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Financing

FINMA is fully self-financing, covering its own costs with the fees and supervision charges it receives from the supervised institutions. The legal basis for this is set down in Article 15 of the Federal Act on the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMASA).

The fees, which mainly stem from rulings and supervisory proceedings, are charged to the supervised institutions on an individual basis. By contrast, supervision charges can only be levied at the group level and not individually. The level of supervision charges attributable to the group is divided appropriately over the individual institutions on a "user pays" basis.