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10 Mar 2021 – FMA released a consultation on potentially using its exemption power to exempt restricted schemes from certain disclosure and reporting obligations under the Financial Markets Conduct Regulations 2014. Submissions close on 21 April 2021. The FMA consultation website also noted closure with decisions of earlier consultations on the “New Financial Advice Regime Exemptions” and the “Proposed class exemption for restricted schemes from certain disclosure and reporting obligations.” https://www.fma.govt.nz/compliance/consultation/

10 Mar 2021 – Commerce Commission issued a reminder that from 1 October 2021, lenders providing consumer credit and mobile traders selling on credit must be certified by the Commerce Commission or face penalties, unless they are licensed or registered by the Financial Markets Authority or Reserve Bank of New Zealand. https://comcom.govt.nz/news-and-media/media-releases/2021/lenders-and-mobile-traders-must-be-certified-to-operate-from-1-october

5 Mar 2021 – Commerce Commission is seeking feedback on draft guidance for directors and senior managers of consumer credit providers and mobile traders on how to comply with the due diligence duty coming into force from 1 Oct 2021. Submissions close on Friday 19 March 2021. https://comcom.govt.nz/news-and-media/media-releases/2021/commission-seeks-feedback-on-due-diligence-guidance

8 Mar 2021 – Commission for Financial Capability announced the launch of a new workplace course to help women become more confident with money to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. https://cffc.govt.nz/news-and-media/news/money-skills-for-women-offered-in-new-workplace-course/

7 Mar 2021 – Investment News NZ reported that the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) advised that, as at last Friday, it had approved some 1,636 transitional licenses and 943 authorised bodies, up from 1,467 and 774 on February 9. https://investmentnews.co.nz/investment-news/licensing-splurge-adds-400-in-last-dash-for-fslaa/

8 Mar 2021 – Good Returns, reported on the penalty outcome of the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee for the adviser who failed to keep proper records, while also noting the FADC statement that, “There is no suggestion that the Respondent has improperly benefited at the expense of her clients, or that any client has been disadvantaged”. Good Returns then reported that the adviser has stated that she has now retired and that the advice practice will be wound up by 31 March 2021. https://www.goodreturns.co.nz/article/976518248/adviser-learns-her-fate-from-fadc.html

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