FCA to regulate pre-paid funeral plans

The UK government is considering bringing the pre-pay funeral sector under Financial Conduct Authority regulation. Currently, providers of pre-pay plans are not regulated if they undertake to apply the customer's payments to a whole life insurance policy, and to hold the proceeds on trust for the funeral expenses.

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FCA Data on UK Financial Crime

In a speech on 22 May 2018, the FCA revealed that 2,100 firms, including all the major banks and life insurers, had responded to the annual financial crime data return by 31 December 2017.

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Data Protection Act 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 and provides a comprehensive legal framework for data protection in the UK, supplemented by the GDPR until the UK leaves the EU.

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Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 creates a new sanctions regime for the UK after Brexit, needed to keep UK Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (“CTF”) measures up to date.

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FCA publishes its Business Plan for 2018/19

In its Business Plan for 2018/19, the FCA shows mitigating the effect of Brexit is its key priority for the coming year, supplemented by seven priorities across the financial sectors it regulates and other priorities within each of those seven sectors.

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ESMA prohibits binary options and restricts CFDs to protect retail investors

ESMA has announced a ban on the provision of binary options to retail investors in the EU and placed restrictions on the provision of contracts for differences, including rolling spot forex and financial spread bets, to retail investors in the EU. The FCA supports ESMA’s application of EU-wide temporary product intervention measures and expects to consult on whether to apply these measures on a permanent basis.

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FCA and PRA multi-firm review on Algorithmic Trading Compliance in Wholesale Markets

The FCA and PRA have been reviewing firms’ algorithmic trading activity and have issued supervisory publications. For firms solo-regulated by the FCA, please refer to the FCA publication. Firms regulated by the PRA and FCA should refer to both publications. Firms operating in wholesale markets increasingly use algorithms for a number of purposes across their trading activity. In particular, driven by the rise in electronic trading platforms and the increased availability of data, algorithms are now often used for making both execution and investment decisions. It is essential that key oversight functions, including compliance and risk management, keep pace with technological advancements.

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