About us - Financial Conduct Authority

About us

We aim to make sure that financial markets work well so that consumers get a fair deal.

This means ensuring that:

  • the financial industry is run with integrity
  • firms provide consumers with appropriate products and services
  • consumers can trust that firms have their best interests at heart

We regulate over 56,000 firms – and for many of these we also consider whether they meet prudential standards that reduce the potential harm to the industry and consumers if they fail.

See our Business Plan 2016/17 and Annual Report 2014/15.

How we are funded

We are funded entirely by the firms that we regulate, through charging them fees to carry out their financial activities. How much they pay is determined by what type of business they are and what activities they carry out.

We are accountable to the Treasury – which is responsible for the UK’s financial system – and Parliament. However, we’re an independent body and we do not receive any funding from the Government.

Find out more about our fees

Find out more about the Financial Conduct Authority

What we do

We want consumers to be able to trust that the firms we regulate have their best interests at heart by providing them with appropriate products and services.

How we operate

Accountability and transparency

How we are structured

More about our management structure