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FCA Floats Policy Tweaks To Spur Long-Term Investments

Law360 (December 12, 2018, 9:14 PM EST) -- The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority on Wednesday proposed new rules aimed at making it easier for consumers to access long-term investment opportunities, principally by lowering the barriers for retail investment in venture capital, infrastructure and corporate loans. 

The FCA issued consultation and discussion papers exploring how to bolster small-investor involvement in so-called patient capital, a term for particular long-term investments, such as in infrastructure. 

The regulator said the new rules should encourage investment in such assets through unit-linked funds, or investment plans, in which individuals' money is combined with that of other investors to buy units in another fund, without compromising security. ...

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