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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  • Central Repository (CEREP)
    Set up by ESMA to publish performance statistics on Credit Rating Agencies.
  • Central Securities Depositary CSD
    Central Securities Depositary
  • Central Securities Depositary Regulation CSDR
    Central Securities Depositary Regulation
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
    Distributed network of economists which carries out research in order to enhance economic policy-making in Europe.
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    Senior manager responsible for monitoring the financial performance of a company, managing financial risks, financial planning, cash-flow monitoring, etc.
  • Chief Risk Officer (CRO) / Chief Risk Management Officer (CRMO)
    Corporate executive responsible for the management of risks.
  • Child Trust Fund (CTF)*
    Tax-free savings account for children born between September 2002 and January 2011 to parents in receipt of child benefit. CTFs are subject to an annual limit on how much can be invested, and cannot be accessed until the child turns 18.
  • Child Trust Funds CTFs
    Child Trust Funds
  • City of London Law Society (CLLS)*
    Professional association for solicitors practising in the City of London.
  • Client Assets Sourcebook (CASS)*
    Sourcebook within the FCA Handbook containing detailed rules and guidance on the protection of client assets and money.