Adviser regulation blows the budget
The Code Committee’s exhaustive consultation has pushed adviser regulation beyond its budget this year.
Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 5:44AM 3 Comments
by Paul McBeth
The government had budgeted to allocate $2.9 million, or 27% of its budget, to the implementation of the FAA and all other oversight and supervision, according to the Securities Commission's annual report.
Instead, it spent $5.7 million, or 43% of its total budget, $5.2 million of which was to implement the adviser regulation.
"Costs are over budget because of the unexpected extra work for establishing the Code Committee, funding the ETITO and implementing the FAA regulatory regime," the commission said.
"The Commission balanced its operating deficits on baseline and FAA appropriations with the operating surplus on AML appropriations."
The government injected an extra $3.2 million into the Commission's accounts this year. The regulator spent $3.1 million on other operating expenditure, ahead of the budgeted $2.6 million, due to "greater than expected activity on industry liaison for FAA implementation."
The commission's staff expenses were $600,000 ahead of budget and its members' fees $330,000 over forecast due to "higher than expected staffing activity" for the implementation of the Financial Advisers Act and Anti-Money Laundering Act.
The commission received $12.3 million in government grants, with an unexpected $1.3 million fillip to fund the ETITO's training programme an extra $1.9 million to cover the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation.
Paul is a staff writer for Good Returns based in Wellington.
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