Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Financial Services Risk and Regulation Unravelled podcast brings you conversations about the dynamic world of risk and regulation. We help our financial services clients understand new regulatory and risk developments, upcoming changes and talking points in the industry. Led by Grant Thornton’s Director, Gavin Stewart and Associate Director, Irina Velkova alongside renowned experts as they share their insights each month.
Episode 24: Consumer Duty - an overhaul of consumer conduct regulation
What changes have been made with the Consumer Duty’s final rules since the FCA’s last consultation? And when are financial services firms expected to start implementing the regulation?
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the final rules for its new Consumer Duty. The rules set a higher bar, building on the previous conduct-based initiatives that underpin its expectations – pushing compliance to higher levels, aimed at setting clearer and stronger requirements that firms deliver good outcomes for consumers.
In this latest episode, our regular host Irina Velkova is joined by our Head of Regulation, Alex Ellerton, Partner, asking key questions about the new Duty and what this means for firms across the industry.
Episode 23: regulatory update - changing faces in government and at the FCA
The FCA have appointed a new chair, six new directors, as well as an additional 500 hires. Will these leadership changes, as well as new leadership in government, impact the way regulators operate?
In our latest regulatory update David Morrey and Gavin Stewart discuss the latest developments, including: changes in FCA leadership, the cost-of-living crisis, crypto-regulation, and their summer holiday regulatory reading list - sharing insight on how firms can prepare for the changes ahead.
Episode 22: regulatory update - a response to the inflationary crisis
The new inflation figures have come out and a 40-year record has been set, impacting the cost-of-living crisis once again. As customers are feeling more vulnerable, we're starting to see regulatory moves are being made to relieve the crisis going forward.
In our latest regulatory update, David Morrey and Gavin Stewart discuss recent developments including: the cost-of-living crisis, Regulatory Initiatives Grid, Buy Now Pay Later, and speeches covering topics of technology innovation, sandboxes and sprints – raising awareness on how firms can prepare for the changes ahead.
Episode 21 Biodiversity - the opportunity in financial services
Financial services' role in driving climate change action now includes delivering the ESG agenda. Biodiversity is another environmental risk and increasing focus for sustainable investing, and the regulators are likely to increase regulation and reporting requirements in this area, putting pressure on firms to assess the impact of their actions on nature. But, it also brings opportunities.
In this episode our regular host Irina Velkova is joined by Amanda O'Toole, Senior Portfolio Manager at AXA Investment Management and Equity, and Dr Simon Zadek, Chair of Finance for Biodiversity, to discuss the challenges and opportunities that biodiversity brings to the financial services industry.
Episode 20: regulatory update - the cost of living crisis
On 5th May 2022, the Bank of England (BoE) announced the latest base rate of 1%, increasing from 0.25%, with potential continued small rises to inflation and prices. The latest Regulatory Initiatives Grid (RIG) also references the cost of living crisis: "we will have a pivotal role in supporting consumers, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances. We stand ready…" and warns there could be changes to the RIG as a result.
In our latest regulatory update, David Morrey and Gavin Stewart discuss the latest developments including: the cost of living crisis, the Prudential Regulation Authority Business Plan (PRA) 2022/23, Regulatory Initiatives Grid, and speeches from the regulators covering topics of cryptocurrency – sharing insight on how firms can prepare for the changes ahead.
Episode 19: capital market trends – adapting to change in 2022
Navigating 2022 requires resilience, preparation, and adaptation. Capital markets have encountered the immediate impacts of geopolitical fragility, with markets reflecting the increased risk as well as the pressure on inflation, energy prices, and supply chains. The sector also faces continuing challenges from post-LIBOR era and post-Brexit regulatory requirements, and ESG net-zero targets. In this episode, Irina Velkova is joined by Harps Sidhu, Partner and Head of Capital Markets, to round up how firms can adapt to key trends in capital markets.
Insightful and engaging.
A really engaging and insightful podcast of the recent risk and regulatory developments.