1. Compliance
  2. Registered financial advisers
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Registered financial advisers

RFAs are individual advisers who are required to be registered under the Financial Advisers Act 2008.

Your obligations

RFAs can provide financial advice in relation to a category 2 product. RFAs are permitted to provide a class service to a retail client, or a financial adviser service to a wholesale client.

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Financial advice

Putting investor interests first is at the heart of raising the standards of how financial advice is conducted.

Registration

See here for all licensing and registration information.

Monitoring

RFAs must, when providing financial adviser services:

RFAs need to annually renew their registration on the Financial Service Providers Register and notify the Registrar of changes.  They must be a member of a dispute resolution scheme, if providing services to retail clients.

Any person can complain to the FMA about the activities of an RFA and we can investigate that complaint and take appropriate action. RFAs are not subject to disciplinary committee proceedings under the Act but we have a range of enforcement actions it can take in relation to RFAs under the Act. The Registrar may also deregister RFAs, or we may give a direction to deregister a RFA, in certain circumstances. See Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008, sections 18A to 18C.

 

Latest News

Fraud and its far reaching effects hit the big screen

20 September 2016

The inaugural New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival (Fraud Film Festival) is coming to Auckland’s Q Theatre in November. The festival is timed to coincide with November’s Fraud Awareness Week and will open on Friday, 18 November.

FMA releases conduct guide for feedback

28 July 2016

FMA has released a guide to how it will examine whether financial services providers are demonstrating good conduct under the Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMC Act).

 

Latest Consultations

Consultation paper: KiwiSaver advice

8 November 2016

We are seeking feedback on our KiwiSaver advice guidance note.

This guidance note is for providers advising on KiwiSaver products and will replace our 2012 Guidance Note: Sale and Distribution of KiwiSaver. We are replacing this guidance to recognise feedback that our 2012 approach resulted in some people not getting the help they needed, as firms saw it as risky to provide advice. This revised guidance is intended to change that situation, by encouraging advisers and financial firms to help people make good decisions about KiwiSaver.