UK Regulator Wants More Rules On Esoteric-Securities Sales

Law360, New York (August 22, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT) -- The British financial regulator said Wednesday that financial services firms should be prohibited from marketing some esoteric securities, such as investments in fine wine and timber, to ordinary investors because the investors don't fully understand the myriad risks.

The Financial Services Authority said financial advisers should be prohibited from promoting a class of investments — known as unregulated collective investment schemes, or UCIS, because they involve non-mainstream investments and aren't subject to certain regulatory restrictions — to any but the most sophisticated investors and high-net-worth individuals,...
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