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PERG 4.1.1GRP
This chapter applies to any person who needs to know whether the activities he conducts in relation to mortgages are subject to FSA regulation.
PERG 4.1.2GRP
With effect from 31 October 2004 certain activities relating to mortgages have been regulated by the FSA. The purpose of this guidance is to help persons decide whether they need authorisation and, if they do, to determine the scope of the Part IV permission for which they will need to apply.
PERG 7.1.1GRP
This chapter applies to anyone involved in publishing periodicals, or in providing news services or broadcasts, who gives (or proposes to give) advice about securities, relevant investments or home finance transactions1and who wishes to determine whether he will be carrying on the regulated activities of advising on investments or advising on a home finance transaction1.11
PERG 7.1.2GRP
The purpose of this chapter is to provide guidance as to:(1) when a person involved in publishing periodicals, or in providing news services or broadcasts, requires authorisation to carry on the regulated activities of advising on investments or advising on a home finance transaction1(see PERG 7.3 (Does the activity require authorisation));1(2) if he does, whether he qualifies for the exclusion from those activities that applies to a periodical publication, a regularly updated
MCOB 2.7.2GRP
For any electronic communication with a customer in relation to a home finance transaction3 a firm should: 3(1) have in place appropriate arrangements, including contingency plans, to ensure the secure transmission and receipt of the communication; it should also be able to verify the authenticity and integrity of the communication together with the date and time sent and received; the arrangements should be proportionate and take into account the different levels of risk in a
MCOB 2.7.6RRP
(1) 12A firm must not:(a) supply a service to a consumer4 without a prior request on his part, when this activity includes a request for immediate or deferred payment; or 4(b) enforce any obligations against aconsumer4 in the event of unsolicited supplies of services, the absence of a reply not constituting consent. 4(2) Paragraph (1) applies in relation to mortgage mediation activities, entering into a regulated mortgage contract, home purchase mediation activities or entering
MCOB 6.1.3RRP
This chapter applies with respect to an offer made by a firm to a customer with a view to the firm:(1) entering into a home finance transaction;33(2) varying the terms of a home finance transaction3 entered into by the customer in any of the following ways:3(a) adding or removing a party;(b) making a further advance; or(c) switching all or part of the regulated mortgage contract from one interest rate to another;1(whether or not the customer agrees to enter into the home finance
MCOB 6.1.5RRP
In MCOB 6, a reference to an offer to enter into a home finance transaction3 is to be read as including a reference to an offer to vary an existing home finance transaction3 in a manner specified in 3this section3 if the context so requires.33
MCOB 8.3.1RRP
(1) 3(a) 3Subject to (c),MCOB 4.1 to MCOB 4.6 and MCOB 4.8 (with the modifications stated in MCOB 8.3.3 R and MCOB 8.3.4 R) apply to a firm where the home finance transaction is a lifetime mortgage.33(b) MCOB 4.1 to MCOB 4.4 and MCOB 4.8 (with the modifications stated in MCOB 8.3.3 R and MCOB 8.3.4 R) apply to a firm where the home finance transaction is a home reversion plan, except for those provisions that by their nature are only relevant to regulated mortgage contracts.3(2)
PERG 4.14.1GRP
Professional firms (broadly, firms of solicitors, accountants and actuaries) may carry on regulated mortgage activities in the course of their usual professional activities. The regulated activities of advising on, arranging (bringing about), making arrangements with a view to and administering regulated mortgage contracts are those most likely to be relevant.
PERG 4.14.2GRP
In the FSA's view, the following exclusions are likely, in many cases, to exclude the normal activities of professional firms from amounting to regulated mortgage activities:(1) article 67 of the Regulated Activities Order (Activities carried on in the course of a profession or non-investment business), which applies in relation to the advising and arranging activities (see PERG 4.10.1 G);(2) article 66 of the Regulated Activities Order (Trustees, nominees and personal representatives)
MCOB 7.1.3RRP
This chapter applies if a firm:(1) enters into a home finance transaction2 with a customer; or2(2) administers a home finance transaction2which was entered into with a customer; or2(3) arranges or advises on or makes a further advance or other variation to the terms of a home finance transaction2entered into with a customer.2
MCOB 7.1.4RRP
This chapter applies in relation to further advances and other variations (as specified in MCOB 7.6.7 R - MCOB 7.7.4 R in relation to a regulated mortgage contract2) regardless of whether they are variations to an existing home finance transaction2or are such that they involve the customer entering into a new home finance transaction2.22
MCOB 9.3.1RRP
(1) MCOB 5.1 to MCOB 5.5 (with the modifications stated in MCOB 9.3.2 R to MCOB 9.3.12 R) apply to a firm where the home finance transaction is an equity release transaction, except that those provisions that by their nature are only relevant to regulated mortgage contracts do not apply to home reversion plans (see MCOB 9.1.2A G).33(2) The table in MCOB 9.3.2 R shows how the relevant rules and guidance in MCOB 5 must be modified by replacing the cross-references with the relevant
MCOB 9.3.2RRP

Table of modified cross-references to other rules.

This table belongs to MCOB 9.3.1 R.

Subject

Rule or guidance

Reference in rule or guidance

To be read as a reference to:

Variations

MCOB 5.1.3R(2)

MCOB 7

MCOB 7 as modified by MCOB 9

Part of loan not an equity release transaction2

2

MCOB 5.1.9G

MCOB 5.6.6R(2)

MCOB 9.4.6R(2)

Waiver of provisions

MCOB 5.1.10G

MCOB 5.6

MCOB 9.4.

Purpose

MCOB 5.2.1G

MCOB 5

MCOB 5 as modified by MCOB 9

Applying for a lifetime mortgage2

2

MCOB 5.3.2G

MCOB 5.6.26R and MCOB 5.6.27R

MCOB 9.4.26R and MCOB 9.4.27R

Tied products

MCOB 5.4.24G

MCOB 5.6.74R

MCOB 9.4.73R or MCOB 9.4.160R3

Issue of offer document in place of illustration

MCOB 5.5.3G

MCOB 6.4 and MCOB 6.6

MCOB 6.4 and MCOB 6.6 as modified by MCOB 9

Customer's credit record

MCOB 5.5.16R

MCOB 5.5.15R(4)

MCOB 9.3.12R(3)

PERG 4.15.1GRP
The term 'packagers' is used variously to describe a range of intermediaries and their different activities in the mortgage process. Depending on the nature of their activities, these intermediaries may carry on regulated mortgage activities. The regulated activities likely to be of most relevance are arranging (bringing about) or making arrangements with a view to regulated mortgage contracts (described in more detail at PERG 4.5) and advising on regulated mortgage contracts
PERG 4.15.2GRP
So-called 'mortgage clubs' or 'wholesalers' essentially act as a distribution function for lenders, providing information to intermediaries about current deals available from a range of lenders. They provide information (often through an electronic sourcing system) in a way that helps intermediaries search the market effectively and, as such, do not deal directly with individual borrowers. If only engaged in these activities and without direct contact with individual borrowers,
MCOB 6.2.1GRP
(1) MCOB 6 amplifies Principle 6 and Principle 7. The purpose of MCOB 6 is to ensure that a customer receives a clear offer document to enable him to check the features and price of thehome finance transaction1 before he enters into it. The offer document should include an updated and suitably adapted illustration (for a regulated mortgage contract) or financial information statement (for a home purchase plan)1 so that the customer can compare it with the one1 he received before
TC App 2.1.1RRP

1UK domestic firm

Incoming EEA firm

Overseas firm (other than an incoming EEA firm)

MiFID business and equivalent third country business

TC applies in respect of employees who carry on activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

and

TC also applies insofar as an activity is carried on from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative or, where applicable, its tied agent) in, and within the territory of, another EEA State

TC does not apply

TC applies in respect of employees who carry on activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

Insurance mediation activities

TC applies in respect of employees who carry on activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

and

TC also applies in respect of employees who engage in or oversee activities from a branch established in another EEA state

TC does not apply

TC does not apply

Regulated mortgage activity and reversion activity

TC applies if the customer is resident in the United Kingdom at the time the regulated mortgage activity or reversion activity is carried on

and

TC also applies if the customer is resident in another EEA State (at the time that the activity is carried on) but only if the activity is carried on from an establishment maintained by the firm or its appointed representative in the United Kingdom

Same as for UK domestic firm

Same as for UK domestic firm

Any other activity in Appendix 1

TC applies in respect of employees who carry on these activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

and

TC also applies in respect of employees who carry on activities with or for a client in the United Kingdom

TC applies in respect of its employees who carry on activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

TC applies in respect of its employees who carry on activities from an establishment maintained by the firm (or its appointed representative) in the United Kingdom

MCOB 7.2.1GRP
(1) This chapter amplifies Principle 6 and Principle 7. 2(1A) 2This chapter requires information to be supplied to customers at the start of a2regulated mortgage contract to enable them to check that the regulated mortgage contract has been set up in accordance with their requirements and to notify them of the first and subsequent payments.2(2) Where a firm provides services to a customer in relation to a further advance, rate switch, or addition or removal of a party to a regulated
PERG 4.13.1GRP
Certain named persons are exempted by the Exemption Order from the need to obtain authorisation. The following bodies are exempt in relation to carrying on by them of any of the regulated mortgage activities:(1) local authorities (paragraph 47 of the Schedule to the Exemption Order) but not their subsidiaries;(2) registered social landlords in England and Wales within the meaning of Part I of the Housing Act 1996 (paragraph 48(2)1(a) of the Schedule to the Exemption Order) but
MCOB 2.5.1GRP
Principle 2 requires a firm to conduct its business with due skill, care and diligence. MCOB 2.5 indicates the extent to which firms that carry on home finance activities1 and that communicate or approve a financial promotion1 can meet this requirement by relying on others. 11
MCOB 4.2.1GRP
(1) This chapter amplifies Principle 6 (Customers' interests), Principle 7 (Communications with clients) and Principle 9 (Customers: relationships of trust). 1(2) The purpose of this chapter is to ensure that:(a) customers are adequately informed about the nature of the service which they may receive from a firm in relation to home finance transactions1. In particular firms need to make clear to customers the scope of home finance transactions available from them; and11(b) where
MCOB 5.2.1GRP
(1) MCOB 5 amplifies Principle 6 and Principle 7.1(2) The purpose of MCOB 5 is to ensure that, before a customer submits an application for a particular home finance transaction1, he is supplied with information that makes clear:1(a) (in relation to a regulated mortgage contract) its features, any linked deposits, any linked borrowing and any tied products; and11(b) the price that the customer will be required to pay under that home finance transaction, 1to enable the customer
SUP 12.2.7GRP
(1) The Appointed Representatives Regulations are made by the Treasury under section 39(1) of the Act. These regulations describe, among other things, the business for which an appointed representative may be exempt, which is business which comprises any of:(a) dealing in investments as agent (article 21 of the Regulated Activities Order) where the transaction relates to a pure protection contract (but only where the contract is not a long-term care insurance contract) or general
SUP 12.2.8GRP
(1) An introducer appointed representative is an appointed representative appointed by a firm whose scope of appointment must, under SUP 12.5.7 R, be limited to:(a) effecting introductions to the firm or other members of the firm's group; and5(b) distributing non-real time financial promotions which relate to products or services available from or through the firm or other members of the firm's group.5(2) The permitted scope of appointment of an introducer appointed representative
MIPRU 4.4.2RRP

Table: Items which are eligible to contribute to the capital resources of a firm

Item

Additional explanation

1.

Share capital

This must be fully paid and may include:

(1)

ordinary share capital; or

(2)

preference share capital (excluding preference shares redeemable by shareholders within two years).

2.

Capital other than share capital (for example, the capital of a sole trader, partnership or limited liability partnership)

The capital of a sole trader is the net balance on the firm's capital account and current account. The capital of a partnership is the capital made up of the partners':

(1)

capital account, that is the account:

(a)

into which capital contributed by the partners is paid; and

(b)

from which, under the terms of the partnership agreement, an amount representing capital may be withdrawn by a partner only if:

(i) he ceases to be a partner and an equal amount is transferred to another such account by his former partners or any person replacing him as their partner; or

(ii) the partnership is otherwise dissolved or wound up; and

(2)

current accounts according to the most recent financial statement.

For the purpose of the calculation of capital resources, in respect of a defined benefit occupational pension scheme:

(1)

a firm must derecognise any defined benefit asset;

(2)

a firm may substitute for a defined benefit liability the firm'sdeficit reduction amount, provided that the election is applied consistently in respect of any one financial year.

3.

Reserves (Note 1)

These are, subject to Note 1, the audited accumulated profits retained by the firm (after deduction of tax, dividends and proprietors' or partners' drawings) and other reserves created by appropriations of share premiums and similar realised appropriations. Reserves also include gifts of capital, for example, from a parent undertaking.

For the purposes of calculating capital resources, a firm must make the following adjustments to its reserves, where appropriate:

(1)

a firm must deduct any unrealised gains or, where applicable, add back in any unrealised losses on debt instruments held, or formerly held,3 in the available-for-sale financial assets category;

(2)

a firm must deduct any unrealised gains or, where applicable, add back in any unrealised losses on cash flow hedges of financial instruments measured at cost or amortised cost;

(3)

in respect of a defined benefit occupational pension scheme:

(a)

a firm must derecognise any defined benefit asset;

(b)

a firm may substitute for a defined benefit liability the firm'sdeficit reduction amount, provided that the election is applied consistently in respect of any one financial year.

4.

Interim net profits (Note 1)

If a firm seeks to include interim net profits in the calculation of its capital resources, the profits have, subject to Note 1, to be verified by the firm's external auditor, net of tax, anticipated dividends or proprietors' drawings and other appropriations.

5.

Revaluation reserves

6.

General/ collective provisions (Note 1)

These are provisions that a firm carrying on home financing1or home finance administration1holds against potential losses that have not yet been identified but which experience indicates are present in the firm's portfolio of assets. Such provisions must be freely available to meet these unidentified losses wherever they arise. Subject to Note 1, general/collective provisions must be verified by external auditors and disclosed in the firm's annual report and accounts.

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7.

Subordinated loans

Subordinated loans must be included in capital on the basis of the provisions in this chapter that apply to subordinated loans.

Note:

1

Reserves must be audited and interim net profits, general and collective provisions must be verified by the firm's external auditor unless the firm is exempt from the provisions of Part VII of the Companies Act 1985 (section 249A (Exemptions from audit)) or, where applicable, Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006 (section 477 (Small companies: Conditions for exemption from audit))2 relating to the audit of accounts. 2

MIPRU 4.4.8RRP
  1. (1)

    This rule applies to a firm which:

    1. (a)

      carries on:

      1. (i)

        insurance mediation activity; or

      2. (ii)

        home finance mediation activity1(or both); and

        1
    1. (b)

      in relation to those activities, holds client money or other client assets;

but is not carrying on home financing1orhome finance administration1.

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  1. (2)

    In calculating its capital resources, the firm must exclude any amount by which the aggregate amount of its subordinated loans and its redeemable preference shares exceeds the amount calculated as follows:

  2. four times (a - b - c);

    where:

    a

    =

    items 1 to 5 in the Table of items which are eligible to contribute to a firm's capital resources (see MIPRU 4.4.2 R)

    b

    =

    the firm's redeemable preference shares; and

    c

    =

    the amount of its intangible assets (but not goodwill until 14 January 2008 - see transitional provision 1).

SUP 12.5.6ARRP
(1) 4A firm must ensure that, if appointing an appointed representative (other than an introducer appointed representative), to carry on any of the following regulated activities, its written contract prohibits the appointed representative from carrying on any of the specified activities as an appointed representative for another firm:4(a) any designated investment business for retail clients7: the prohibition must cover all designated investment business for retail clients7;477(b)
SUP 12.5.6BGRP
4(1) The effect of SUP 12.5.6A R (1)(a) is that, in relation to designated investment business with retail clients7, appointed representatives are restricted to one principal.47(1A) The effect of SUP 12.5.6A R (1A) is that tied agents are restricted to one principal when acting as such. A tied agent who has a MiFID investment firm or a third country investment firm as a principal may have other principals who are not MiFID investment firms or third country investment firms.8(2)