MCOB 3A.3 Other general requirements for financial promotions

Financial promotions to be balanced and with appropriate warnings

MCOB 3A.3.1R

1A firm which communicating or approving a financial promotion within MCOB 3A.2.4 R must, in addition, ensure that the financial promotion:

  1. (1)

    is accurate;

  2. (2)

    is balanced and, in particular, does not emphasise any potential benefits of the MCD regulated mortgage contract, other qualifying credit, home reversion plan or regulated sale and rent back agreement without also giving a fair and prominent indication of any relevant risks;

  3. (3)

    is sufficient for, and presented in a way that is likely to be understood by, the average member of the group to whom it is directed, or by whom it is likely to be received;

  4. (4)

    makes it clear, where applicable, that the credit is secured on the customer's home;

  5. (5)

    does not disguise, omit, diminish or obscure important items, statements or warnings; and

  6. (6)

    where it contains a comparison or contrast, presents the comparison or contrast in a fair and balanced way and ensures that is meaningful.

Name and contact point

MCOB 3A.3.2R

A non-real time financial promotion must contain the name of the firm or its appointed representative and either an address or a contact point from which an address is available.

Solicited financial promotions

MCOB 3A.3.3R

A financial promotion is not a solicited financial promotion unless a firm ensures that:

  1. (1)

    it is clear from all the circumstances when the call, visit or dialogue is initiated or requested that, during the course of the visit, call or dialogue, a financial promotion would be made; and

  2. (2)

    a person is not to be treated as expressly requesting a call, visit or dialogue:

    1. (a)

      because they omit to indicate that they do not wish to receive any or any further visits or calls or to engage in any or any further dialogue;

    2. (b)

      because they agree to standard terms that state that such visits, calls or dialogues will take place, unless they have signified clearly that, in addition to agreeing to the terms, they are willing for them to take place.

MCOB 3A.3.4R

If a financial promotion is solicited by a person (“R”), it is treated as also having been solicited by any other person to whom it is made at the same time as R if that other person is a close relative of R or is expected to enter into a home reversion plan, a regulated sale and rent back agreement or any contract for qualifying credit jointly with R.

Prohibition on cold calls

MCOB 3A.3.5R

A firm must not make a cold call of qualifying credit, a home reversion plan or a regulated sale and rent back agreement unless the customer has an established existing customer relationship with the firm and the relationship is such that the customer envisages receiving such financial promotions.