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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  • The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COBFS)
    The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is Scotland’s prosecution service, headed by the Lord Advocate. COPFS is a department of the Scottish Government and deals with a variety of cases, including financial crimes.
  • The Money Advice Service (MAS)
    Government body which promotes consumer financial education. Repalced the Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) in April 2011.
  • The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
    The Authority for the Financial Markets supervises the financial markets and decides on the admission of financial enterprises to those markets. This supervision focuses on orderly and transparent financial market processes, integrity in relations between market parties and due care in the provision of services to clients.
  • Transaction Reporting User Pack TRUP
    Transaction Reporting User Pack
  • Treasury Select Committee (TSC)
    House of Commons select committee that scrutinises the work of HMT, HMRC, the FSA, the Bank of England, and other related public bodies.
  • Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol)
    Non-ministerial government department that provides in-house legal services to a wide range of other departments.
  • Treating Customers Fairly TCF
    Treating Customers Fairly
  • Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
    The Treaty which consolidates all other previous EU treaties, 1958-2009, in establishing the constitutional basis for the EU.
  • UK Chinese Bankers Association (UKCBA)*
    Set up in November 2010, the UK Chinese Bankers Association is the leading trade association that represents leading Chinese and Southeast Asian banks from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand with UK operations.
  • Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS)
    The Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directives (1985-2014) created a new form of retail investment fund; these funds are also known as UCITS. UCITS funds are subject to stringent rules as to their activities, investments, and governance, but in return can be marketed across EU Member States on a 'UCITS passport'.