The Joint Committee of the ESAs has published guidelines  under the revised Wire Transfer Regulation which was part of the MLD4 package, and that requires payment service providers to establish specific information about the payer and payee in electronic transactions, to combat terrorist financing and money laundering. In an effort to harmonise regulatory expectations across the EU, the guidelines ‘set […]

On 21 September 2017, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities, published its September 2017 report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system, identifying Brexit and FinTech as two of the main risks to the EU financial system. Brexit: The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and the uncertainties around the […]

PSR published its initial findings following its investigation into authorised push payment scams at the end of 2016. It plans to publish a progress report in November, with its thoughts on the next steps.

FCA has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Hong Kong Insurance Authority to enable the two regulators to collaborate better to support Fintech innovation. FCA already has in place similar agreements with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Securities and Futures Commission.

FCA has published an Occasional Paper looking at the ageing population and financial services. FCA’s research has found there is a risk that the financial services needs of older people are not being fully met, and thinks there is potential for firms to do more to help them. It has identified several issues which will […]

FSCS has announced a new agreement with banks and building societies, supported by industry associations, that will lead to institutions using the “FSCS protected” badge consistently across website, mobile banking apps and customer information sheets.  The banks and building societies have 18 months to make necessary changes.

Mark Steward has spoken on the increase in FCA investigations into market conduct over the past year. He said the 75% increase results from: more investigations into capital market disclosure issues the extension of scope of the reporting regime which MAR has brought – including a 77% increase in reports because of the MAR requirements […]

Jonathan Davidson has spoken on culture and conduct in the context of FCA’s proposals to extend the SMR. Key points of his speech included: that business models often create commercial incentives for behaviours that lead to poor consumer outcomes, and FCA tries to understand how business models evolve to anticipate risks so it can use […]

The Commission has proposed a package of reforms to further develop the CMU. The package comprises: EU-wide supervisory priorities set by the ESAs, which will also take a greater role in supervising the work of national regulators – in particular in checking how they allow market participants to outsource functions to third countries direct capital […]

The FCA has today published its long awaited policy statement and approach document on the implementation of PSD2. The Policy Statement confirms changes to the Handbook and Approach Document guidance, and new non-Handbook directions for excluded firms, to reflect PSD2 and the PSRs 2017. This follows the two consultations the FCA issued in April (CP17/11) and July (CP17/22). FCA has made some […]