1. Compliance
  2. Authorised financial advisers
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Who needs to comply

All AFAs must comply with the requirements of the Financial Advisers Act 2008. This includes disclosure obligations which are set out in regulations.

Calendar

See upcoming events and key dates.

Authorisation, renewals and registration

See here for all authorisation, renewal and registration information.

List of Authorised Financial Advisers (AFAs)

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:

  • To search AFAs by name or FSP number type their name or FSP number in the 'search for FSP' field.
  • To search AFAs by location, under the 'financial services' drop-down box, select 'Financial adviser' then type your area in the 'address keywords' field.

Your obligations

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.

Code of Professional Conduct for AFAs

The Code applies to all AFAs.

Financial advice

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

DIMS - all you need to know

To be authorised to provide a personalised DIMS service you must first meet the prescribed eligibility criteria. 

Monitoring and surveillance

How we monitor, and our current focus for each adviser type and for those on the perimeter of financial advice and services.

Completing your annual AFA information return

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.

Fair dealing

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.

Exemptions

Find out more about exemptions for AFAs and overseas finanical advisers, current notices and how to apply for one.

AML/CFT and you

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.

Fees and levies

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.

 

Latest News

FMA publishes annual corporate plan

28 August 2017

The Financial Markets Authority is publishing its annual corporate plan for the first time, setting out its planned regulatory activities and key areas of focus to June 2018.

FADC decision on a financial adviser

22 June 2017

Media Release22 June 2017 The Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee (FADC) has released its decision into FMA’s complaint against an authorised financial adviser. The FADC has granted name suppression for the time being, until a decision has been made on disposition. A copy of the decision can be found here. Share this Share on Facebook Tweet this...

KiwiSaver trial to target decision-making a decade out from ...

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...

 

Latest Consultations

Consultation paper: Proposed exemption to facilitate persona...

16 November 2017

Updated 16 November 2017   Final date for submissions   5pm, Friday 15 December 2017   Consultation document Exemption to enable personalised digital advice, information sheet and application documents Submission form Feedback form E-mail for submission consultation@fma.govt.nz (please use the title of the consultation paper for the subject line)  Update 16 November 2017We are seeking comments on how our decision to grant an ex...