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Consultation opens on consumer financial advisers

11 October 2018

Consultation has opened on a draft code of professional conduct for people who provide financial adviser to consumers, MBIE says.

The consultation closes on 9 November 2018.

The Financial Advice Code Working Group says it encourages feedback from all parties who will be affected by the Code, including anyone who is representative of the financial advice industry as well as consumers of financial advice.

Code Working Group chair Angus Dale-Jones says the Group has been working to create a workable and robust code that will help ensure the availability and quality of financial advice.

“Our role in developing the Code is to set minimum standards of ethical behaviour, conduct and client care, and competence, knowledge and skill that will apply to anyone who gives financial advice to a retail client,” says Mr Dale-Jones.

The Code is technology-neutral and will apply to robo-advice, as well as financial advice given by people. It sets out 12 proposed standards and supporting commentary. It includes requirements to treat clients fairly and act in their interests, act with integrity, manage conflicts of interest, take steps to ensure the client understands the advice, give advice that is suitable for the client and meet standards of competence, knowledge and skill.

The Code will sit within a wider regulatory regime that will include statutory duties, disclosure requirements and licensing. These changes are being introduced through the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill.

Last updated on the 11th October 2018