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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  • Slovenian Investment Fund Association (Združenje družb za upravljanje investicijskih skladov) (ZDU)
    Association that represents the collective interests of its members and offers arbitration for disputes arising between investors and investment funds.
  • Societe de Participations Financieres SOPARFI
    Société de Participations Financières
  • Societe en Commandite par Actions SCA
    Société en Commandite par Actions
  • Solo regulated firm
    Firms governed only by the FCA.
  • Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR)
    the amount of capital that would enable an insurer to absorb significant unforeseen losses over a specified time horizon and still give assurance to policyholders that payments will be made as they fall due.
  • Solvency II
    Solvency II Directive 2009/138/EC
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF)
    Investment fund that is owned by a country, often one seeking to invest money from commodities (especially oil)
  • Spanish Data Protection Agency (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos)
    Ensures compliance with data protection legislation in particular regarding the rights of information, access, opposition and cancellation of personal data.
  • Special Administrative Regime SAR
    Special Administrative Regime
  • Specialised Investment Fund SIF
    Specialised Investment Fund