As an AFA, it is essential you are aware of your obligations under the Financial Advisers Act, the code of professional conduct, and other relevant financial market legislation. We recommend you visit this website often to stay up-to-date with the latest news, and ensure you are signed up to receive our FMA updates.
All AFAs must comply with the requirements of the Financial Advisers Act 2008. This includes disclosure obligations which are set out in regulations.
See here for all authorisation, renewal and registration information.
Download the list of AFAs - current as at 4 May 2017.
The FMA publishes this information for public use. The information is provided to us from external sources and the FMA does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. The obligation for updating AFA details on the Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) is the responsibility of the AFA, not the FMA.
To find details on AFAs please visit the FSPR website and using the advanced search option complete as follows:
As an AFA you must comply with a number of obligations when providing financial adviser services. It's important you understand your scope of obligations.
The Code applies to all AFAs.
Putting investor interests first is at the heart of raising the standards of how financial advice is conducted.
To be authorised to provide a personalised DIMS service you must first meet the prescribed eligibility criteria.
How we monitor, and our current focus for each adviser type and for those on the perimeter of financial advice and services.
The AFA information return is an online tool that each AFA must complete and submit annually.
We have a formal complaints process if people or companies breach requirements. AFAs who breach the code may also face the Disciplinary Committee.
The FMC Act provides for fair dealing in relation to financial products and services and sets out minimum compliance standards of behaviour for people operating in the financial markets.
Find out more about exemptions for AFAs and overseas finanical advisers, current notices and how to apply for one.
The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT Act) 2009 and its Regulations place obligations on New Zealand’s financial institutions to detect and deter money laundering and terrorism financing. Find out how it affects you.
Applicants must pay a fee when they either apply for a new licence for financial market services or apply to vary an existing licence. The relevant fees are set by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and outlined in the Financial Markets Conduct (Fees) Regulations 2014. Review the full list of fees.
5 May 2017
Media release MR No. 2017 – 158 May 2017 The FMA is working with ANZ to see if behavioural insights can prompt more ANZ KiwiSaver members to get retirement advice, or use retirement-planning tools when they hit 56 years old. The aim of this behavioural insights pilot is to examine if adjusting communications sent to ANZ KiwiSaver members aged 56, and users of their ‘lifetimes’ investment approach, results in more members checking they are on track...
20 February 2017
Media release MR No. 2017 – 05 20 February 2017 The Conduct Outcomes Report 2016 highlights the key issues and actions from the FMA’s enforcement, supervision and preventative activities for the financial year July 2015 to June 2016. Previously published as the Investigations and Enforcement Report, this report shows how the FMA has made use of the broad range of conduct regulation powers available under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. Key ac...
15 February 2017
Media Release MR No. 2017 – 04 15 February 2017 Today the Financial Markets Authority published its updated Strategic Risk Outlook (SRO). This is a foundation FMA document and sets out how the regulator identifies and prioritises the key risks to its overall objective of fair, efficient and transparent markets. In 2014, the FMA established seven strategic priorities to address the main risks and potential harms to financial markets. Those priorities an...
8 March 2017
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.