Monthly Archives: July 2017

FCA to consider whether there is a place for unarranged overdrafts in the modern banking market

In a Feedback Statement published today, the FCA stated that: they have significant concerns about how unarranged overdrafts operate. Charges are high, complex and potentially harmful. Based on the evidence they have to date, they believe there is a case to consider fundamental reform of unarranged overdrafts and consider whether they should have a place in any modern […]

ESAs advise the Commission on PRIIPs with environmental or social objectives

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have submitted their technical advice to the European Commission (the Commission) to set minimum requirements, which manufacturers of PRIIPs with environmental or social (EOS PRIIPs) objectives should comply with to ensure their products meet the retail investors’ needs. The ESAs addressed  four areas: (i) specific environmental or social objectives, (ii) disclosure of specific investment […]

Payments strategy forum releases its consultation on the blueprint for the future of UK payments

The Forum has published its Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments for public consultation until 22nd September 2017. The Consultation is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on the detailed design for the New Payments Architecture (NPA) and the future of payments in the UK. The Forum is hosting a Consultation Briefing Session […]

PRA releases consultation on the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) – buffers – CP15/17

The PRA has today published a CP on its proposed expectations regarding the relationship between MREL and buffer requirements, including the consequences of not meeting these. The CP is relevant to all PRA regulated banks, building societies and PRA designated investment firms. The consultation, which can be found here closes on 29 September 2017.

FCA foresees the demise of LIBOR in favour of SONIA

Andrew Bailey’s speech today on the future of LIBOR discussed the recent developments that had been made and interestingly, the decision to move away from the benchmark and towards one that is based on factors such as the price of term funding. The FCA has had conversations with market participants, which led it to examine  alternative benchmarks and make […]

EIOPA creates webpage on product intervention powers under PRIIPs regulation

The webpage is available here. Product intervention powers will come into force as of 1 January 2018.  

EBA publishes final guidelines on major incident reporting under PSD2

The Guidelines set out: the criteria, thresholds and methodology to be used by payment service providers in order to determine whether an operational or security incident should be considered major and, therefore, be notified to the competent authority in the home Member State the template that payment service providers are required to use for this […]

ECB sets out its approach to implementing the FX global code

The European Central Bank (ECB) published a press release setting out its approach to implementing the FX global code. The FX Global Code is a set of global principles of good practice in foreign exchange markets, developed by central banks and market participants from 16 jurisdictions around the globe in order to promote a robust, […]

Alex Brazier, Executive Director of BoE delivers a speech entitled: ‘Debt Strikes Back’ or ‘The Return of the Regulator’?

Alex Brazier, Executive Director (Financial Stability) at BoE has delivered a speech in which he considers the recent developments in household debt, how that debt can pose dangers to the wider economy, and the three lines of defence put in place by regulators to guard against those dangers. Mr Brazier observed that in the past […]

FCA publishes consultation paper on current account services

FCA has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on the information provided to customers about current account services. The CP was prompted by CMA’s recommendation that firms should publish objective measures of service performance for both personal current accounts (PCAs) and business current accounts (BCAs) to allow customers to effectively compare products on the market. The […]