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The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of financial centres globally.

Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, we now have more than 40,000 members in 110 countries. In the past year, we set almost 37,000 examinations in 74 countries, covering a range of vocational qualifications.





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CISI exam candidates globally achieve outstanding results

Results published today show that Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) exam candidates globally have achieved some excellent results in the June sitting of the CISI’s most senior examinations.

The results, which are published in today’s Financial Times, include excellent performances from this cohort in Portfolio Construction Theory and Applied Wealth Management, both with a pass rate of 79%. These two units, together with Financial markets, comprise the CISI’s pinnacle of professional qualifications, the Chartered Wealth Manager.

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CISI Educational Trust awards £45,000 three year sponsorship deal to Stewart Ivory

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Educational Trust has awarded its largest grant of £45,000 as part of a three year sponsorship to the Stewart Ivory Financial Educational Programme (SIFEP).

The SIFEP provides financial education to school leavers throughout Scotland, from the Borders to The Shetlands, and in the last academic year their Financial Education Officers (FEOs) visited 223 schools and spoke to around 15,000 students, with over 800 separate sessions.

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Get your nominations in for the CISI Outstanding Compliance and Outstanding Risk Professional 2014 Awards

Just four weeks to go before the 12 September deadline for nominations for the CISI Outstanding Compliance Professional 2014 and Outstanding Risk Professional 2014.

The CISI is looking for professionals who have shown outstanding achievements and qualities in their respective areas.

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Brewin’s Richard Morley, Chartered FCSI, elected new CISI Manchester President

Richard Morley, Chartered FCSI, divisional director at Brewin Dolphin, has been elected President of the Manchester and District branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

The Institute has a strong regional presence in the UK. As committee president, Richard will take charge of supporting the continuing professional development of members in the region and promote high ethical standards across the financial services industry.

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A-Level Results Day – Going to Uni or Not Going to Uni?

For those who have received their A level results the CISI is here to help whether you achieved the results you were hoping for or didn’t receive the results you wanted.

If you are going to University, now is a good time to think about choosing one of the UK universities which have partnered with the CISI as it means they are offering programmes that are already focussing on good jobs after university.

For those who are not going to university there are plenty of options available, you may for example want to take a Gap Year and apply to university next year, having gained some valuable work experience. Another alternative is to seek permanent work with a firm that can offer structured training such as Apprenticeships.

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Live Webinar: What the future holds for Scotland post-referendum - your chance to give your views

The Evening Standard’s Anthony Hilton, Financial Commentator of the Year, will be in Aberdeen the weekend before September’s referendum to interview Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.

On Tuesday 16 September, Hilton will be back in the City to address a live breakfast-time webcast, 08:00 – 09:00 BST *07:00 - 08:00 GMT, giving his trenchant views on Scotland’s financial future, whichever road, high or low, Scotland’s voters decide to take. Please join us, with colleagues if you’d like, on your desktop or mobile devices, to give your views and comments – and to vote online – on what you think the future holds for Scotland post-referendum.

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Isle of Man regulator approves CISI to issue SPSs

The CISI is pleased to welcome the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission announcement of CISI’s agreement to be an accredited body issuing Statements of Professional Standing (“SPS”).

This means that CISI will be one of the recognised professional bodies which is authorised to issue SPSs to financial advisers who provide financial advice to retail clients on the Island.

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New Professional Refresher module released: Retail investment products

As a result of the Retail Distribution Review, a wide-ranging evaluation of the retail investment market was carried out by the FCA which introduced a new, broader definition of ‘retail investment products’.

Professional Refresher is an online learning system which allows self-administered testing on a variety of topics, including modules on the latest regulatory changes.

Members can read more via the online S&I Review
Carillion plc awarded the Investing in Integrity Charter Mark

Investing in Integrity (IiI) is proud to announce that Carillion plc has achieved the Investing in Integrity chartermark as a result of successful completion of the rigorous IiI accreditation process.

Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a Charter Mark, founded in 2012, and designed to enable an organisation to reassure its key stakeholders that its business can demonstrate a commitment to act with integrity at all times. IiI is available to organisations of all types and sizes.

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Shaping the Future for Apprentices in Financial Services

Trailblazer puts employers firmly in the driving seat in the creation of new style Apprenticeships. We are creating the first one of these for our sector and are keen to get your input.

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CISI August - December 2014 CPD events programme is now available

The CISI is pleased to announce its August - December 2014 CPD events programme is now available. This edition highlights many of the topical CPD opportunities available to members and non-members of the Institute.

Highlights Include:

• The Annual Integrity Debate: Do UK savers and investors get a fair deal? Debated by an impressive line-up of speakers including Richard Charnock, Chartered FCSI, CEO, Standard Life Wealth; Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Former BBC Economics Editor; Will Hutton, Author and Financial Commentator; Martin Waller, 'Tempus', The Times; Dr Tim May MCSI, CEO, Wealth Management Association (WMA) and The Rt Hon John Redwood MP MCSI
• The Corporate Finance Forum’s interview with Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive, the FCA
• Two new full-day courses, Training & Competence Health-Check & Review and Market Abuse Directive & 4th Money Laundering Directive
• Guernsey’s 8th Annual Investment Briefing, a free half-day conference focusing on investing in times of low, but increasing, interest rates
• The Sir Thomas Gresham docklands lecture: Financial markets after the crisis – more Europe or less? (held in partnership with Gresham College)

To view the full programme, visit the CISI events calendar or download our events app.
Lydia Romero appointed CISI Director of Learning

The CISI has appointed Lydia Romero as its new Director of Learning. Lydia joins the CISI in September from BPP University London where she was Head of Programmes at BPP Business School.

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ICAEW and CISI launch Diploma in Corporate Finance in Cyprus

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) and the CISI have launched a Diploma in Corporate Finance. The only specialist diploma of its kind, the qualification will be delivered by the Cyprus International Institute of Management and is aimed at establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional skill and care in all corporate finance transactions.

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The July edition of Change - the regulatory update is now available. Read online via MyCISI

This month's edition includes a short Senior Management Information dashboard, split between changes relevant to all firms and further sections on retail, wholesale and banking.

A senior compliance practitioner talks about what is on her desk while further highlights include news from the CISI's Compliance Forum and European Regulation Interest Group and a feature article upon whether and how the regulators can keep up with technical developments.

Members can read online
Senior stockbroking figures made life members of leading professional body

Ramsey Crookall & Co. Chairman Neal Crookall and Dursley Stott, a consultant to Ramsey Crookall, received the CISI life membership in acknowledgement of their long-standing membership of the organisation and distinguished careers.

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CaixaBank reach an agreement with the University Pompeu Fabra and the CISI to certify the training of 5,000 directors and personal banking managers

CaixaBank, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the CISI have signed an agreement whereby both institutions will certify the Financial Advice training of directors and personal banking managers of CaixaBank.

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI and CISI CEO, said: "We are delighted to work with CaixaBank and UPF Barcelona School of Management in this important and innovative project that demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity."

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Mark Symons Chartered FCSI appointed President of CISI Guernsey Branch

Mark Symons, Chartered Fellow of the CISI has been appointed President of the CISI Guernsey Branch. Mark has been working with Kleinwort Benson for 22 years and is Head of Custodian Trustee. He has 27 years experience in financial services.

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PISA financial literacy global study exposes HM Treasury on missed bank accounts for 16 year olds opportunity

One of the key findings of the new OECD PISA study results, looking at global financial literacy levels of 500,000 15 year olds across 18 countries, confirms those students having their own bank accounts do better in financial literacy.

The CISI started campaigning on this issue back in 2012 with HM Treasury.

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Celebrities add spice to CISI branch dinners

Kevin Keegan OBE addressed 180 guests at the Liverpool & North Wales branch dinner. At the dinner, an update was given about the CISI Educational Trust’s sponsorship of a teaching post at Archbishop Beck Catholic College in Liverpool to enable local students to study for the CISI Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment (equivalent to a full A-level).

Members can read more via the online S&I Review
The CISI is pleased to introduce a new CPD Training course: Training and Competence Healthcheck and Review

This workshop has been designed for individuals who are responsible for managing competence and professionalism within their firms. It provides an update on the regulatory Training and Competence and Approved Persons requirements, along with an opportunity to identify current good practice and to review their firm’s arrangements in a neutral and independent environment.

The contents of the workshop provides a technical induction to those new to competence and professionalism responsibilities and a specialist CPD proposition for those with experience in the role.

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One week to go until the CISI Financial Regulation Summit 2014 - Wednesday 9 July 2014

Attend the CISI's Financial Regulation Summit to ensure your firm does not fall short of the new compliance and regulatory changes and discover how your firm can implement best practices. A speaker line-up representing the elite of the compliance world will impart their knowledge and experience on the latest strategies for running an efficient compliance department.

To find out more about this event and view the agenda, visit cisi.org/summit - CISI members can enjoy a 50% discount.

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Adam Jarvis Chartered FCSI appointed President of CISI South Coast branch

Adam works with Brewin Dolphin as a Divisional Director within their new Bournemouth office, where he is an Investment Manager. Adam began his career in investment management in 2005 after graduating with an Honours Degree in Financial Services.

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Highlights of the CISI Annual Conference 2014

The CISI Annual Conference returned this year on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at the Grange St Pauls Hotel, London. Over 200 investment professionals and high-level industry speakers came together to explore the role of wealth management in supporting global economic growth. As promised the conference was bigger than ever, generating some captivating discussions.

Representatives from Barclays Wealth Management, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Deutsche Bank AG, Quilter Cheviot, Royal Bank of Canada, amongst many others, attended the event.

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Have your say on Professional Ethics

The CISI prides itself for the work it undertakes in ethics and integrity throughout the financial services sector. As part of this we would like to ask your participation in a Professional Ethics Questionnaire, which will take no longer than 5 minutes.

By taking part you will be supporting a doctoral dissertation and will also shape ethical training programmes that the Institute runs. As a thank you, we will be donating £1 to Help for Heroes and £1 to Medecins sans Frontieres for each response.

Take the Professional Ethics Questionnaire
Dirk Strontschak MCSI appointed President of CISI Liverpool and North Wales branch

Dirk works with SL Investment Management where he is Fund Manager. He is responsible for the day to day management of SL’s Fund Management Team, covering all aspects from portfolio and risk management to client reporting.

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CYSEC and CISI present new certification framework

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission in collaboration with the CISI and the Cyprus International Institute of Management – CIIM presented the new framework on the certification of persons who are or would like to be employed in Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs), Credit Institutions in relation to the provision of investment services, Management Companies and Investment Companies of Variable Capital.

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Fitch Learning awarded Premier Provider status

Fitch Learning and the CISI are pleased to announce that Fitch Learning has been awarded Premier Provider Status by the CISI. Fitch Learning is currently the only Accredited Training Provider (ATP) to meet the designatory criteria for this global designation.

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Economy might be growing but public confidence in UK’s prospects is not, says CISI survey

While the UK economy is growing, public confidence in the country’s prospects is not, a CISI survey shows. Of 600 respondents to an online survey, 60% said they were more optimistic for the country’s prospects than three months ago.

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CISI response to Lambert Banking Standards Review Council final report

The CISI welcomes the final report by Sir Richard Lambert on Professional Standards and the creation of a Banking Standards Review Council (BSRC) which will focus on conduct. We applaud the encouragement for individuals to take professional qualifications at all levels, and the focus on continuing professional development (CPD).

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Parents, Teachers and Young People’s Attitudes to Financial Services

Young people’s low opinion of financial services as a career is being influenced by a generation of teachers and parents whose lack of understanding of the sector has possibly been shaped by their own poor levels of numeracy and fear of numbers, according to a survey.

The CISI asked YouGov to survey parents, teachers and young people’s attitudes towards the financial services profession.

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Eleven elite MSc students win CISI Educational Trust Awards 2014

The CISI is delighted to announce the winners of its Education Trust Awards 2014.

The CISI Educational Trust Awards is open to students studying postgraduate finance programmes, which are accredited by the CISI as Centres of Excellence, and seek to acknowledge high standards of work.

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The CISI releases a survey on Whistleblowing Policies

The CISI is endeavouring to gather some meaningful statistics measuring the experience of firms and their staff regarding whistleblowing policies within their own firms.

We would be extremely grateful if you could spend no more than 5 minutes completing this brief survey.

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New Module available on Professional Refresher: Banking Standards

The CISI is delighted to announce a brand new Professional Refresher module on Banking Standards.

Professional Refresher is a training solution to help financial practitioners remain up-to-date with industry developments, maintain regulatory compliance and demonstrate continuing learning. This popular online learning tool allows self-administered refresher testing on a variety of topics, including the latest regulatory changes.

Read more about Professional Refresher
CISI Managing Director Ruth Martin stepping down from role

The CISI Managing Director (MD), Ruth Martin, has given notice that she is stepping down from her role in January 2015, and plans to continue to support the CISI in a senior advisory capacity

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pfeg and CISI announce new partnership to help teachers deliver financial education in Citizenship lessons

Financial education charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) is to team up with the CISI to help those teaching and coordinating Citizenship education with the transition to the new National Curriculum for England.

The partnership will enable pfeg in conjunction with the CISI to produce and disseminate new guidance for teachers on how to deliver the new financial literacy requirements of the Citizenship programme of study, and successfully incorporate financial education into their Citizenship teaching.

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New CISI publication dedicated to research into wealth management, capital markets and banking

The CISI has announced the first edition of its new academic journal, Review of Financial Markets.

The 12-page journal will feature original blind peer-reviewed cutting-edge research and analysis related to wealth management, capital markets and banking and will be published quarterly in your membership magazine.

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Highest ever number of winners from overseas in CISI 2014 Awards

The global reach of the CISI was highlighted at its Annual Awards for top exam performers. Of 96 prizewinners honoured at a ceremony at Mansion House, London, a record 20 were from outside the UK, including from India, the UAE, Singapore, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, the Republic of Ireland and, for the first time, France.

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DFSA Launches Bawabaty - a Financial Services Awareness Initiative for the Local Community

Bawabaty’s inaugural event held at the DIFC Centre of Excellence today focused on ‘Integrity at Work’ and saw the DFSA partnering with the CISI

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The CISI launches a new Anti Money Laundering iPhone and iPad App

Available from the Apple App Store, it features a 15-question quiz to challenge practitioners' knowledge of the basic anti-money laundering rules, regulations and practices globally. So you think you know about... Anti Money Laundering. Do you know what to look for? Prove it!

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Exclusive CISI Webinar: The World’s Top Financial Centre

The next six-monthly Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), one of the key measures of the success of the world’s markets, will be published on Monday 17 March. London has topped the league for the past seven years, but now has New York and Singapore hot on its heels.

Be among the first to hear the results of this year's survey in this exclusive webinar for CISI members on the day the results are announced, live from London.

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The CISI announces new UK “Invest In Yourself” advertising campaign

The CISI is undertaking a new nationwide advertising campaign to include London, Glasgow and Leeds. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of CISI, its role within the financial services industry and the benefits of membership.

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CISI Jobs Online - great news for global financial services job seekers and employers

The CISI has launched its new online jobs board which will allow both CISI members and non-members globally to search for, and place, new jobs in the financial services industry.

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The CISI provides tips on finance for young people in Guernsey and Alderney

The CISI is helping young people in Guernsey and Alderney become careful savers, by distributing 1700 free copies of #yourmoney - a book of financial advice for 16-25 year olds

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The CISI awards India’s highest achievers

Kevin Moore, Chartered MCSI and CISI Director of Global Business Development, was in Hyderabad and Kolkata presenting awards to Indian based CISI candidates who achieved top scores in their respective CISI Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) as part of a reward and recognition program within the CISI’s strong supporting firms.

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CISI response to Sir Richard Lambert’s consultation paper on banking standards

The CISI welcomes Sir Richard Lambert’s consultation paper contained in his interim report.

While strongly supporting the need for the proposed professional standards board to be fully independent from the industry which it will oversee, we consider that this aim will be strengthened with an undertaking to produce an annual report that would detail the tangible achievements of the body and the industry. The report published by the US Securities & Exchange Commission Office of the Whistleblower might be taken as a useful model. (SIBM).

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NMIMS Mumbai team win CISI prizes at TRANSCEND management and cultural showcase

The CISI India staff were present at the TRANSCEND event recently held in Pune and organised by the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM).

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The CISI is pleased to announce the EMIR Challenge Webinar

The CISI is pleased to announce a free webinar to CISI members on Wednesday 19 February 2014: The EMIR Challenge Webinar – A Sea-Change in Derivatives Reporting. Just a week after the EMIR rules come into effect, our expert panel will discuss how your firm can tackle the recent changes to the structure of the derivatives market.

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Reducing UK’s national debt for 2014 should be priority, says CISI survey

Of 490 respondents, some 62% believe that putting the country’s finances into better shape is the number one task for the Chancellor.

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New Modules on Professional Refresher: UCISs & NMPIs and T&C Supervision Essentials

The CISI is delighted to announce two new modules on Professional Refresher: UCISs & NMPIs and T&C Supervision Essentials.

Professional Refresher is a training solution to help CISI members remain up-to-date with industry developments, maintain regulatory compliance and demonstrate continuing learning. This popular online learning tool allows self-administered refresher testing on a variety of topics, including the latest regulatory changes.

Professional Refresher Suite
CISI awards Singapore highest achievers

Top scoring Singapore candidates have recently been recognised for their achievements.

Kevin Moore, Chartered MCSI and CISI Director of Global Business Development, was in Singapore presenting awards to Singapore based CISI members who achieved top scores in their respective securities and investment examinations, as part of a Singapore national CISI Awards ceremony.

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Information Mosaic, Griffith College & CISI join forces to create innovative Diploma

In an Irish first, Griffith College has joined forces with Information Mosaic and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to create a new Diploma in Investment Operations and Compliance. The Diploma is designed to be a benchmark qualification for Investment Operations Professionals in all sectors of the industry as well as those who are aspiring to work in a Compliance role in the Investor Services Industry

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The CISI welcomes announcement made by Department of Education

The CISI welcomes the announcement from the Department of Education that both its A level and GCSE equivalent qualifications have been included in the national UK Performance Tables.

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Chris Clark MCSI appointed President of CISI Scotland branch

Chris is a member of the Investment Group Relationships team at Standard Life. He was previously in Standard Life’s Internal Audit department for six years.

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The CISI announces winners of its first annual Risk and Compliance Professional Awards 2013

Kerry Anyim, Head of Operational Risk, Schroders and Natalie Howman ACSI, Compliance Officer, Vartan & Son received their trophies from CISI Chairman Alan Yarrow, Chartered FCSI(Hon) at the CISI’s London annual dinner.

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Risk reward ratio has taxpayers picking up risk for little reward for start up SMEs? I’m out, says Simon Culhane, CISI CEO

In an article published in the latest edition of the CISI 40,000 member-strong monthly publication, Securities & Investment Review, Mr Culhane examines the Government’s effort to recognise the entrepreneurs’ dilemma of no track record, so no traditional source of finance, by creating the Start-Up Loans Company Ltd as a special source of finance for young (18-30) entrepreneurs.

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The CISI welcomes House of Lords vote to supporting creation of "licensing" regime for bankers

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI and CISI CEO said: “The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) welcomes the House of Lords Labour amendment yesterday to the Banking Reform Bill."

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Launch of New CPD Events App

The CISI is pleased to launch its brand new CPD Events App. Our new events app allows you to search, save and follow events in your city and provides you with up-to-date information on upcoming CPD seminars, courses, conferences and networking events.

The app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Setting the standard for a safer, more trusted financial services sector

Backing Market Forces , a report jointly commissioned by BSI, the UK National Standards Body, and the CISI argues that adopting voluntary standards, alongside regulation, could provide a ‘third way’ between self-regulation and over regulation from government.

See a summary of the report
The CISI and Casablanca Finance City announce deal to promote professionalism

Casablanca Finance City and the CISI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote global financial qualifications in Morocco and the region. The MoU also heralds the launch of two new CISI test centres – in Casablanca and Rabat.

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Take on an apprentice says Ruth Martin, Managing Director

The average debt for undergraduate students starting in 2012/13 is expected to be £53,000 upon graduation, according to a survey carried out on behalf of the Association of Investment Companies by Opinium. While many young people still consider undergraduate fees to be worthwhile, others are now considering alternative routes into employment and many are choosing an apprenticeship.

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Financial services practitioners feeling more optimistic about UK economy

Sixty one per cent (61%) of financial services practitioners feel more optimistic about the UK economy than three months ago, according to a recent CISI survey.

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The CISI and Financial University of Russia sign deal in Moscow

The CISI and the Financial University of Russia have signed an MoU to increase opportunities in professional development, qualifications recognition and industry standards between the two bodies.

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UK opens the conversation on the human capital challenge in Islamic Finance

Simply Sharia is delighted to announce the launch of its Islamic finance Report: The Human Capital Challenge 2013: Practitioner Insights at the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) next week.

See here for further information
The CISI Launches First Ever Arabic Version of its Entry Level Qualification Workbook

Good news for Arabic speakers across the globe who want to work in the international financial services sector: the CISI has just launched its first ever Arabic translation of its workbook supporting the entry level Fundamentals of Financial Services qualification.

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New bid to get budding executives into the financial sector

A new course that kick-starts finance careers in the City begins at east London’s largest further education college next month. Newham College students can start the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment’s (CISI) new Fundamentals of Financial Services course on Tuesday 5 November 2013.

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A lack of careers advice is leading to uninformed career choices, say leading professional bodies

The survey of 1200 14-19 year olds from across the UK looked at awareness of different careers and how much young people knew about professional occupations.

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Training & Competence Conference 2013

On Thursday 10 October 2013 the CISI hosted the annual Training & Competence Conference. Over 100 delegates attended from across the industry at America Square Conference Centre and heard why training and competence is one of the top priorities for the new regulator.

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Archbishop Welby is chasing a red herring in taking on payday lenders

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI, and CISI CEO welcomed today’s Which? Report on cleaning up credit, saying that Archbishop Justin Welby is chasing a red herring in taking on the payday lenders, when it is the banks who charge the most to borrow short term, low value money.

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The CISI holds its Annual Integrity Debate 2013

On Wednesday 25 September 2013 the CISI hosted the Annual Integrity Debate. Over 300 senior members from across the industry gathered in Plaisterers’ Hall to see panellists debate whether the UK wealth management industry could honestly be called – honest, open, transparent and fair?

View a summary of this year's fierce debate
The CISI Welcomes Appointment of Sir Richard Lambert to New Banking Industry Professional Standards Body

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Knowledge, Skills and Principles of Integrity

The CISI has experienced growing demand from countries wanting to build up their skills base, in part driven by the financial crisis and the marked decline in confidence in the financial system in the western world. For Ruth Martin, managing director at the CISI, “professionalism is where knowledge, skills and behavior overlap”. She says: “The CISI believes that professionalism is something which an individual can possess and demonstrate. It is a combination of what I know, the skills I deploy to keep up-to-date, and the way in which I behave. Integrity is a core part of professionalism.”

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The UK leads the way with Islamic finance education

With world-class academic institutions offering a range of specialist courses and qualifications in Islamic finance, the UK is a global leading provider of sector-specific education and research.

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Lebanon lures the return of investment bankers

Lebanon and Goldman Sachs don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. Nor does the country and the likes of Bank of America, HSBC, Morgan Stanley or UBS, and yet, relative to its size, it’s a huge exporter of investment bankers to major financial centres. Now, Lebanon is trying to convince its financial services talent to stick closer to home.

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CISI Scotland Annual Dinner 2013

Eleven financial services specialists have been honoured as Scotland’s top performers in CISI exams.

They were recognised at the Annual Dinner and Awards of the Institute’s Scotland branch, which took place at the George Hotel, Edinburgh on Thursday 12 September. Candidates in Scotland sat more than 1,900 exams last year.

The evening was attended by more than 170 guests and featured as guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, arguably the world’s greatest living explorer.

Speeches were also given by Stephen Barclay, Chartered MCSI, President of the Scotland branch and Kevin Moore, Chartered MCSI, the CISI’s Director of Global Business Development.

A collection was held in aid of Action for Children Scotland, which supports vulnerable and neglected young people and raised nearly £1,900 for the charity. With the addition of Gift Aid, this figure will increase to more than £2,200.

The event was sponsored by BlackRock, Change Recruitment Group and Invesco Perpetual.

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The CISI offers qualification for 14-16 year olds from September 2014

The CISI is delighted to announce that from September 2014 schools will be able to offer the Certificate in Fundamentals of Business and Finance to young people in full time education at key stage 4, which is for 14-16 year olds

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The CISI Educational Trust offers schools and colleges new bursary

The CISI Educational Trust is offering schools and colleges that teach its qualifications to full time students a bursary for up to two students annually.

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The CISI rebrands its key capital markets qualification

The CISI Certificate in Investments Programme will become known as the CISI Capital Markets Programme (CMP), effective immediately.

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The CISI launches South Wales branch

The CISI launched its South Wales branch with an inaugural event on 18 September 2013 at Brewin Dolphin, Cardiff with the Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart.

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The CISI IntegrityMatters initiative is extended to Ireland, Europe and North America

The CISI has announced its plans to extend its mandatory IntegrityMatters test to candidates in Ireland, Europe and North America, effective 1st February 2014.

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The CISI and Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA) announce world’s first entry level qualification for market participants

The Palestine Capital Market Authority long realised that a key component to success was educated professionals working within the PCMA itself as well as those in the financial sector. A partnership with the CISI was established in 2009 to create the qualifications that would underpin that vision.

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The CISI announces membership and qualification deal for ACIIA members looking to offer retail investment advice in the UK

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts (ACIIA) have signed an agreement to support holders of the CIIA Qualification to gain authorisation as Retail Investment Advisers in Securities and/or Derivatives from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.

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Five years after Lehman’s collapse, lack of customer confidence is biggest challenge facing banking

Of nearly 650 respondents to the survey, 52% pointed to a low level of confidence in banks being the number one stumbling block to their continued recovery.

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The CISI congratulates all candidates on their successful completion of CISI exams

The CISI congratulates all candidates on their successful completion of the CISI Diploma, the CISI Masters (Wealth Management), the Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM) and the ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance exams in the Spring and Summer 2013 sessions.

View a list of all the achievers
10,000 candidates complete CISI IntegrityMatters test

Over 10,000 candidates have now completed IntegrityMatters, the Institute’s online ethics workshop and test.

IntegrityMatters is not an exam, but a multiple stage scenario-based test, which can be taken by individuals on their own computer, either at their desk in the office or at home, with the results being immediately available.

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The CISI is pleased to publish its Report and Accounts for 2012/13

Included in the report is a statement from the Chairman, Alan Yarrow, Chartered FCSI(Hon); the CISI's performance against its charitable objectives; Trustees' report; and the financial summary.

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A-Level Results Day – Going to Uni or Not Going to Uni?

Now that students have received their A-levels they will be deciding what to do next. The CISI can help if you did get the results you were hoping for. We can also help if you didn’t get the results you wanted, or if you are deciding whether university is the best option for you.

For those who are going to University, now is a good time to think about choosing one of the UK universities which have partnered with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

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The CISI launches new “Outstanding Professional” Awards for Compliance and Risk 2013

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has announced two new annual awards to celebrate the achievements of industry practitioners.

Nominations are now open for the CISI Outstanding Compliance Professional and CISI Outstanding Risk Professional 2013, with nomination forms available on the CISI website.

Each award will be judged and presented by the relevant CISI Professional Forum Committee, recognising thought leadership and contribution to the industry.

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Jonathan Leece, Chartered FCSI appointed President of CISI Isle of Man branch

With over 15 years of experience in the finance sector and over 10 in Compliance, Jonathan who lives in Ramsey, Isle of Man has had a varied career in Banking, Corporate & Trust, Investment Management and latterly Fund Management. His work has taken him to and given experience of the laws of Jersey, Guernsey, Hong Kong and Cayman.

Jonathan has been on the CISI Isle of Man branch Committee for three years and felt he wanted to put something back for a rewarding career thus far.

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The CISI has launched two new modules on Professional Refresher: Conflicts of Interest and RDR Professionalism

Professional Refresher is an online learning system which allows self-administered testing on a variety of topics, including modules on the latest regulatory changes. The full suite of Professional Refresher is free to CISI members.

There are currently over 50 modules available which address UK and international issues. Modules are reviewed by practitioners frequently and new topics are added to the suite on a regular basis.

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North Devon MD Steve Roach, Chartered FCSI appointed President of CISI West Country branch

Steve Roach, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has been appointed President for the CISI West Country branch.

With over 38 years of experience in investments, Steve who lives in Goodleigh, North Devon has previously resided and worked in Jersey, Switzerland and New Zealand. His work has taken him all over the world including to USA, South Africa, Angola and throughout the Far East and Asia.

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Mr Puranam Hayagreeva Ravikumar is first ever Indian recipient of Honorary CISI Fellowship

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is pleased to announce that Mr Puranam Hayagreeva Ravikumar has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the CISI.

Honorary Fellowship, which carries the designatory letters FCSI(Hon), is awarded by the Institute Board to those who have contributed with distinction to financial services and to the CISI. The Institute now has 51 Honorary Fellows out of a total membership of over 40,000 worldwide including the late Lord George of St Tudy, former Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Hector Sants, former CEO of the FSA, Angela Knight CBE and formerly CEO of the British Banker’s Association, Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange and HE Abdullah Al-Turifi, Chief Executive of the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA).

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86% say at least 5 years before trust restored in UK banks, says CISI survey

The scale of the challenge faced by UK banks to regain the trust of the public has been highlighted by a CISI survey.

Of more than 750 respondents to the online survey, 86% feel that it will be at least five years until banks win the confidence of the country.

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CISI comments on Tyrie report, Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

As the leading professional body in the wealth management and capital markets industry, we welcome the publication of the Tyrie report and in particular, its endorsement of the significance of professionalism, covering behaviour as well as technical skills.

However, we feel the Commission should have gone further and eradicated the different standards of qualifications, integrity and continuous learning that exist between the retail and the wholesale sector.

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The CISI and the Dutch Securities Institute agree programme of collaboration

The CISI and the Dutch Securities Institute (DSI) have signed an MoU to increase opportunities for cooperation between their organisations through a programme of collaboration.

The Agreement notes areas of cooperation to include professional development, career partnering and industry standards and professionalism.

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The CISI and SwedSec Licensiering agree programme of collaboration

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and SwedSec Licensiering (SwedSec), the Swedish Securities Institute, have signed an MoU to increase opportunities for cooperation between their organisations through a programme of collaboration.

The Agreement notes areas of cooperation to include professional development, industry standards and qualifications recognition. SwedSec and the Dutch Securities Institute are the first professional organisations in northern Europe with which the CISI has aligned itself to date.

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Paul Clifford, Chartered FCSI, appointed President of CISI Jersey branch

16 May 2013

Paul Clifford, Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has been appointed President of the CISI Jersey Branch.

Speaking about his appointment, Paul said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this position. I look forward to continuing the excellent work of the Jersey Branch and of outgoing president Ben Shenton, and in these changing times to continue to provide support and value to the members. I am particularly keen to engage the committee further as regards student developments on the island and promote the continuing professional development and networking opportunities offered by the branch.”

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Shariyah Review Bureau Partners with Simply Sharia Human Capital to Deliver Islamic Finance Training (IFQ)

Simply Sharia Human Capital (SSHC) is delighted to offer the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) in collaboration with prominent Gulf-based Sharia Advisors, Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB).

The SRB-SSHC partnership will deliver the internationally recognised and UK-certified IFQ across the Gulf region.

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CISI requires new capital market entrants in the UK to pass an integrity test

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has announced that from 2 April 2013, it will require candidates for its customer facing entry level examinations for wholesale/capital markets financial services activities to take and pass the CISI’s IntegrityMatters online test before sitting the exam.

The CISI is introducing this initiative to ensure that new entrants to the capital markets sector, who will be working directly with firms and clients, realise the importance of Integrity and Ethics from the moment they enter the industry. This will also mean that integrity will be tested across the entire industry, not just in wealth management and retail financial advice.

The CISI’s IntegrityMatters test, which has been a requirement for its Chartered members to take since 2009, is being introduced to the capital markets by the CISI as it believes that the standard of integrity needs to be at least equal to that of the retail sector. This will also provide the public with some tangible evidence which demonstrates that banks and other financial organisations really are changing their culture.

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CPD and Professionalism Roadshows
January – March 2013
CPD and Professionalism Roadshows

January – March 2013

The CISI is offering another series of roadshows across the UK, this time on 'CPD & Professionalism: embedding the new standards for members'.

These events are intended to help firms and practitioners remain fully RDR-compliant and will focus on maintaining CPD in the new regime.

Visit cisi.org/roadshows for dates and more information.
CISI Student Event – Generation Y: the (modern) world of personal finance
Sparks discussion about who should be responsible for financial education
CISI Student Event – Generation Y: the (modern) world of personal finance

The Institute’s first Student Member event for 2013, held at Cass Business School, offered an insight into financial education and the attitudes and perceptions held by today’s youth.

Attended by more than 80 CISI members and guests, the experienced panellists - Sophie Robson, External Affairs Coordinator, CSFI, Stephanie Longford, Long Finance Coordinator, Z/Yen, and Jeannette Lichner MCSI author of #yourmoney, discussed the implications of the CSFI’s recent report “Generation Y: the (modern) world of personal finance”. The case for young people to receive better education has never been stronger especially as ‘university education is no longer free, jobs upon graduating are far from guaranteed, the housing ladder has been removed for many and work-based pensions are a thing of the past’.

The event explored ‘how tuned in to personal finance today’s young people are’ and debated what the future holds for the financial services. The discussions elicited engagement from the audience with attendees asking probing questions of our panellist and many sharing their own personal experiences about learning about finance.

Press coverage from Cass Business School