Jargon buster

This is a straightforward, non-technical guide to the often-confusing jargon used in financial services regulation. It aims to give a set of basic definitions, in plain language, for a wide range of acronyms, products, and terms as used in RegZone reports. It is designed to be suitable for non-lawyers, and comprehensible without too much prior knowledge or cross-referencing.

*entries marked with an asterisk refer to the UK only

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  • Advanced Risk Response Operating Framework (ARROW)*
    FSA process for assessing and dealing with risk under the pre-1 April 2013 regime.
  • Agency for the Co-Operation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
    An agency that fosters co-operation between EU national energy regulatory authorities and monitors the functioning of the internal market.
  • Alternative Investment Fund (AIF)
    An AIF is defined in the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) as “any collective investment undertaking,…, which raises capital from a number of investors with a view to investing it in accordance with a defined investment policy for the benefit of those investors and which does not require authorisation pursuant to the UCITS Directive”
  • Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)
    Directive 2011/61/EU, creating a harmonised regulatory and supervisory framework for alternative investment fund managers
  • Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
    International trade body representing hedge fund and other Alternative Investment Fund Managers.
  • American Financial Services Association (AFSA)
    The national trade association for the US consumer credit industry. Members include vehicle finance & leasing companies, credit card issuers and consumer finance companies.
  • Asset Backed Security (ABS)
    A security whose income is derived from underlying assets, such as loans or receivables, which also serve as collateral.
  • Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA)*
    Trade association representing the invoice finance and asset-based lending industry in the UK and Ireland.
  • Assets Under Management AUM
    Assets Under Management
  • Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)
    Association representing Europe's wholesale financial markets; result of merger between SIFMA & LIBA