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Mastering Employees Certifications and Attestations

Financial services firms are among the most heavily regulated organizations worldwide.

From the FCA to FINRA to state-level legislators, financial services firms are subject to a web of compliance requirements and contractual obligations. Of course, it’s not enough to simply be compliant with these requirements—each firm has to prove it.

That’s where certifications and attestations come into play.

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Overview of FCA Principles for Business

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the conduct regulator for nearly 60,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK, and it's part of the FCA's work to implement, supervise and enforce international standards and regulations in the UK. The UK regulator has criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement powers.

In this article, we explain the FCA's 11 Principles for Business (PRIN), their purpose, how they are used to regulate the market in the UK, and the consequences of breaching the Principles.

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Time To Get Serious About SMCR in the Context of Climate Change

In April 2019, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) sent a letter to CEOs highlighting its expectations for Boards of PRA regulated firms to understand and manage climate-related risks. The statement expects firms to allocate responsibility and appoint a Senior Management Function ("SMF") responsible for identifying and managing climate-related risks.

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MCO Launches Software for SMCR and Similar Regulations

Role assurance regimes and regulatory guidelines on individual accountability such as the SMCR are part of a global trend to support a change in culture at all levels of financial services. MCO recently launched its award-winning Role Monitoring and Assurance (RMA) module to help firms comply with SMCR and similar regulations. 

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Compliance Podcasts You Should Listen To

Podcasts aren’t new but they are on the rise, and for a reason, they are an engaging, informative and easy form of content to digest. You just need a mobile device to access them and here you go, great content in your hand.  

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