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The guidance library contains the FMA’s guidance notes, information sheets, guides and other reference material. 

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    2 December 2019

    Exemptions: Financial Advisers Act 2008

    The Guidance note explains the approach of the Financial Markets Authority (the FMA) to granting exemptions under the Financial Advisers Act 2008. It is intended to provide answers to commonly asked questions in relation to exemptions and to provide information to potential applicants on the process for making an application. The guidance note is for: Financial Advisers QFEs Legal Counsel Auditors Senior Executives Supervisors Trustees Risk Officers Compliance Officers Company Directors


    1 October 2019

    Who will need a licence to provide financial advice?

    Who will need a licence to provide financial advice? The changes to how we regulate financial advice in New Zealand mean only those operating under licensed financial advice providers can give advice to retail clients. This advice can be provided in various ways, including directly through online facilities such as digital advice, or through financial advisers or nominated representatives. If you’re currently an authorised or registered financial adviser, you can choose whether you would like your business to become a licensed financial advice provider or if you would rather work on behalf of someone else who holds a licence.


    • AML/CFT

    26 July 2019

    AML/CFT customer due diligence: sole traders and partnerships

    Businesses can take many forms and may vary in size and complexity. The AML/CFT customer due diligence: sole traders and partnerships fact sheet focuses on the three business types - Sole trader, partnership and limited partnership. The fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the beneficial ownership guideline.


    • Corporate governance
    • Crowdfunding
    • DIMS
    • Financial advice
    • Managed investments
    • P2P lending
    • Supervisors

    11 July 2019

    Cyber-resilience in FMA-regulated financial services

    Cyber-resilience in FMA-regulated financial services report summarises the findings of our thematic review of cyber-resilience in New Zealand financial services and provides guidance for firms in areas where we have identified the need for improvement. It will be useful for our regulated sectors, to help ensure they comply with our expectations and best practice.