PRESS RELEASE

                                                                                                     

CMA admits FourFront Management Ltd to the Regulatory Sandbox

Nairobi, 24 September 2020…The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has announced the admission of FourFront Management Limited to the Regulatory Sandbox, bringing the total number of firms admitted to the live-testing environment for capital markets innovations to seven. The financial technology (fintech) firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Investment Bank (SIB), a licensed investment bank.

FourFront Management Limited proposes to test a robo-advisory solution targeting 100 investors during a four-month period. A robo-advisor is a digital platform that provides automated, algorithm-driven financial planning and investing services with little to no human interaction. A robo-advisor collects information from its clientele about their financial situation and future goals through online survey and then leverages the data as a basis to offer investment advice and automatically invest client assets. Typically, robo-advisors offer easy account setup, robust goal planning, account services, portfolio management, and security features, attentive customer service, comprehensive education, and low fees.

CMA Acting Chief Executive Mr. Wyckliffe Shamiah said, ‘the admission of FourFront Management Limited to the Regulatory Sandbox will build our capacity as a regulator, to respond to the impact and support implementation of new technologies in the capital markets value chain.’ Investment technology is one of the core ways financial technology is likely to disrupt Kenya’s capital markets.

Stockbrokers and custodians are leveraging economies of scale to roll out low-cost, or even zero-cost portfolio management platforms, or to partner with robo-advisors to enhance financial access, quality and inclusion. In line with the CMA Strategic Plan 2018-2023, CMA aims to facilitate innovation and fintech adoption within the industry through the introduction of platforms, software and tools that enhance investment decision-making and contribute to accelerating the shift towards passive investments. A key interest for CMA in leveraging technology to drive the capital markets value chain is the implementation of robo-advice technology.

In compliance with the CMA Regulatory Sandbox Policy Guidance Note 2019, FourFront will be required to provide periodic reports to the Authority on the implementation of its test plans, achievement of test objectives, risks and challenges observed during the testing period and a final report prior to the expiry of its testing period.

ENDS

BACKROUND INFORMATION ON THE CAPITAL MARKETS AUTHORITY

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) was set up in 1989 as a statutory agency under the Capital Markets Act Cap 485A. It is charged with the prime responsibility of both regulating and developing an orderly, fair and efficient capital markets in Kenya with the view to promoting market integrity and investor confidence. The regulatory functions of the Authority as provided by the Act and the regulations include; Licensing and supervising all the capital market intermediaries; Ensuring compliance with the legal and regulatory framework by all market participants; Regulating public offers of securities, such as equities and bonds & the issuance of other capital market products such as collective investment schemes; Promoting market development through research on new products and services; Reviewing the legal framework to respond to market dynamics; Promoting investor education and public awareness; and Protecting investors’ interest. For more information, please contact: Antony Mwangi, Head of Corporate Communications on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sign up for our Newsletter today

Contact Us

Embankment Plaza, 3rd Floor
Longonot Road, off Kilimanjaro Avenue, Upperhill
P.O Box 74800-00200, Nairobi Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2264400/ 2264900/ 2221910/ 2221869
Backup Wireless Lines: 0722 207767/ 020 2611464
Cell: +254 722 207767, Email: corporate@cma.or.ke
Copyright © 2020 Capital Markets Authority, 2018 ISO 9001:2015 Certified. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.