New MAR website available

The Financial Supervisory Authority has launched a new website containing information on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), together with practical instructions. The website content will be built up gradually in the course of spring and summer 2016. On the website, we also make available a test form in English designed for the notification of managers’ transactions. It will enable you to make a test notification to the FIN-FSA before the application of MAR begins. The equivalent MAR sites in English will be launched at a later date. Read more (in Finnish)

Position of banking and employee pension insurance sectors as at 31 December 2015

​Banks need to prepare for the impact of Finland’s weak economic growth and an exceptionally challenging market environment on their earnings capacity. In addition, the low level of interest rates and uncertainties in the investment market mean that participants in the employee pension insurance sector need to conduct ongoing assessments of acceptable risk levels relative to solvency and return targets. Read more

​Banks, insurance companies or other companies operating in the sector must identify their customers prior to commencement of the customer relationship. In addition, a customer must be identified and his/her identity verified if the underlying business transaction deviates from the ordinary or the service provider is suspicious of the origin or use of the funds. A customer must also be identified if the service provider suspects the veracity of previously obtained customer due diligence data. Enhanced customer due diligence requirements need to be complied with if the customer is a politically exposed person or a family member or close associate of such a person.

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