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KiwiSaver report published


The 2017 KiwiSaver Annual Report outlines the continued growth of KiwiSaver, as well as our push to make sure members have the resources for making the best decisions about their investment.



No rest for the wicked - or the well-behaved

Rob Everett, Chief Executive, FMA



Heading into summer we’re running at high capacity, working on achieving the activities set out in our Annual Corporate Plan 2017/18.

We’re conscious this work has flow-on effects for industry, in terms of a lot of material to absorb, and various consultations to keep track of.

We try to stagger our requests for input or information. We also welcome your feedback on how we can improve the way we structure our communications to market. But we’re also conscious the work we are doing has purpose and effect. A good example of this is what we’re doing under our capital market growth and integrity strategic priority. We want to raise standards of conduct, while also contributing to the development, growth and health of our markets.

Currently in this area our focus is on:

  • our guidance on conduct for trading the Bank Bill Benchmark Rate
  • engaging with fund managers and brokers about learnings from our recent court proceedings on market manipulation
  • finalising our position about online robo-advice
  • working with the financial advice sector to prepare them for the upcoming legislative changes to the Financial Advisers Act.

While we implement the work signposted in our corporate plan, we also want to keep sight of our longer-term goals. We’re having strategy sessions with our board and executive team about these.


The other thing you tell us is where else you think we should be focusing our efforts. We welcome your comments, and we are currently working on our position in some of these areas. When you have time to lift your heads – watch this space for further updates.


Rob Everett

Chief Executive

Bank Bill Benchmark Rate (BKBM) and closing rates guidance

To raise awareness about how BKBM and closing rates calculations and related controls, we have published a resource sheet for bank staff and finance teams. Alongside this we released industry guidance setting out our expectations around conduct for this type of wholesale trading.


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Exemption and designation news



Market index exemption

Submissions on this consultation raised a number of questions, so we are currently reviewing our proposals and aim to announce our decision in November.




Exemption extension for AFAs providing DIMS

We are extending the exemption for those offering financial products through AFAs providing DIMS until the new financial services regime is in place.




Financial advisers (non-NZX Brokers Client Money) exemption RIS published

See our regulatory impact statement (RIS) that provides an analysis of the options we considered before granting this exemption.



Proposed exemption extensions



We would like your feedback about the proposals below. Email us your questions or comments to by Monday 30 October 2017.


Financial Advisers Act 2008


We propose extending the following exemptions until legislative changes in the Financial Services Legislative Amendment Bill (FSLAB) come into effect. As details about the new financial adviser regime develop, we will consider if similar exemptions are necessary and appropriate for the future.


Financial Market Conduct Act 2013


Exemption revocations
Legislative notices granted


The following exemption notices will be revoked:




Granted legislative notices:

  • Forward foreign exchange contracts designation: We issued a designation declaring that short duration forward foreign exchange contracts that are physically settled within three working days are not derivatives under the FMC Act. A copy of the notice and a submissions report are now available on our website.
  • Multiple-participant scheme exemption: We have published an exemption to make managers of multiple-participant schemes exempt from having to register participation agreements on the Disclose Register.


What’s coming up?

Get a heads up on what we’re releasing soon

Robo-advice exemption decision

We will announce our decision on a proposed exemption to facilitate personalised robo-advice later this month. This will include what we heard from submitters and what will happen next.


Crypto-currencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) guidance

We will shortly be releasing guidance to help you understand your legal obligations if you’re planning to offer initial coin offerings or other crypto-currency services to New Zealanders. We will also publish information to help consumers understand the risks of investing in crypto-currencies. Given the bespoke nature of crypto-currencies, we welcome industry engagement and are happy to discuss requirements with providers on an individual basis.


Audit Quality Monitoring Report 2017

A summary of our findings from this year’s audit quality reviews will be published in November, along with guidance on how company directors can contribute to high-quality audits.


We’re hiring

Join a vibrant and dynamic team that embraces work-life balance, a commitment to employee well-being, and opportunities for learning and development.  Check our website to find out more.


FMA news

11 October - FMA files insider trading charges


11 October - Bank Bill Benchmark Rate guidance and overview published by FMA


5 October - KiwiSaver continues to grow - FMA continues to push providers on customer engagement


2 OctoberFMA welcomes World Investor Week and urges investors to use a licensed provider


27 September - FMA publishes annual report 2017


22 SeptemberFMA toughens approach to misuse of FSPR

Industry insights

Machine Learning for Investors: A Primer - Alpha Architect



Token bubble about to burst? What you need to know about Initial Coin Offerings - CIO



Visualizing risk, return, and time - Daniel P. Egan


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