On July 14, 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority launched a consultation on proposed rules requiring information to be provided to customers by a non-ring-fenced body. The FCA is proposing that a NRFB be required to provide information about its investment and commodities trading activities to individuals with financial assets of at least £250,000 who are account holders or who have applied to open an account. The information is intended to inform customers of the implication of banking with a NRFB entity in a group which includes a ring-fenced bank. The ring-fencing regime is set to apply from January 1, 2019. The FCA’s proposed rules would require a NRFB to provide the information in good time before the regime enters force. A NRFB will also be required to publish the information on its website. Responses to the FCA consultation are due by November 13, 2015. The FCA intends to publish final rules in Q1 2016.

The FCA’s consultation paper is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/consultation-papers/cp15-23.pdf.