Affiliate marketing in the UK is a massive and growing industry. According to recent research by IAB/PwC, there were over 125m affiliate transactions and 30m leads totalling £16.5bn worth of sales in 2015 alone.
And the range of financial affiliate programmes is as large as the range of financial products. The financial sector, as the second largest commercial spender online, is estimated to invest 13.4% of total internet ad spend.
Continue reading What are the Best Financial Affiliate Programmes in the UK?
The financial spread betting and CFD industry has become increasingly competitive in the last decade. As new brokers continue to enter the marketplace, financial traders are constantly looking for the best places to trade meaning brokers are prepared to pay generous commissions to affiliate marketers that can send new clients in their direction.
Continue reading Complete Introduction to Financial Spread Betting and CFD Affiliate Programmes
Financial spread betting and FX broker Core Spreads has launched a new affiliates’ site, updating their partnership offering along the way. The new affiliate programme, Core Spreads Partners, offers a range of payment models and generous commissions difficult to find elsewhere. Continue reading Core Spreads Launches New Partners Site
Below are a few of the traps that financial service marketers, affiliates and copywriters fall into – and how you can avoid them. Continue reading Promotions summary guide for Affiliates
Achieving compliance with the FCA’s requirements will depend on several stages being followed and embedded as best practice at each stage. Continue reading Financial Promotions Checklist
- Understand the FCA requirements for financial promotions and the reasons why Compliance may insist on changes to draft promotions
Continue reading How can affiliates make life easier for our Compliance team?
To ensure financial promotions are fair, clear and not misleading, you need to make sure they don’t feature any of the below; Continue reading What are the common compliance pitfalls for Affiliates to look out for when producing financial promotions?
A regulated firm needs to be able to demonstrate that financial promotions have been reviewed, approved and signed-off, and that they meet FCA guidance in terms of being fair, clear and not misleading. Continue reading What is the role of the Compliance department in ensuring financial promotions comply with the FCA?
Again, the FCA’s main objective is to ensure that a financial promotion is “fair, clear and not misleading”. Products & services need to be promoted in a balanced way which means that their claims must be realistic and information on key risks needs to be fair and prominently displayed. Continue reading What is the FCA looking for in financial promotions?
Each year the FCA audits many regulated firms, checking that their promotions are “fair, clear and not misleading”. They will also check that the firms’ compliance process and audit trails meet their requirements. Continue reading How does the FCA assess financial promotions?
In March 2015 the FCA issued updated guidance on social media promotions in response to the growing use of this channel for financial services communications. Continue reading Has the FCA’s guidance of social media changed the regulator’s approach?
There has been some debate about whether social media – Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, for example – is classed as a real time financial promotion. The FCA clarified this in March 2015, stating that social media is not interactive: it is therefore regulated in the same way as other financial promotions, and requires the same compliance checks and approvals. Continue reading Is social media a real-time financial promotion?
According to the FCA, a real-time financial promotion is “a financial promotion made in the course of a personal visit, telephone conversation or other interactive dialogue”. Continue reading What is a “real-time financial promotion” and how does the compliance process differ?
According to the FCA, financial promotions may be the consumers main or only source of information that they base their decisions on. This is a particular risk in the financial services sector because of the complex and often long-term nature of financial products. Continue reading Why are financial promotions so heavily regulated?
The FCA defines a financial promotion as “an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity that is communicated in the course of business”.
In practice, this means any form of advertising or communications with prospective customers by regulated financial services firms (and affiliates). Continue reading What is a financial promotion?
The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) authorises and regulates almost all financial services firms in the UK. In these regulated firms, the Marketing department needs to take account of compliance requirements when producing communications, or “financial promotions” as the FCA calls them. Continue reading Understanding financial promotions
For many years the sharing of spread, known as ‘rev share’, with unregulated affiliates has been industry practice. Making an introduction to a broker is not always regulated business, but making arrangements which result in spread betting or CFD trading is (see article 25(2) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001). Continue reading Why do I need to be regulated to receive a share of spread revenue?
At the end of the month we reconcile your monthly commission against any adjustments and/or bonuses. Once this has been completed, you can request payment and we’ll make payment to you within 10 days of the new working month. Continue reading How do I get paid?
Each month our system will calculate all new CPA-qualified traders that are registered to your affiliate account with Core Spreads. Continue reading How do I get paid for a CPA-qualified trader?