Ethical Standards in Finance & Investment

The FCA's ethical standards apply to individuals in finance and investment. These standards cover a professional's responsibilities to their firm and their clients.

In financial services, a firm's most valuable asset is its reputation. Compliance with standards concerning inside information, money laundering, conflicts of interest, fiduciary duties, etc., helps maintain this.

Our Ethical Standards in Finance and Investment Course explains the fundamental responsibilities of professionals working in financial services.

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Ethical Standards in Finance and Investment

About this Course

This SCORM-compatible course is part of our FCA Compliance Library.

The library is available in the Skillcast Standard plan for larger companies or Skillcast Basic plan for those with under 50 learners.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to:

  • Know your fundamental responsibilities: honesty and integrity, avoiding plagiarising, avoiding the use of inside information
  • Know your responsibilities to the Firm: disclosure of conflicts, responsibilities of supervisors, observing policies regarding personal account dealing, email and Internet access, not misrepresenting yourself or the Firm
  • Know your responsibilities to your clients: independence and objectivity, properly preparing research reports, fulfilling fiduciary duties, fair dealing and preserving confidentiality

Latest Course Updates

  • Course redesigned with a more modern feel
  • Full review conducted by an FCA expert
  • Text & image updates throughout the course

Course Outline


Statement of ethical conduct

- Exercise: Statement of ethical conduct

Inside information

- Exercise: Inside information
- Sunita
- Trading shares

Money laundering

- Exercise: Money laundering


- Exercise: Plagiarism

Bribery & corruption


Conflicts of interest

- Exercise: Outside employment
- Exercise: Gifts & entertainment
- Exercise: Disclosure of conflicts

Responsibilities of supervisors

- Exercise: Responsibilities of supervisors

Email access

Internet access

Prohibition against misrepresentation

- Exercise: Prohibition against misrepresentation

Independence & objectivity

- Exercise: Independence & objectivity

Preparation of research reports

- Exercise: Fiduciary duties

Fiduciary duties

Investment recommendations & actions

Priority of transactions

- Exercise: Priority of transactions

Fair dealing

- Exercise: Fair dealing


- Exercise: Confidentiality




Course Specifications




Approximately 40 minutes followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience is required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via client style sheet.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary.

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