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Release Date: 26th March 2018

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Alexander David Osborne Stuart £34,000 and banned him from performing any function in relation to any regulated financial activity. Stuart, a former trainee retail investment adviser at St James’s Place Wealth Management Plc (SJP), was found to have made false and misleading statements regarding his qualifications and falsified a Learning Statement to mislead his employer and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Between 3 December 2014 and 3 February 2016, Stuart claimed to have passed examinations required for the Level 4 Qualification in Regulated Financial Planning, necessary to provide retail investment advice and obtain a Statement of Professional Standing (SPS). However, he had not completed these exams and falsified documents to indicate otherwise. The FCA determined that Stuart’s actions showed a lack of honesty and integrity, making him unfit for any regulated financial role.

Key Takeaways for Other Firms:

In conclusion, the FCA’s action against Alexander David Osborne Stuart highlights the critical importance of integrity and honesty in the financial services industry. Firms must take proactive steps to ensure that all employees meet the required qualifications and adhere to ethical standards to maintain trust and integrity in the financial system.

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