Markets - Financial Conduct Authority


We want markets to work well and remain competitive so that consumers can get a fair deal when buying financial services products.

At the FCA, we regulate financial services markets, exchanges and firms.

One of our statutory objectives is to help prevent financial businesses and firms becoming involved in financial crime. This includes any offence involving money laundering, fraud or dishonesty, or market abuse.

In this section we cover what we do and explain our approach to regulating financial services markets.

We also outline our latest methods for dealing with market abuse and our guidelines for operating within international markets.

Our powers

Last Modified: 01/04/2014

We are fair in our approach to regulation and supervision, but quick to act when we see firms or individuals acting illegally. The Financial Services Act 2012 has given us new powers to help us act faster in order to keep the market sound and stable.

Our approach

Last Modified: 28/03/2013

Our aim is to make financial markets work well so that consumers get a fair deal. We supervise firms to make sure they act in the best interests of consumers and the market.


Last Modified: 28/01/2015

Find out about the EU and international regulations we are implementing in the UK.

UK Listing Authority

Published: 30/08/2015     Last Modified: 24/03/2016

The UK Listing Authority (UKLA) is the part of the FCA responsible for regulating all bonds listed in the financial services market. 

Market abuse

Published: 30/03/2015     Last Modified: 04/11/2015

Certain types of behaviour, such as insider dealing and market manipulation, can amount to market abuse. Types of conduct constituting market abuse are set out in section 118 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and in the Market Abuse Directive.