FSA likely to delay platform fund information rules

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The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA’s) investment policy team is recommending the FSA board delays the implementation of client reporting requirements for platforms until the end of 2013.

In its August policy statement, the regulator stipulated that from January 1, 2013, platforms will be required to provide advised and non-advised investors with the information and notifications they receive from fund managers and depositories about any changes to their investments.

Under the rules, the information can be sent electronically but where that is not possible it must be sent by post. Clients will not be allowed to opt out.

The FSA’s policy team will now recommend at the FSA’s June board meeting that the implementation is delayed for 12 months, after receiving substantial queries from the industry.

In April, Money Marketing, Fundweb’s sister publication, revealed that Cofunds, Acsentric, Transact and 7IM had raised concerns over the proposals.

An FSA spokeswoman says: “We can confirm the policy team is making the recommendation to the board. We are looking at this issue and we will announce the results in due course.”

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