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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  • Significant Institution (SIs)
    Euro area banks that fulfil atleast one of the significance criteria specified in the SSM Regulation. The significance criteria relate to, among other things, a bank’s size, its importance to the economy of a specific euro area country or the EU as a whole, and the significance of its cross-border activities.
  • Single Customer View (SCV)*
    Data that a deposit-taker must provide to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in order to allow for the reimbursement of insured deposit holders as soon as possible.
  • Single Resolution Board SRB
    Single Resolution Board
  • Single Resolution Fund SRF
    Single Resolution Fund
  • Single Resolution Mechanism SRM
    Single Resolution Mechanism
  • Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM)
    The legal arrangement whereby the European Central Bank (ECB) has ultimate responsibility for the prudential regulation of eurozone banks (in practice, the ECB will directly supervise only larger institutions, and will delegate the rest to national regulators). Part of the EU Banking Union, along with the Single Resolution Mechanism.
  • SiS
    Simple Investment Companies (Società di Investimento Semplice or Simple Investment Company ("SiS")
  • SIX Exchange Regulation [Switzerland]
    This is a private law organisation in Switzerland which is supervised by FINMA and the main listing authority in Switzerland.
  • Slovenian Bank Association (Združenje bank Slovenije) (ZBS)
    This association represents the collective interests of its members. It also provides a code of conduct for banks and a dispute solving mechanism for disputes between banks and consumers.
  • Slovenian Insurance Association (Slovensko zavarovalno združenje) (SZZ)
    This association represents the collective and individual interests of its members and carries out tasks prescribed by Slovenian regulations and international agreements. It also licenses insurance agents and provides a code of conduct for insurance companies with appropriate dispute solving mechanisms.