On 23 July 2010, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) imposed an administrative fine of € 6,000 on Zeker Zanen B.V. (Zeker Zanen). Zeker Zanen is a financial service provider that provides advice in the field of pensions. The AFM has established that Zeker Zanen, in the period of January 2008 to July 2009, recommended a certain pension product to three employers, while Zeker Zanen, with respect to two files, failed to obtain sufficient information about the financial position, risk acceptance, objective and the knowledge and experience of the employer. In the third file, Zeker Zanen failed to obtain sufficient information about the financial position and risk acceptance of the employer. As a result of the fact that insufficient information was obtained, Zeker Zanen was unable to base its advice in part on this information.
This means that Zeker Zanen violated Article 4:23, first paragraph, of the Financial Supervision Act. This Act obliges financial undertakings that provide advice to clients to, inter alia, obtain information on the client's financial position, knowledge, experience, objectives and willingness to accept risk in the interst of that client and to the extent reasonably relevant to the advice. The financial undertaking must ensure that the advice, to the extent reasonably possible, is also based on the information to be obtained.
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