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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  • Association of Stock Exchange Members (Združenje članov borze vrednostnih papirjev - GIZ)
    Trade association representing the collective interests of brokerage companies and banks that provide brokerage services in Slovenia. It also licenses stock brokers and provides a code of ethics for stock brokers with appropriate dispute solving mechanisms.
  • Austrian National Bank (ONB / Oesterreichische Nationalbank)
    The Oesterreichische Nationalbank monitors the stability of the Austrian financial market at macro level. It is responsible for the supervision of payment systems, is involved in the supervision of banks, manages reserve assets (ie gold and foreign exchange holdings), draws up economic analyses and compiles statistical data.
  • Authorised Corporate Director (ACD)*
    The corporate director of an Open-Ended Investment Company, authorised by the FCA under FSMA and responsible for the operation of the OEIC.
  • Authorised Fund Manager (AFM)
    An Authorised Corporate Director (ACD), an Authorised Unit Trust manager, or an authorised contractual scheme manager.
  • Authorised Unit Trust Scheme (AUT)*
    A unit trust authorised by the FCA under FSMA. This is one of the legal forms that a collective investment scheme can take in the UK. A UK unit trust must be authorised in order to be offered to the general public.
  • Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
    International organisation for central banks
  • Banking Conduct of Business Sourcebook (BCOBS)*
    Sourcebook within the FCA Handbook, containing rules and guidance on conduct of business rules (e.g. on financial promotions and customer communications) for banks.
  • Bank Insolvency Procedure (BIP)*
    One of the tools available under the Special Resolution Regime for winding up a bank.
  • Bank of England (BoE)*
    Central bank for the United Kingdom, which controls UK monetary policy, and has responsibility for macroprudential regulation (via the Financial Policy Committee) and microprudential regulation (via the PRA).
  • Bank of France
    Monitors and regulates the French banking market.