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Longer-term mortgage loans surge in popularity with the under-30s

Insight — 15/05/24
Longer-term mortgage loans surge in popularity with the under-30s   Recent media reports show there has been a significant uptick in mortgage terms to continue beyond state pension age – particularly in new home loans for those aged 30 and under. This surge was revealed following a Freedom of

Consumer Duty: FCA review highlights risks for motor insurance customers

Insight — 10/04/24
The FCA has released the findings of its multi-firm review, which assessed motor insurance firms’ claims handling processes for valuing stolen or written off vehicles. The review outlines crucial steps the regulator now expects firms to take to ensure they’re delivering good outcomes for custome

Consumer Duty: What does the FCA expect from ongoing advice services?

Insight — 04/04/24
The regulator has written to 20 major financial advice firms to request information on their ongoing advice charges, signalling its intention to place a spotlight on the ways firms are revising their approach in line with the Consumer Duty’s fair value and consumer understanding requirements. In M

FCA Business Plan: 2024/25

Insight — 28/03/24
The FCA has released its annual Business Plan for 2024/25, which sets out its primary objectives over the coming financial year and marks the concluding part of its three-year strategy (2022-2025) to drive positive transformation within the financial services market. The Business Plan restates the F

Regulatory focus on the needs of vulnerable customers for 2024

Insight — 26/03/24
This month the FCA has published multiple communications which will ultimately impact how financial service firms treat customers in vulnerable circumstances. [two_third padding="10px 30px 0px 0px"] Here, TCC's Director of Advisory Practice, Gary Maude, outlines why it's a critical time for finance

FCA announces review into firms’ approaches to vulnerability for 2024

Insight — 20/03/24
On 15th March 2024, the FCA announced plans for a wide-ranging review into the actions firms are taking to identify and respond to the needs of vulnerable customers. The long-awaited review, which was first outlined in 2017, is expected to go further than the originally planned work on age-related i

Compliance in focus: Your experts’ guide to Consumer Duty annual assessments

Insight — 29/02/24
During its recent multi-firm review, the FCA urged boards to place the Consumer Duty at the top of their regulatory agenda – re-iterating how, along with senior leadership, they will ultimately bear responsibility for the outcomes achieved for customers. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the le

Assessing vulnerability: How can firms help mitigate risks of DIY SIPPs?

Insight — 09/02/24
A recent Financial Ombudsman Service decision has highlighted the risks of DIY SIPP arrangements – particularly for customers displaying signs of vulnerability such as gambling addiction. In this FT Adviser feature, TCC’s Head of Advisory Practice, Gary Maude, gives his expertise regarding firms

Putting customers first: Preparing for your Consumer Duty annual assessment

Insight — 12/01/24
The FCA rounded up 2023 by publishing its findings into the retail banking Consumer Duty multi-firm review.   This comprehensive publication has a read-through across all sectors of the financial service industry and reminds firms that they should expect the FCA to ask for their annual Consumer

FCA outlines assertive supervisory plans for wealth management firms

Insight — 23/11/23
Earlier this month, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to wealth management firms urging them to take immediate action to help prevent financial crime and meet their Consumer Duty requirements.   In the letter, the regulator confirms CEOs are accountable for ensuring FCA requirements and expec

Delivering better customer outcomes under the Consumer Duty

Insight — 08/11/23
Only 41% of adults have confidence in the UK financial service industry according to the latest Financial Lives Survey conducted by the FCA.   This alarming statistic comes a year on from when firms first built and scrutinised their Consumer Duty implementation plans. And now, regulated busines

Collaborating to implement best Consumer Duty practice

Insight — 07/11/23
For over three months, the Consumer Duty has been a regulatory reality and mandates that all FCA administered firms deliver a higher standard of customer care with consumer protection at its core.   And as many firms continue to explore how this is implemented according to the Consumer Duty’s

Consumer Duty: Are your Governance fundamentals well grounded?

Insight — 07/11/23
As firms prepare to demonstrate that the Consumer Duty has been effectively implemented within their organisation, TCC is finding that a material number of firms are still facing obstacles: Delegating too much to project managers and ‘middle management’ Assessments finding evidence of intuitive

Why firms need to be challenging themselves on price and value

Insight — 26/09/23
In the run-up to the Consumer Duty, the regulator called on firms to re-examine their charging structures to ensure compliance with the new legislation’s Price & Value outcome. However, our benchmarking study found that half of firms had no plans to change their fee model, reporting they were

Consumer Duty and fair value: where are you now?

Insight — 20/09/23
After years of consultation and planning, the Consumer Duty came into force on 31st July 2023, demanding higher standards of customer care and calling upon FCA-regulated financial businesses to ‘act to deliver good outcomes for retail customers’.   Central to this vision is the pledge that

Almost 400 later life mortgage promotions identified as misleading

Insight — 19/09/23
The FCA has published the findings from its review into later life mortgages after working with the largest intermediaries of these products to improve their advice processes.   As a result of this multi-firm initiative, the regulator found that almost 400 financial promotions required removal

The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on debt consolidation

Insight — 12/09/23
With falling energy prices, economists are forecasting that the UK’s inflation rate will have fallen to 5% by the end of 2023.   Whilst this should be a welcome relief to UK consumers, many will still be feeling the pinch from higher prices, particularly from the effect of food price inflatio

A peak of interest-only mortgages is set to mature in less than a decade

Insight — 17/08/23
Mortgage firms should act now to support ‘challenged’ borrowers who may struggle to repay at maturity, in planning for this risk of serious customer detriment.   The number of borrowers on interest-only mortgages is lower than 1 million, consumer research from the FCA has revealed. This is

FCA warns of risk posed by poor mortgage advice amid cost-of-living crisis

Insight — 03/08/23
Following on from its 2020 review work with firms involved with Lifetime Mortgages, the FCA mentioned again - in its Business Plan/strategy for 2022/23 - its concerns regarding the risk of poor (or unclear) advice in this sector. The FCA has been following up with firms where it has undertaken previ