This page shows examples of good and bad practice case studies when promoting financial services and our expectations for promotions to be clear, fair and not misleading.
Financial promotions are how firms communicate financial services and products to consumers. These promotions are often published in many forms such as on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), websites, as well as other media formats. They can significantly influence a consumer’s decision when choosing a financial product or service, so, it is vital that financial promotions comply with our relevant rules.
We recognise the need to provide information for firms to understand the financial promotions rules that apply to particular products and services. We include below short videos of the various products we regulate, and the common mistakes firms make while promoting their products. The videos illustrate our expectation and highlight the need for promotions to be clear, fair and not misleading regardless of the media used.
These examples provided are mock scenarios. They are not a comprehensive illustration of our rules and it is for you to ensure that the promotions that you communicate or approve comply with all relevant requirements.
If you’re unsure whether your advert complies with the relevant rules, you may wish to seek independent legal advice.
You should also review The Perimeter Guidance Manual which sets out the legal definition of a financial promotion, and what would be considered merely a communication to reference the firm’s brand (image advertising). For more information regarding our media-neutral stance, please refer to our Social Media Guidance.
Handbook rules for firms
The links below will take you directly to the financial promotion’s rules within the FCA Handbook that relate to these high-level product areas.