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The United Kingdom - FCA

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The Financial Conduct Authority is the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms.

Enhancing market integrity

We aim to support and empower a healthy and successful financial system, where firms can thrive and consumers can place their trust in transparent and open markets.

International standards and regulations

A large part of our work is to implement, supervise and enforce EU and international standards and regulations in the UK.

Promoting competition

When competition works well, consumers are empowered as well as informed. They can make sense of the information they receive and can take their business elsewhere if they are not happy. In turn, firms strive to win customers on the basis of service, quality, price and innovation. This helps generate better outcomes for consumers. Markets are open to entry and innovation, and successful, innovative firms thrive, while unsuccessful firms change or exit.

Protecting consumers

We act to ensure firms have their consumers at the heart of how they do business, give them appropriate products and services, and put their protection above the firms' own profits or income. We monitor which firms and individuals are able to enter the financial markets, making sure they meet our standards before we authorise them. We supervise how firms work and can stop those that don't meet our standards from carrying out the activities we regulate.

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