The FSA’s quest for respect

Hector Sants, head of wholesale markets at the Financial Services Authority, talks to Nicholas Dunbar about his plans for increased regulatory focus on fixed-income structured products and hedge funds


Seldom does a day go by without the UK’s financial papers featuring a story involving the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the UK’s super-regulator. In retail markets such as structured retail products and mortgage endowments, it has acted boldly to address perceived failings among major financial institutions – so boldly that its enforcement procedures were recently criticised by a UK appeals court.

In the wholesale markets, however, things are different. Here, the FSA has so far

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