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RBS to pay US$5.5bn fine over US mortgage-backed securities

By: Gary Robinson | 13 Jul 2017

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has reached a US$5.5bn settlement with the US’s Federal Housing Finance Agency regarding its long-running US residential mortgage-backed securities claims The Royal Bank…

Monaco tweaks ‘Private Law’ regs to simplify, modernise

By: Helen Burggraf | 13 Jul 2017

The principality of Monaco has made what are said to be potentially significant changes to its so-called International Private Law, a key piece of legislation that covers…

FCA interim review findings: Need to study whether ‘additional protections’ needed for pension drawdown consumers

By: Helen Burggraf | 12 Jul 2017

The UK’s Financial Services Authority said today that it has identified a number of measures that may need to be taken to address “some of the emerging…

Jersey Finance’s Cook: A beneficial ownership update

By: Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance | 10 Jul 2017

Just how much information governments – and more controversially, the public – should be entitled to have about the ultimate owners of companies, properties, trusts, bank accounts…

Some UK offshore entities’ beneficial ownership registries start date pushed back

By: Helen Burggraf | 10 Jul 2017

Plans to ensure that all of the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies had beneficial ownership registries in place by 1 July 2017 have hit a snag,…

Jersey adds beneficial ownership compliance regtech tool

By: Eugene Costello | 06 Jul 2017

Jersey’s fight against money-laundering and tax evasion has taken what it calls “a significant” leap forward with the launch of a new regulatory technology (regtech) beneficial ownership compliance…

FCA clarifies adviser phone conversation taping rules

By: Gary Robinson | 04 Jul 2017

The UK’s financial services watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority has clarified when an investment adviser must record conversations with their clients. In a paper published on Monday, entitled Markets…

Canadian asset managers resisting plans to ban commission fees: report

By: Helen Burggraf | 26 Jun 2017

Plans to reform Canada’s C$1.5tn (US$1.1trn) investment industry, in order to eliminate potential conflicts of interest on the part of those selling investment products, are running into…

European Commission unveils tax avoidance crackdown proposal

By: Helen Burggraf | 22 Jun 2017

Tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers that facilitate offshore tax avoidance schemes are the targets of a package of new rules proposed on Wednesday by the European…

UK’s FCA launches travel insurance consultation

By: Helen Burggraf | 20 Jun 2017

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority today unveiled a public consultation aimed at finding out whether changes are needed to make it easier for people with cancer to…

Harsher times come to Expatland

By: Helen Burggraf | 20 Jun 2017

The late 1980s and 1990s saw a new phase of corporate globalisation and consequently, the beginning of a golden era for Westerners – especially those from the…

FCA on lookout for new leader as chair signals exit

By: Gary Robinson | 19 Jun 2017

John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the UK financial services watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that he will leave the organisation next March. Griffith-Jones, who is…

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