Is anyone here FCA authorised?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Kerwin, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I'm just wondering if there are any people here who the Financial Conduct Authority authorises? What was the application process like? Do you need a team of lawyers to get through it, or can you do it with a lot of reading and a willingness to learn? I've been reading the FCA handbook, and I'm starting to get to grips with things. I wanted a bit of advice from people.
     
    Posted: Feb 21, 2021 By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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  2. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I was authorised in 2017, it took about 6 months but I basically filled out the paperwork and supplied the information they asked for and then it sat on someones desk for 5 months. The last month was a few questions and then was approved.

    I did pay a company to help me though, they charged about £700.
    You also need to pay for the application which I think was about a grand or so from memory (not refundable if they decline you).
     
    Posted: Feb 21, 2021 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
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  3. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thank you for your reply. That was most useful. I'll look into this a bit more in that case and try and find a company to help with the process. I'm not really doing anything massively original so I don't expect many problems. It is basically a stockbroker with some unique add-ons.
     
    Posted: Feb 21, 2021 By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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  4. ImranR

    ImranR UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I did all the legwork and paid a company £500 to check over. Mine took over a year due to high levels of applications at the time.

    You could get companies to do the paperwork for you but frankly their information is coming from you anyway and I was being quoted £6000-£8000 which as a new start up, I wanted to avoid.
     
    Posted: Feb 22, 2021 By: ImranR Member since: Nov 8, 2018
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  5. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thank you for your reply. £500 to £700 to check things over seems like a reasonable price plus the application fee means this plan might well be workable.
     
    Posted: Feb 22, 2021 By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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  6. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    What are you applying for?

    I have limited authorisation as a finance broker who does only occasional regulated deal (actually I haven't done one in the 4 years since FCA took over). It took about 3 months but was very straight forward, other than dealing with outsourced workers who had literally no idea what a finance broker was.

    My broker friends who do a lot of regulated deals had similar experience but have to pay far closer attention to marketing and to complaints processes.

    meanwhile, lender have to be authorised for debt-adjustemt & collections, where the process is far more closely examined - I've been told it can take over a year to get authorisation.
     
    Posted: Feb 22, 2021 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  7. Financial-Modeller

    Financial-Modeller UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    There is a massive difference in compliance between being an Appointed Representative for a regulated business, and regulating that business.

    You could be in for a shock; reading the handbook and paying £500 for a form to be filled in may not be enough for you to start a stockbroking business! I guess you would need closer to GBP500k.
     
    Posted: Feb 22, 2021 By: Financial-Modeller Member since: Jul 3, 2012
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  8. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I'm not saying you are wrong, but do you have a link saying something about that? I mean, my idea could work even if I just had a real-time data feed (or even a delayed data feed) from the LSE and NYSE (and NASDAQ and all the other major stock exchanges). So if the actual stockbroking was out of the question, I could still do the plan. It just wouldn't be quite as good.
     
    Posted: Feb 22, 2021 By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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  9. Financial-Modeller

    Financial-Modeller UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    You're clearly rather confused!

    Whilst reading the handbook, did you determine that you actually want to conduct a regulated activity? Do you understand what a stockbroker is?

    I suspect that whatever you want to do will require no authorisation, and probably no registration, which in a ciruitous way is a good thing for you.
     
    Posted: Feb 23, 2021 By: Financial-Modeller Member since: Jul 3, 2012
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  10. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Sorry. I'm not very good at explaining myself. Basically, the best part of the plan would combine real-time data and the ability to sell stocks and shares to clients (possibly also derivatives) with a few unique features. The second best option would have real-time data to show clients, and finally, the third-best option would be to use delayed data.

    For instance, one of the things I want to do is buy a share myself and then sell parts of that share to clients, so they own a percentage of one share rather than being forced into buying a complete share.
     
    Posted: Feb 23, 2021 By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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  11. ImranR

    ImranR UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Kervin - Financial Modeller makes a good point. My application was considered 'simple' as my business in claims consulting is considered 'low risk' compared to what you are doing. Consequently your application fee may fall into a higher bracket which is £5,000 from memory. If you are unlucky, it may fall into the £25,000 bracket for complex applications.

    Your consultant's fee could therefore easily be £10k plus.

    I recommend you call the FCA for guidance. They will never give you answers but are really helpful guiding you to find the answer yourself in their handbook.
     
    Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 6:48 PM By: ImranR Member since: Nov 8, 2018
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  12. Kerwin

    Kerwin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thank you for your reply. I did actually email them because I was a bit confused about something, and they pointed me to the correct sections in the handbook, which was very helpful. I now have a much better understanding of what I am getting involved in.
     
    Posted: Feb 26, 2021 at 10:53 AM By: Kerwin Member since: Dec 1, 2018
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