Non-bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA)
The Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority Act 2006 established the Non-bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA), after the endorsement (by Government) of the Carmichael Consulting Report, which recommended the setup of a single independent Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) regulator.
The Act grants NBFIRA the mandate to regulate and enforce compliance within the NBFI sector in order to safeguard the stability, fairness and efficiency of the non-bank financial sector.
As outlined in section 4 of the NBFIRA ACT, the principal objective on NBFIRA is to regulate and supervise the non-bank financial institutions so as to foster the:
a) Safety and soundness of non-bank financial institutions
b) Highest standard of conduct of business by non-bank financial institutions
c) Fairness, efficiency and orderliness of the non-bank financial sector
d) Stability of the financial system
e) Reduction and deterrence of financial crime
The Authority’s regulatory portfolio encompasses a wide variety of industries including Insurance, Pension, Capital Markets, Non-Bank Lenders, Collective Investment Undertakings (CIUs), Asset Managers, Investment Advisors, and Custodians (among others).