NEWSCAPE PILLAR 3 DISCLOSURE
Background The Basel II Accord has been implemented by the European Union through the Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD”). The CRD details the standard regulatory capital framework for the financial Conduct industry within the EU and consists of three pillars:
- Pillar 1 specifies the minimum capital requirements of firms to cover credit, market and operational risk.
- Pillar 2 requires firms to assess the need to hold additional capital to cover risks not covered under Pillar 1.
- Pillar 3 requires a set of disclosures to be made which enable market participants to assess information on a firm’s capital, risk exposures and risk management procedures.
The firm is required by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) to disclose information relating to the capital it holds and each material category of risk it faces in order to assist users of its accounts and to encourage market discipline. These disclosures aim to provide information on the risk exposures faced by the firm and the risk assessment process it has in place in order to monitor these.
The Pillar 3 disclosures are required to be made under Chapter 11 of the FCA’s Prudential Sourcebook for Banks, Building Societies and Investment Firms (“BIPRU”). The Pillar 3 disclosures will be made on an annual basis. The disclosure will be published here on our website. It should be noted that the information within this document has not been audited by the firm’s external auditors.
The Rules provide that we may omit one or more of the required disclosures if we believe that the information is immaterial. Materiality is based on the criteria that the omission or misstatement of material information would be likely to change or influence the assessment or decision of a user relying on that information for the purposes of making economic decisions. We are also permitted to omit one or more of the required disclosures where we believe that the information is regarded as proprietary or confidential. Proprietary information is that which, if it were shared, would undermine our competitive position. Information is considered to be confidential where there are obligations binding us to confidentiality with our customers and counterparties.
Newscape Capital Group Ltd is authorised and regulated in the UK by the FCA as an Investment Management firm. The firm’s activities give it the BIPRU categorisation of a “Limited License Firm” and a “BIPRU €125K” firm with UCITS capabilities.
The firm has adopted a risk management process in order to ensure that it has effective systems and controls in place to identify, monitor and manage risks arising from the business. A high level risk management matrix has been produced to identify and quantify risks within the business.
This is the current or prospective risk to earnings or value arising from adverse movements in investment instrument prices, including equities, commodities, foreign exchange and interest. This risk can arise from open positions in bonds, securities, currencies, commodities, or derivatives. The firm does not hold positions in its own name.
This is the risk, direct or indirect, of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events. The Firm has identified a number of key operational risks to manage. These relate to loss of key members of staff, systems failure and failure to follow investment guidelines or restrictions, mispricing of a fund net asset value, failure in the IT infrastructure, inadequate business continuity planning and likelihood of failure or weakness in the systems and controls procedures for the prevention of market abuse. This also includes legal, compliance / regulatory risk and reputational risk.
Interest Rate Risk
- This is the risk of potential adverse movements in interest rates and the impact these have on planned future cash flows.
- The firm has no outstanding loans or debt. Interest income does not form a significant part of revenue.
This is the current or prospective risk to earnings identified and capital arising from an obligor’s failure to meet the terms of any contract. The firm has limited exposure to risk in this category. The credit risk exposure mainly relates to deposits held with banks. However this risk is mitigated through the use of highly rated banks.
This is the risk arising from a lack of diversity in business activities i.e. the risks associated with large exposures from individual commercial relationships, reliance upon a single transaction / income type and exposure to a substantial client.
- This is the risk from changes to a firm’s internal and external environment and includes the risk that the firm may not be able to carry out its business plan and desired strategy.
- The firm has assessed that the key business risks relate to the failure to adopt an appropriate business strategy or failure to deliver it.
- Our Pillar 2 business risk assessment principally takes the form of a fall in assets under management following a market downturn that leads to lower management fees.
Capital Resources: As at 31st December 2014 the firm held regulatory capital resources of £772k. This comprised solely of core Tier 1 capital.
The Pillar 1 Capital requirement for the coming year is £289k. This has been determined by reference to the firm’s fixed overhead requirement and calculated in accordance with the FCA’s General Prudential Sourcebook (“GENPRU”). The fixed overhead capital requirement exceeded both the base requirement and the sum of the market risk and credit risk capital requirement.
Compliance with the rules in BIPRU and Pillar 2 Rule Requirements
The firm’s overall approach to assessing the adequacy of our internal capital is set out in our Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (“ICAAP”).
The ICAAP process involves separate consideration of risks to our capital combined with stress testing analysis to determine whether any additional capital is required for Pillar 2.
The firm is a limited license €125K firm and as such its capital requirements are the greater of:
- Its base capital requirement of €125K; or
- The sum of the market risk and credit risk capital requirements; or
- Its Fixed Overhead Requirement.
The firm has calculated its capital requirement in accordance with the relevant FCA rules and the final level of capital is calculated as the Base Capital Requirement. On completion of the ICAAP process it was concluded that no additional Pillar 2 capital is required.
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The Firm has implemented a risk-based approach to identify areas where it may be at risk to bribery and has put in place systems and procedures to reduce and manage this risk. It reserves the right not to deal with other entities that do not make the same commitment.
The Firm has adopted and implemented a number of policies and procedures which are intended to prevent the Firm, its partners, staff or agents being involved in bribery. These are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain effective.
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