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Our Policy

Our guiding principles

  • Markets exist to serve savers and those raising money, and the costs of bringing them together should be kept to a minimum.
  • Government and regulatory policy should put the interests of savers and investors before those of market intermediaries.
  • Regulation should keep investors’ money safe in a way that’s easy to understand and simple to implement.
  • Customers should be informed clearly and accurately about how their money is being invested, what it is costing them and what the risks are. They should not be told that they can receive higher returns without taking on higher risks.
  • Conflicts of interest should be managed in the best interests of customers. Also, innovations should be made only if they will directly benefit customers.

Having our say

Many of our policy positions are set out in our responses to consultations by the government, regulators, the European Commission and others.

We also regularly give evidence at parliamentary inquiries, as well as briefing MPs and peers on legislation and policy issues.

Latest consultations

Following a public consultation in 2013, we have issued a revised Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for the financial statements of UK-authorised funds.

The Investment Association has launched a consultation on how to accommodate the increasing number of outcome-focused funds. While still comparatively small in asset terms (£30bn; 3.3% of total industry funds under management), there are now nearly 200 funds with an outcome focus in the Unclassified sector. All interested parties are invited to take part in the consultation and respond by 2 April 2015.