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The financial services industry has become increasingly regulated over the years, resulting in a multitude of legislative requirements that financial services providers (FSPs) are required to meet. As a registered compliance company that interacts with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) on all industry matters, we assist independent financial advisors (IFAs) and larger FSPs to anticipate and meet these regulatory requirements. Focusing on process, quality and consistency, our goal is not only for our clients to attain full compliance and remain compliant into the future, but also to prosper.

This is achieved through our unique integrated risk management solution where we help clients focus on and improve in the fundamental areas of compliance and overall risk management. Running a successful and compliant business is therefore not just about excelling in one area of the business, but about the smooth integration and optimal running of key operational areas too.

Find out how we assist FSPs with compliance monitoring.

We also believe it is not regulation that will put financial advisors out of business, but rather the inability to adapt to change. Recognising this has shaped the way we deliver our services. We therefore don’t only look at current regulatory responsibilities (such as Treating Customers Fairly, FAIS and FICA), but also impending changes (such as the Retail Distribution Review) and provide practical assistance to ease financial advisors into the new regulatory world well ahead of time.


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This seal provides consumers with peace of mind, knowing that the accredited independent financial advisor (IFA) who displays this seal has been evaluated on the regulatory requirements set out by the Financial Services Board, and has achieved an excellent standard of compliance.

Accreditation is re-evaluated every year and use of the seal is only renewed if the IFA maintains his/her high standard of compliance.

The seal provides consumers with a quick way to check if they are dealing with an IFA who conforms to regulatory requirements and, in this way, provides a level of assurance.


Key Individual Responsibilities Seminar – Understanding Your Role And Obligations

Posted on 21 February 2019

Key Individuals’ role is to ensure that the FSP has policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance. Because of this, KI’s should make sure that they fully understand what it means to manage and oversee an FSP. Find out more about this KI Seminar  ...

Masthead Masterclass helps advisors prepare for the future

Posted on 23 August 2018

Independent financial advisors (IFAs) need to be fully committed to their businesses and not just involved, if they want to succeed in the increasingly regulated environment of the future, Ian Middleton, MD of Masthead, told more than 1 000 IFAs at the recent Masthead Masterclass ...

Categorising Investment Advisors within an RDR Framework

Posted on 26 July 2018

The FSCA published a discussion document on investment related matters in June 2018 and has asked industry for input in response to their thinking ...

Additional requirements that FSPs, KIs and Reps need to meet to be in good standing

Posted on 1 February 2018

It has long been a requirement that FSPs, KIs and Reps must meet fit and proper requirements, specifically relating to honesty and integrity. This is over and above the requirements relating to competence, operational ability, and financial soundness. However, in terms of ...

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Medical Schemes Accounting Guide 2018

Health - 12 March 2019

Circular 20 of 2019: SAICA Medical Schemes Accounting Guide published

Health - 12 March 2019

Circular 18 of 2019: Status update on the Demarcation Regulations and the development of a Low-Cost Benefit Package

Health - 7 March 2019

Consultation Paper relating to the commencement of section 31 of the FICA, and Draft Regulations, and the Amendment of Regulations iro Cash Threshold Reporting and Aggregation

FIC - 1 March 2019

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A national supplier of risk management services to independent financial advisors and other licensed financial service providers (FSPs). Established in 2004, we help our clients overcome their risk management challenges so they can grow and thrive in an increasingly regulated industry. Providing professional guidance and practical support, our team of specialists is passionately committed to delivering tangible solutions.

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