The rules and guidance in this sourcebook will assist the appropriate regulator to meet the statutory objectives. This sourcebook does so by setting minimal capital and other risk management standards thereby mitigating the possibility that firms will be unable to meet their liabilities and commitments to consumers and counterparties.
The general scheme of this sourcebook is, wherever appropriate, to apply the financial and other prudential standards which applied to a firm immediately prior to it becoming authorised by the appropriate regulator under the Act. For convenience, the chapter numbers adopted in this sourcebook correspond with those of the rulebooks of previous regulators.
On becoming authorised by the appropriate regulator a firm will have to comply with the particular chapter of this sourcebook appropriate to its business. The firm will be able to seek guidance on this during the authorisation procedure. If subsequently, the business for which a firm has permission changes it may be necessary for it to comply with a different set of financial resources requirements. Firms will be able to discuss this aspect with the appropriate regulator during the application process.