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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between FCA registered and FCA authorised?

The difference between FCA registered and FCA authorised is whether the company passed the rigorous testing process and was approved. Some ill actors in the industry claim to be “FCA registered” which does not mean that they have complied with the FCA regulations, it simply means that they applied for it.

What should an applicant firm consider before submitting an FCA application?

Below are some key points that an applicant firm should consider before submitting an application to the FCA’s Connect online platform: The regulated activities a firm can apply for are set out in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (SI 2001/544 (“RAO”).

How do I find out if a firm is authorised?

You can also search for certain investment exchanges. The Register shows whether a firm you are using, or plan to use, is authorised or registered by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and/or the FCA, or is exempt. You can also find out if a consumer credit firm has interim permission.

How do I pay the FCA fee?

The FCA fee is paid using a credit or debit card via the FCA Connect platform before submitting the application. You will not be able to submit an application without paying the fee and the fee is non-refundable. The authorisation application fee is a one-off.

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