CBI demands smarter financial regulation

CBI demands smarter financial regulation

The Confederation of British Industry has made a number of recommendations about how the financial services industry is regulated.

The CBI has recommended changes for regulators to provide certainty and stability in a post-Brexit landscape.

These include a sector-wide call for evidence on the cumulative impact of regulation and more formalised collaboration between the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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Simon Moore, CBI financial services director, said: “A strong financial services sector is the lifeblood of the wider economy, enabling the growth and security that business and society rely on.

“Through the revenue and growth opportunities it generates, the sector helps to secure the vital public services we use day in, day out, and acts as a magnet for investment into the UK that helps to underpin our local communities.

“But in order for the sector to support business and to benefit everyone effectively, regulation must be fit for purpose.

“A cultural change is needed to ensure a more practical approach to regulatory shift, through collaboration and engagement, creating a level playing field between smaller firms – who are disproportionately hit by the regulatory burden – and larger companies competing in the sector.

“Smarter regulation – not less regulation – will provide certainty to financial services firms, allowing them to adapt in a shifting political and economic climate as well as anchoring our competitiveness as a global financial centre.”

The CBI also recommended that regulators should create new sector engagement initiatives – such as firm open days and sector secondments – to give greater opportunities for them to engage with firms.

It also recommended a thorough re-assessment of the FCA’s criteria to determine fixed and flexible portfolio classification.

The CBI said flexible portfolio firms should have new and regular opportunities to engage directly with the FCA and to offer feedback.

Jason Witcombe, director of London-based Evolve Financial Planning, said that complex regulation could lead to some consumers being priced out of the market.

He said: "I would agree that there always needs to be smarter regulation. There needs to be increased recognition that there are different advice models which need to be regulated in a different way."