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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  • Value at risk (VAR)
    A measurement of risk, especially of commodities, based on statistical trends
  • Wealth Management Association (WMA)*
    Trade body representing stockbrokers, wealth management firms, and the private client investment industry. Formerly the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS).