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

To do this we regulate the conduct of over 50,000 businesses – 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 2014/15 and Annual Report 2013/14.

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.

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What we do

We regulate the financial services industry in the UK. Our aim is to protect consumers, ensure our industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers. We have rule-making, investigative and enforcement powers that we use to protect and regulate the financial services industry. We are fair and principled in our approach to regulation.

Why we do it

Our aims when regulating firms

How we are governed

Accountability and transparency

Our structure

More about our management structure

How we are funded

Who pays for our work?

Our aims

Making markets work well to get consumers a fair deal

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How the FCA is funded

The FCA does not receive any funding from the government. We are funded entirely by the financial services firms we regulate.

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Find out what we do to ensure consumers get a fair deal, how we regulate financial advisers and why we expect firms to train their staff well.

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