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COBS 10.6.1GRP
A firm need not assess appropriateness if it is receiving or transmitting an order in relation to which it has assessed suitability under COBS 9 (Suitability (including basic advice)).
COBS 10.6.2GRP
A firm may not need to assess appropriateness if it is able to rely on a recommendation made by an investment firm (see COBS 2.4.5 G (Reliance on other investment firms: MiFID and equivalent business).
COBS 18.10.1RRP

1The COBS provisions in the table apply to a UCITS qualifier and a service company:




Communications to clients, but only in relation to communicating or approving a financial promotion




Investment Research recommendations: required disclosures

COBS 18.10.2RRP
2COBS 4 and COBS 12.4 apply to an AIFM qualifier.
COBS 10.7.1GRP
A1firm is required to keep orderly records of its business and internal organisation, including all services and transactions undertaken by it.1 The records may be expected to include the client information a firm obtains to assess appropriateness and should be adequate to indicate what the assessment was. 11
COBS 10.7.2RRP
The firm must retain its records relating to appropriateness for a minimum of five years.
A1firm must:(1) notify a new client of its categorisation as a retail client, professional client, or eligible counterparty in accordance with this chapter; and(2) prior to the provision of services, inform a client in a durable medium about:(a) any right that client has to request a different categorisation; and(b) any limitations to the level of client protection that such a different categorisation would entail. [Note: paragraph 2 of section I of annex II to MiFID and articles
This chapter requires a firm to allow a client to request re-categorisation as a client that benefits from a higher degree of protection (see COBS 3.7.1 R). A firm must therefore notify a client that is categorised as a professional client or an eligible counterparty of its right to request a different categorisation whether or not the firm will agree to such requests. However, a firm need only notify a client of a right to request a different categorisation involving a lower
A retail client is a client who is not a professional client or an eligible counterparty. [Note: article 4(1)(12) of MiFID]
If a firm provides services relating to a CTF (except for a personal recommendation relating to a contribution to a CTF), the firm'sclient is a retail client even if it would otherwise be categorised as a professional client or an eligible counterparty under this chapter.
A firm must ensure that any reference in advertising to an investor compensation scheme established under the Investor Compensation Directive is limited to a factual reference to the scheme. [Note: article 10(3) of the Investor Compensation Directive]
2To ensure that a firm pays due regard to the information needs of its clients, and communicates information to them in a way which is clear, fair and not misleading with respect to the activity of issuing electronic money, a firm must ensure that, in good time before the firm issues electronic money to a person, it has been communicated to that person on paper or in another durable medium that the compensation scheme does not cover claims made in connection with issuing electronic
COBS 18.4.1RRP

The provisions of COBS in the table do not apply in relation to any stock lending activity carried on by a firm which is MiFID or equivalent third country business:




Adviser charging and remuneration


Retail investment product provider requirements relating to adviser charging and remuneration


Describing advice services


Disclosing information about services, fees and commission - packaged products


Disclosure of charges, remuneration and commission


Suitability reports


Special rules for providing basic advice on a stakeholder product


Use of dealing commission


Guidance on contingent liability transaction


Quotations for surrender values


Life insurance contracts - communications to clients

16 Annex 1 R (1) 14

Information to be provided in accordance with COBS 16.2.1 R and 16.3

COBS 18.4.2GRP

The provisions of COBS in the table are unlikely to be relevant in relation to any stock lending activity carried on by a firm which is MiFID or equivalent third country business:




Distance communications, except in relation to distance contracts concluded with consumers


Insurance mediation


Preparing product information


Providing product information


Cancellation, except cancellation and withdrawal rights in relation to distance contracts concluded with consumers


Claims handling for long-term care insurance


Trustee firms' regime


Energy market activity and oil market activity


Corporate finance business


Pensions - supplementary provisions



COBS 19.3.1RRP
(1) When a firm sells, personally recommends or arranges1 the payment of an AVC contribution by a member of an occupational pension scheme to be secured by a packaged product purchased by the scheme trustees, it must give the trustees sufficient information to pass to the relevant member for that member to be able to make informed comparisons between the AVC and any alternative personal pension schemes and stakeholder pension schemes available.1(2) This rule applies to an AVC
COBS 18.8.2RRP

Where an OPS firm conducts OPS activity and is obliged to provide a periodic statement, the periodic statement must contain the information in the table below.

Information to be included in a periodic statement provided by an OPS firm conducting OPS activity


Investment objectives

A statement of any investment objectives governing the mandate of the portfolio of the occupational pension scheme as at the closing and starting date of the periodic statement.


Details of any asset loaned or charged

(a) a summary of any investments that were, at the closing date, lent to a third party and any investments that were at that date charged to secure borrowings made on behalf of the portfolio; and

(b) the aggregate of any interest payments made and income received during the account period in respect of loans or borrowings made during that period and a comparison with the previous period.


Transactions and changes in composition

(a) a summary of the transactions entered into for the portfolio during the period and a comparison with the previous period;

(b) the aggregate of money and a summary of all investments transferred into and out of the portfolio during the period; and

(c) the aggregate of any interest payments, dividends and other benefits received by the firm for the portfolio during that period and a comparison with the previous period.


Charges and remuneration

If not previously advised in writing, a statement for the period of account:

(a) of the aggregate charges of the firm and its associates; and

(b) of any remuneration received by the firm or its associates or both from a third party in respect of the transactions entered into, or any other services provided, for the portfolio.


Movement in value of portfolio

A statement of the difference between the value of the portfolio at the closing date of the period of account and its value at the starting date, having regard, during the period of account, to:

(a) the aggregate of assets received from the occupational pension scheme and added to the portfolio;

(b) the aggregate of the value of assets transferred, or of amounts paid, to the client;

(c) the aggregate income received on behalf of the client in respect of the portfolio; and

(d) the aggregate of realised and unrealised profits or gains and losses attributable to the assets comprised in the portfolio.

COBS 18.8.3RRP
COBS 8 (Client agreements) does not apply to an OPS firm, where the OPS firm is carrying on designated investment business as part of its OPS activity in relation to an occupational pension scheme of which it is a trustee.
COBS 4.11.1RRP
(1) A firm must make an adequate record of any financial promotion it communicates or approves, other than a financial promotion made in the course of a personal visit, telephone conversation or other interactive dialogue.(2) For a telemarketing campaign, a firm must make an adequate record of copies of any scripts used.(2A) If a firmcommunicates or approves an invitation or inducement to participate in, acquire, or underwrite a non-mainstream pooled investment which is addressed
COBS 4.11.2GRP
A firm should consider maintaining a record of why it is satisfied that the financial promotion complies with the financial promotion rules.
COBS 4.11.3GRP
If the financial promotion includes market information that is updated continuously in line with the relevant market, the record-keeping rules do not require a firm to record that information.
COBS 16.1.1RRP
1A firm must ensure in relation to MiFID or equivalent third country business that a client receives adequate reports on the services provided to it by the firm. The reports must include, where applicable, the costs associated with the transactions and services undertaken by the firm on behalf of the client. [Note: article 19(8) of MiFID]
(1) A firm must ensure that a financial promotion addressed to a client is clearly identifiable as such.[Note: article 19(2) of MiFID and article 77 of the UCITS Directive]3(2) If2 a financial promotion relates to a2firm'sMiFID or equivalent third country business, this rule does not apply to the extent that the2financial promotion is a third party prospectus.2(3) If2 a financial promotion relates2 to a 2 firm's business that is not 2MiFID or equivalent third country business,
1This chapter applies to a firm carrying on insurance mediation in relation to a life policy, but only if the State of the commitment is an EEA State. [Note: articles 1 and 12 (4) and (5) of the Insurance Mediation Directive]
COBS 14.1.1RRP
1In this chapter:(1) 'retail client' includes the trustee or operator of a stakeholder pension scheme or personal pension scheme and the trustee of a money-purchase occupational pension scheme; and(2) ‘sell’ includes ‘sell, personally recommend or arrange the sale of’ in relation to a designated investment and equivalent activities in relation to a cash-deposit ISA and cash-deposit CTF.
COBS 21.1.1RRP
1The rules in this section apply on an ongoing basis to linked long-term contracts that are effected by: (1) insurers other than EEA insurers; and(2) EEA insurers in the United Kingdom.
COBS 16.5.1RRP
When a long-term insurer receives any indication that a retail client wishes to surrender a life policy which is of the type that may be traded on an existing secondary market for life policies, it must, before accepting a surrender, make the policyholder aware that he may be able to sell his policy instead, how he may do so and that there may be financial benefits in doing so.
COBS 15.1.1GRP
1This chapter is relevant to a firm that enters into a contract cancellable under this chapter. In summary, this means it is relevant to:(1) most providers of retail financial products that are based on designated investments; and2(2) firms that enter into distance contracts with consumers that relate to designated investment business; and32(3) firms that enter into distance contracts the making or performance of which by the firm constitutes, or is part of, the activity of issuing
TC 3.1.1RRP
1A firm must make appropriate records to demonstrate compliance with the rules in this sourcebook and keep them for the following periods after an employee stops carrying on the activity:(1) at least 5 years for MiFID business;(2) 3 years for non-MiFID business; and(3) indefinitely for a pension transfer specialist.