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Our Strategic Risk Outlook - what you need to know

Our Strategic Risk Outlook 2017 describes what we believe are the current and main drivers of risk to fair, efficient and transparent financial markets. 

Based on our identified drivers of risk, we have determined seven strategic priorities that will guide our operations over the next three years. Our goal is to raise trust and confidence in our financial markets, which we believe will deliver better outcomes for investors, businesses and our economy as a whole.

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    Requirement for managers of multiple participant schemes to register participation agreements.

    Submissions close 17 March 2017.

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    A guide to the FMA's view of conduct

    This guide describes why good conduct matters and how high standards of conduct support fair, efficient and transparent markets.  

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    Code of Professional Conduct for AFAs

    The revised Code of Professional Conduct has now been published. See how this impacts you.

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Latest reports

Latest reports


Latest guidance

Latest guidance

  • Fund updates

    Changes to quarterly fund updates 

    13 December 2016

    The Financial Markets Conduct Amendment Regulations 2015 introduced new requirements for MIS quarterly fund updates, but we’ve noticed some fund updates are not yet including them.

    This is a courtesy reminder that these amendments are in effect and need to be factored into your quarterly fund updates. To help with this we’ve published some information about fund updates on our website, including a list of the key amendments.


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    Offering financial products in NZ and Australia under mutual recognition 

    13 December 2016

    We have recently updated this guide on which explains what issuers have to do under the trans-Tasman mutual recognition scheme for financial product offers made in both countries.

    Any NZ or Australian issuer, who wishes to make offers of financial products under the scheme, should read this guide and note the key changes.

Spotting an investment scam - John’s story

Spotting an investment scam - John’s story

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    Investment scams are becoming more sophisticated. Fraudsters are smart, friendly, charming and persuasive.

    Websites look professional and you may even be given an online account showing details of ‘trades’ you’ve made. It can be hard to tell a scam apart from a genuine investment, which is why it’s even more important you know what to look out for.

    Our updated scams information tells you when you’re more likely to be vulnerable to scams and shares the story of how John*, a 53-year old chartered accountant was recently scammed.  

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Case updates

Case updates

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    Arena Capital Limited/Blackfort update

    20 October 2016

    An investigation into the affairs of Arena Capital Limited, trading as BlackfortFX, led to the FMA obtaining asset preservation orders in relation to BlackfortFX and associated persons in May 2015. The FMA appointed a receiver and manger in relation to BlackfortFX, which was subsequently placed into liquidation in July 2015. The FMA also referred the matter to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

    Charges have now been filed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against Jimmie McNicholl in relation to the operation of BlackfortFX who appeared in Court on 20 October 2016. Another person has been charged and is yet to appear on this matter.

    Read SFO announcement.

  • PTT update

    PTT investigation update

    Four companies have been placed into liquidation at the Auckland High Court, following an investigation undertaken by the FMA into Steven Robertson, PTT Limited and related entities. Read details here.

    We want to speak to anyone who has invested with Mr Steven Robertson through PTT Ltd; Maxwell Foster Ltd; Harrington Group Ltd; Gibson McLeod Ltd; Russell & Brown Ltd; Armstrong Group Ltd; Morrison Ross Ltd or Alba International Ltd.

    Please contact us through our online complaint form if you can help.

  • Seeking Morgan Cooper Limited investors

    Seeking Morgan Cooper Limited investors

    MCL purports to offer foreign exchange currency programmes, and operates the website www.morgancooperltd.co.nz. Anyone who has been in contact with MCL or Mr McCall in relation to the offer of such programmes, or any other form of financial product or service, is encouraged to contact the FMA on 0800 434 566, or log a complaint via our website.

  • Hansa

    Mr Paul Clifford Hibbs and Hansa Limited

    Along with the Serious Fraud Office, we are investigating Mr Paul Clifford Hibbs and Hansa Limited (Hansa).

    Anyone who had been in contact with Hibbs or Hansa in relation to the offer of financial advice, investment services or other form of financial product or service  is encouraged to contact us on 0800 434 566, or log a complaint via our website.

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