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EDPS welcomes EU’s plans for AML overhaul

The EDPS has published his opinion on the European Commission’s proposed package of AML changes. The EDPS welcomes the proposals but says further clarifications are needed to minimise intrusion into individuals’...

Up next from the regulators

Nikhil Rathi and Sam Woods, CEOs of the FCA and PRA respectively, have set out the regulators’ current areas of focus. Highlights from Mr Rathi’s speech include that the FCA: is collaborating with...

ECJ delivers judgment on EBA Guidelines

The ECJ has ruled that the EBA acted within its powers when it adopted guidelines on product governance and oversight arrangements for retail banking products in 2015. The guidelines set out requirements for...

FCA publishes insurer claims data

The FCA has published the latest data it has collected (as of 5 September 2021) from all affected insurers on the progress of their non-damage business interruption insurance claims. The data includes the number of: BI...

PSR panel publishes annual report

The PSR panel has published its annual report for 2020/21 which outlines how it has engaged with the PSR over the last year. Key themes that the panel highlighted over the last 12 months include the rapid acceleration...

FCA publishes consumer investment strategy

The FCA has published a new strategy to give consumers the confidence to invest and to tackle investment harm. By 2025, the FCA aims to: reduce by 20% the number of consumers who could benefit from investment earnings...

Government and FCA respond on LCF Report

The Treasury Committee has published responses from the Treasury and the FCA to its report on the FCA’s regulation of London Capital & Finance plc (LCF). Highlights from the government’s response...

Up next from FCA

The FCA’s latest Policy Development Update highlights: a policy statement on restricting CMC charges for financial products and services claims – expected to be published on 25 October 2021; and a policy statement...

CMA writes to LBG on PPI Order breach

The CMA has written to Lloyds Banking Group about its non-compliance with the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) Market Investigation Order 2011. LBG breached the PPI Order by failing to include the monthly PPI benefit...

FCA mortgage guidance to expire in October

In October 2020, the FCA introduced temporary guidance on maturing interest-only and part-and-part mortgages. The guidance allowed borrowers with certain mortgages due to mature between 20 March 2020 and 31 October 2021...

Stick to the Basel III agreement, says EU

EU prudential supervisors and central banks have written to the EU Commission in support of a full, timely and consistent implementation of the Basel III agreement, saying that diluting the framework would not be in the...

Treasury consults on Banking Act amendment

Following the decision to remove FCA regulated 730k investment firms from the scope of the UK resolution regime, the government is now consulting on whether short-term liabilities owed to FCA investment firms should...

FCA launches 2021 Green FinTech Challenge

Following the success of the pilot challenge in 2018, the FCA has announced that the application window for the 2021 Green FinTech Challenge is now open. The Green FinTech Challenge is open to start-ups, incumbents and...

FCA Chair speaks on risks of token regulation

Charles Randell, Chair of the FCA and PSR has delivered a speech on the risks of regulating crypto tokens. Speech highlights include: whilst platforms’ efforts to crack down on fraudulent advertisements are welcome, a...

CLLS responds to Treasury consultation

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has published its response to HM Treasury’s consultation paper “Amendments to the Insolvency Arrangements for Insurers” which was published on 20 May 2021. CLLS...

EIOPA report on peer review of key functions

EIOPA has published a follow-up report to the 2018 peer review on the supervisory practices for the application of the proportionality principle in government requirements regarding key functions. The follow-up report...

FCA announces new Digital Sandbox window

The FCA is opening the application window for the sustainability cohort on 6 September, with a view to opening the Digital Sandbox to successful applicants in November and access to the testing environment from January...

Banks back Confirmation of Payee extension

Following Pay.UK’s confirmation that the reach of the Confirmation of Payee Service (CoP) will be extended, a group of the UK’s major banks has written to the PSR to provide a public commitment to deliver...

Next steps for the Consumer Duty

The FCA’s consultation on a new Consumer Duty has now closed and the FCA has outlined its next steps. After considering the responses, the FCA will set out the proposed text for any new rules in a second...

FCA, PRA and SEC enter derivatives MoU

The FCA, PRA and the US SEC have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in relation to consultation, cooperation and the exchange of information in the supervision and oversight of certain over-the-counter...

FCA launches third IFPR consultation

The FCA has published its third and final consultation on the IFPR. The IFPR creates a new regime for solo-regulated MiFID investment firms. The first consultation introduced the IFPR and focussed on the categorisation...

FSSC launches inclusion measurement guide

The Financial Services Skills Commission (FSSC) has launched an inclusion measurement guide to improve and develop inclusion data metrics and analysis across the UK financial services sector. The guide will enable firms...

Final report issued on FCA complaint

The Complaints Commissioner has issued its final report in respect of a complaint made to the FCA – the complainant received what they considered to be an aggressive and threatening email from the FCA’s...

PRA sets scope of 2022 insurance stress test

The PRA has written to the largest PRA-regulated life and general insurers to set out the high-level scope for the 2022 Insurance Stress Test (IST) exercise. For life insurers, the IST will focus primarily on economic...

FCA launches new whistleblowing webform

The FCA has launched a new online form for reporting concerns about wrongdoing by firms or individuals to the FCA. It has also published a new webpage to help whistleblowers decide where to make a report.

EBA publishes stress test results

The EBA has published the results of its 2021 EU-wide stress test which involved 50 banks from 15 EU and EEA countries. The results show that under a very severe scenario, the EU banking sector would stay above a CET1...

Regulatory sandbox now open year-round

The FCA’s regulatory sandbox is now open permanently, meaning firms can submit their applications throughout the year, rather than on a cohort basis. The FCA has also published guidance for firms applying to the...

Ombudsman News looks at BII complaints

The latest edition of Ombudsman News looks at complaints about business interruption insurance (BII) after the test case. In the case of most complaints, the insurer is now accepting that the policy provides cover...

FCA updates on MIFIDPRU applications

Following the publication of various MIFIDPRU application forms on 27 July, the FCA has made further application forms available on its website. The FCA intends to make the remaining application forms and all...

FCA consults on D&I on listed company boards

The FCA is consulting on proposals to improve transparency for investors on the diversity of listed company boards and their executive management teams. The proposals include changes to the FCA’s Listing Rules to...

Treasury consults on amendments to MLRs

The Treasury is consulting on amendments to the MLR 2017 Statutory Instrument 2022. These amendments will allow the government to make some time-sensitive updates to the MLRs, which are required to ensure that the UK...

FCA outlines mortgage prisoners review

The FCA has published the terms of reference setting out the steps it will take in its mortgage prisoners review. Data review: the FCA will review and update its data to consider the demographic and loan characteristics...

FCA updates on financial promotions

Following onshoring changes made to the FPO post-Brexit, the definition of “Relevant Market” inadvertently no longer includes relevant UK markets. This means the exemptions under Articles 37, 41 and 67-69...

EU Commission overhauls AML/CFT rules

The European Commission has unveiled an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s AML/CFT rules. The proposals include: a new EU AML/CFT Authority (AMLA) – the new AMLA will coordinate...

PRA writes to firms on Solvency II Review

The PRA has written to the CEOs of PRA-regulated Solvency II firms to introduce the Solvency II Review Quantitative Impact Study and to set out the PRA’s thinking on two key areas being assessed under it – the...

FCA updates on travel insurance expectations

The FCA has updated the travel insurance section of its insurance and coronavirus webpage. The FCA says that, when buying travel insurance, customers cannot rely on their pre-pandemic knowledge and experience. It...

FCA writes to authorised fund managers on ESG

The FCA has written to the chairs of authorised fund managers setting out its expectations on the design, delivery and disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainable investment funds. The FCA...

FCA updates on workstreams

The FCA has provided updates on the following 4 workstreams: Assessing Suitability Review (ASR 2) – ASR 2 was placed on hold in April 2020. The FCA has decided not to continue planned work on ASR 2 in 2021/22. This will...

MEPs give green light for DLT pilot

Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs have voted in favour of a temporary common EU pilot regime for financial services based on distributed ledger technology (DLT). The project follows a ‘sandbox’ approach...

FPC meets to discuss financial stability

The BoE has published the record of the Financial Policy Committee’s (FPC) meeting held on 30 June 2021. Meeting highlights include: The UK financial system has provided support to households and businesses to...

PRA policy statement on Basel implementation

Following its consultation earlier this year, the PRA has published a policy statement (PS) on its proposed new CRR rule instrument to implement part of the Basel standards that still need to be implemented in the UK...

PRA consults on review of Solvency II

The PRA has published a consultation on its proposed changes to Solvency II reporting requirements and expectations. The proposals would result in changes to the following policy material: The onshored version of the...

PRA consults on designating investment firms

The PRA is proposing minor changes to its policy on designating investment firms. This includes a proposal to increase the base capital resources requirement for PRA-designated investment firms, thereby aligning it with...

FCA to make rules on pension schemes

New regulations made under the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 (Act) mean that certain provisions of the Act relating to requirements to refer individuals to pensions guidance will come into force on 5 July 2021...

FCA publishes first policy statement on IFPR

Following its consultation in December 2020, the FCA has published the first of its policy statements (PS) on the introduction of the UK Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR). In general, the FCA has implemented its...

FCA bans crypto exchange Binance

Binance Markets Limited is not permitted to carry on any regulated activity in the UK without the prior written consent of the FCA. The FCA has also issued a warning about Binance.com, advising consumers to be wary of...