RFAs are individual advisers who are required to be registered under the Financial Advisers Act 2008.
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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See here for all licensing and registration information.
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 we can take. 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.
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.