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FCA will be more probing regulator

The financial services industry can expect more thematic reviews when the Financial Conduct Authority comes into force next year, says Bob Ferguson, head of financial crime and intelligence at the Financial Services Authority.

Speaking at the FSA’s Financial Crime Conference today, he says thematic work is a very powerful tool and enables the regulator to discern both good and bad practice.

Ferguson says: “Expect more thematic reviews to be carried out when the FCA comes into force, as this chimes in with our desire for the FCA to be a more probing regulator.”



Foreign interest

The recession affected purchases of homes abroad, but enquiries are on the rise again as many countries are offering low interest rates and bargain prices. So brokers need to be aware of potential opportunities in this market and be ready to advise clients

Countrywide and MAB recruiting advisers for high net worth venture

Countrywide and Mortgage Advice Bureau are to recruit 25 advisers and a sales director to spearhead their new high net worth brokerage. The firms announced last week that they will launch Capital Private Finance on August 1 which will handle all referrals from Countrywide’s premium estate agency brands Hamptons International, John D Wood & Co, […]

India budget: BJP focuses on growth

By Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities

With markets kept open on Saturday, finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a promising budget focused on growth and decentralisation. While many complained about a six-day working week, there was much to be pleased about and the markets rallied in the afternoon to finish in the green.


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