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  1. 23 August 2017

    FADC decision on financial adviser (updated)

    Media Release23 August 2017The Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee has published its ruling following an FMA complaint against an authorised financial adviser.The FADC has made a decision on the penalties to be applied and has made a permanent order for name suppression.The AFA has been censured and a six month supervision plan has been put in place.Copies of the decision, the Supervision Plan and Appendix to the Supervision Plan can be found here...


  2. 31 July 2017

    Judgment confirmed in the FMA v Warminger as appeals withdrawn

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 3431 July 2017  Mr Mark Warminger has withdrawn his appeal against the High Court judgment in the Financial Markets Authority v Warminger and as a result the FMA has withdrawn its cross-appeal. The judgment from March 2017 and penalty decision from June 2017 stand and this brings these civil proceedings to a close. In the High Court Venning J found that, in relation to two of the causes of action, Mr Warminger had committe...


  3. 21 July 2017

    Consumers tell FMA about financial providers’ conduct

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 3321 July 2017 Financial services providers are fair and professional, but have work to do to explain fees and how their products are appropriate, their customers have told the FMA. The FMA has completed its first survey of consumers’ experience of conduct. It follows the publication of the FMA’s guide to its view of conduct earlier this year. This focused on the ‘five Cs for good conduct’: capability, conflict, cul...


  4. 19 July 2017

    FMA confirms KiwiSaver fees methodology

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 3219 July 2017 The FMA has confirmed the methodology KiwiSaver scheme providers must use when calculating the dollar amount of fees paid by KiwiSaver investors for annual statements. The FMA wants to ensure providers are calculating fees accurately without burdening them with unnecessary costs and ensuring they have time to comply. KiwiSaver scheme providers must allocate fees charged at the fund level to investors using one...


  5. 13 July 2017

    Former RFA sentenced at Auckland District Court

    Media release   MR No. 2017 – 3113 July 2017 A former registered financial adviser who forged clients’ initials and falsely amended insurance applications has been sentenced to 150 hours of community work, 6 months community detention and ordered to pay reparations of $16,461.24. Anthony Wilson had earlier pleaded guilty to a total of four charges under the Crimes Act brought by the Financial Markets Authority at the Auckland District Court. Wilson...


  6. 30 June 2017

    Penalty judgment in the case of FMA v Warminger

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 3030 June 2017 The High Court imposed a total penalty of $400,000 on Mark Warminger for two contraventions of the Securities Markets Act 1978. Venning J found that the starting point for the two contraventions was a penalty of $500,000 and applied a reduction in penalty of $100,000 to recognise Mr Warminger’s personal circumstances. As a result of the pecuniary penalty order Mr Warminger automatically received a 5 year man...


  7. 30 June 2017

    Further updates for Forestlands investors

    30 June 2017 The FMA has previously notified that during its initial inquiries into Forestlands it identified $18 million which Forestlands said was to be paid to investors. We note that investors, who are shareholders in the Forestlands companies, had expressed concerns about Forestlands, how the assets were sold and how they would receive their share of the proceeds. The FMA decided that the $18 million should be placed in trust to protect and preserve...


  8. 29 June 2017

    Annual review of NZX published

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 2929 June 2017 The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published its annual review of whether NZX met its statutory obligations as a licensed market operator.    NZX plays a vital role in helping to achieve fair, orderly and transparent financial markets in New Zealand to promote confident and informed participation by investors. NZX complied with its market operator obligations during the review period (calendar year 20...


  9. 27 June 2017

    Forestlands – update for investors

    27 June 2017 The FMA has received a number of requests for further information about the Forestlands group of companies from shareholders in recent weeks.  The FMA continues to seek to engage with the sole director of the Forestlands group and his legal representatives to ascertain what steps have been taken to put in place an appropriate process for determining and managing the distribution of the $18 million that is held on trust, accruing interest. T...


  10. 21 June 2017

    FMA seeks feedback on robo-advice exemption

    Media release MR No. 2017 - 2821 June 2017 The FMA is seeking feedback on its proposals to allow entities to provide personalised financial advice generated by a computer programme or algorithm (robo-advice). This would be a temporary measure before new legislation is passed by Parliament. The current law, passed in 2008, did not contemplate digital advice, meaning that personalised advice, or advice that takes into account an individual's financial situ...


  11. 14 June 2017

    Insider trader sentenced

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 2714 June 2017 Jeffrey Peter Honey was sentenced yesterday to six months home detention at the Auckland District Court, after pleading guilty to one charge of insider trading under section 243(1)(a) and section 244 Financial Markets Conduct Act.  Mr Honey admitted to  being an information insider advising and  encouraging another person to trade. FMA’s General Counsel, Nick Kynoch, said, “Insider trading erodes confid...


  12. 9 June 2017

    FMA files charges under Crimes Act

    Media release MR No. 2017 - 269 June 2017 Two men appeared yesterday in the Tauranga District Court in relation to various charges filed by the FMA under the Crimes Act. Robert Ian South is charged with two counts of theft by a person in a special relationship, under section 220 of the Crimes Act 1961. This carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. Murray Byron Provan is charged with two counts of obtaining by deception under Section 240 of the...


  13. 8 June 2017

    Trial shows simple way to help KiwiSaver members

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 248 June 2017 KiwiSaver members who received communications created using behavioural insights were more likely to choose to move out of default funds, and less likely to transfer to another provider.  Statistical analysis of a trial run by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), Kiwi Wealth and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment found members who received content created using behavioural insights were 47%...


  14. 8 June 2017

    Innovative Securities fails to overturn FSPR ruling

    Media release MR No. 2017 –258 June 2017 The High Court has dismissed an appeal by Innovative Securities Limited (Innovative Securities) against the Financial Markets Authority’s (FMA) decision to direct Companies Office, as the registrar of the Financial Services Provider Register (FSPR), to de-register the company from the FSPR. In his judgment, Moore J states that “the criticisms of the processes and reasoning of the FMA in determining that Inn...


  15. 8 June 2017

    FMA announces methodology for KiwiSaver fee disclosure

    Media release MR No. 2017 –238 June 2017 The Government has recently introduced regulations requiring KiwiSaver providers to disclose fees in dollars in members’ annual statements. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has been consulting on a methodology that will assist KiwiSaver providers to understand the requirements of those regulations. The FMA today announced its decision on the methodology for calculating the fees charged to members by dolla...


  16. 29 May 2017

    FMA survey: Investor confidence bounces back

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 2229 May 2017 Major disruptions in world events over the last year have not dented New Zealanders’ confidence in financial markets. The FMA today released its annual survey into the public’s attitude to financial markets. The survey shows that confidence has risen significantly to 65% among all respondents, from 56% in 2016. Investor confidence in the markets has reached its highest level (69%) since the FMA started the...


  17. 26 May 2017

    RBNZ and FMA welcome new foreign exchange market Global Code of Conduct

    Media release MR No. 2017 – 2126 May 2017 The Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Financial Markets Authority have welcomed the release of a new code to promote good practice in the international foreign exchange market. The new Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market was released in London by the Bank for International Settlements last night. It was developed by central banks and foreign exchange market participants from 16 international ju...