reports of “findings” – the more palatable term for regulatory punishments.  … Continue reading

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A regime of responsibilities

On 7 July, the Financial Conduct Authority issued its final rules on the Senior Managers Regime (I long to put an apostrophe in there, but the regulator has decreed it apostrophe-free, and I’m nothing if not obedient to regulatory decree) … Continue reading

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Wonky perceptions of risk

I’ve been mulling, as you do, and I’m a bit concerned about the Corruption Perceptions Index published annually by Transparency International.  It is a fine index, to be sure, and one I consult regularly myself, but it’s not the answer … Continue reading

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