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Category - Fintech & Innovation

ASA takes action on misleading crypto ad

ASA has told HDR Global Trading to take down an ad and ensure in future that financial information was set out so as to be readily understood by the audience it was aimed at and that the risks of the relevant...

EBA FinTech report published

The EBA has analysed the regulatory landscape for FinTech firms, both in terms of activities around the regulatory perimeter and within authorisation.  The report sets out the findings of this analysis, including...

FCA discusses AI in financial services

In a recent speech, Christopher Woolard of the FCA considered three lenses through which the FCA views the issues relating to AI: what are new, and what are existing issues; how to ensure that AI creates value for...

CMA launches digital advertising market study

The CMA has launched a study into online platforms and digital advertising. The study will focus on harm caused by consumers in connection with three areas of digital advertising: the extent online platforms (such as...

FCA speaks on regulating innovation

Christopher Woolard has spoken on regulating financial innovation. He explained how valuable early engagement is, and how working with innovative firms helps FCA to get a good bird’s eye view of what it should...

BIS to set up Innovation Hub

The Board of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has announced the establishment of a BIS Innovation Hub to foster international collaboration on innovative financial technology within the central banking...

FCA publishes first perimeter report

FCA has published the first of what will be an annual report on its regulatory perimeter. Among other things, the report is designed to explain what challenges the perimeter is presenting and whether there might be a...

FCA speaks on tech activism

Nick Cook, FCA’s director of innovation, has spoken on the need for regulators to keep up to speed with innovation.  He spoke about: the continuing success of the FCA sandbox and the high proportion of firms that...

FSB Report on Crypto-Asset Risks

The FSB has published a report on crypto-assets,  which will be delivered to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting in Fukuoka in June 2019. In particular the report notes: the work...

FCA Call for Input on Cross-Sector Sandbox

The FCA has published a Call for Input, requesting the views of interested parties on the concept of cross-sector sandbox. Since October 2018, the FCA has engaged with a range of regulators and a small group of firms to...

LawTech UK consults on crypto issues

The LawTech Delivery Panel, set up under a Government and Law Commission initiative, is consulting on the status of cryptoassets, DLT and smart contracts under English private law.  The consultation notes: the...

BoE speaks on embracing Fintech

Dave Ramsden has spoken at the Innovate Finance Global Summit, stressing the importance of fintech, and of BoE’s ability to keep on top of developments. He spoke of the anniversary of the BoE Fintech Hub and...

FCA heralds Innovate success

Christopher Woolard has spoken on FCA’s continuing work to promote innovation.  As part of its drive, it has published an evaluation of its Innovate services, which have now supported nearly 700 firms.  FCA...

FSB updates on market issues

FSB, in its latest plenary meeting, discussed: current vulnerabilities in the global financial system; developing a surveillance network for potential vulnerabilities; areas where supervisory policies and practices...

FCA publishes research agenda

One of the documents that accompanied FCA’s Business Plan is its Research Agenda.  This sets out its intentions in respect of the themes that underpin the Business Plan. The document explains how FCA welcomes...

EU launches new fintech platform forum

The European Commission and ESAs have announced the launch of the European Forum for Innovation Facilitators (EFIF). There are currently 21 innovation hubs and 5 regulatory sandboxes in the EU, and the regulators want...

FCA publishes final no-deal Brexit rules

Perhaps in anticipation of what would follow later in the day, FCA published its final instruments and guidance that would apply in the event of a no-deal, no-implementation period Brexit, on the morning of 29 March...

FCA looks at life beyond Brexit

In a speech on Brexit delivered by Nausicaa Delfas, Executive Director of International, the FCA reminded firms that the deadline for notifications under the temporary permissions regime is 28 March 2019.  Firms that...

FCA Update on Digital Regulatory Reporting

The FCA has updated its webpage on digital regulatory reporting (DRR) by publishing – a video which explains the concept of DRR and outlines the work carried out by the DRR pilot group; a report which sets out an...

BCBS Statement on crypto-assets

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published a statement on crypto-assets. The Committee acknowledges that while the crypto-asset market remains small relative to that of the global financial system, and...

BoE and FCA update on Brexit approach

BoE and FCA have updated their respective websites with coordinated information on their approach to a hard Brexit. BoE has published a series of materials setting out its updated plans to its supervisory approach to a...

FSB asks if BigTech will shake up FinTech

FSB has published a report looking at FinTech market developments in the financial system and what that might mean for financial stability.  It is generally excited by the possibilities that FinTech offers and says...

ESMA creates Brexit page

ESMA has created a new web-page on Brexit, setting out how it is preparing for it.  Its latest agreement is a MoU with BoE for recognition of CCPs and the Central Securities Depository.  It aims to recognise all UK CCPs...

FCA Cryptoassets consultation published

The FCA is consulting on draft guidance on activities that the FCA regulates in this area. Noting that this is an area in which investor activity is on the increase, and where there is still uncertainty about where the...

FCA publishes sector views

FCA has published its “Sector Views” setting out its observations from monitoring its 7 selected sectors of: retail banking retail lending general insurance and protection pensions and retirement income...

ESAs advise on crypto approach

ESMA and EBA have published papers on ICOs and crypto-assets. The ESMA paper clarifies which crypto-assets currently qualify as financial instruments and provides its views on gaps and risks. The paper identifies...

ESAs report on sandboxes

The ESAs have published a joint report on regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs. The report shows that 24 EEA Member States have developed hubs but only 5 have regulatory sandboxes. As a result of the study the ESAs...

FOS consults on plans for 2019/20

The FOS has published a consultation on its plans and budget for 2019/2020. It notes that from April 2019, its jurisdiction will be expanded by the addition of two significant areas of work: complaints made by SME...

EBA publishes further PSD2 guidelines

The EBA has published final Guidelines on the exemption from the fall back mechanism requirement under the RTS on Secure Customer Authentication and Common and Secure Communications (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU)...

DExEU publishes draft political declaration

On 22 November 2018, DExEU published the Draft Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union (“Draft Declaration“). The Draft...

FCA speaks on AI and financial crime

Rob Gruppetta has spoken on FCA’s views on the use of innovation, data and algorithms to help it in its supervision of, and approach to, financial crime prevention. He said that FCA is always open to innovation...

FCA consults on fees and levies

FCA is consulting on policy proposals for its proposed regulatory fees and levies for 2019/2020. Among the proposed changes is a plan to streamline the process of setting consumer credit fees by exemption community...

DexEU announces Brexit progress

The Department for Exiting the EU published a press statement alongside the announcement on 14 November that the UK and EU negotiating teams had reached an “in principle” agreement on the Withdrawal...

Cryptoassets task force publishes report

The Cryptoassets task force, led by Treasury, has published its report on the UK’s policy and regulatory approach to cryptoassets.  The report looks at the policy and regulatory implications of DLT and...

Treasury plans transitional regulatory tool

Treasury has set out its plans for a temporary transitional tool for the UK regulators to use that will enable them to phase in the requirements for UK firms that will change under the raft of onshoring legislation...

FCA speaks on crises

Charles Randell, speaking at AFME’s conference, highlighted the damage that a cycle of deregulation, crisis and regulation can do. He discussed in particular the risks of deregulation, or the choice not to apply...

FCA consults on PSD2 SCA-RTS approach

As part of its implementation of PSD2, the FCA has published a consultation on  matters relating to the Regulatory Technical Standards for strong customer authentication and common and secure open standards of...

Commons calls for crypto-asset regulation

The Treasury Committee has published a report, in which it describes its unanimous support for regulation for the “Wild West” crypto-currency market. The report outlines all the problems and dangers the...

ESAs report on financial advice automation

The joint committee of ESAs has published the results of its monitoring exercise on automation in financial advice. The ESAs found that automation is growing but that there are still only a limited number of firms and...

FSB launches peer review of LEIs

The Financial Stability Board has published the Summary Terms of Reference of a thematic peer review of the implementation of the Legal Entity Identifier. The thematic review seeks feedback from a range of stakeholders...

FCA announces GFIN creation

FCA has announced the creation of the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN), in collaboration with 11 other regulators and organisations. This builds on FCA’s plans for a global regulatory sandbox and will...

PSR reports on contactless mobile payments

The Payment Systems Regulator has published a report on contactless mobile payments (CMPs). It sees this as a growth area as people become more comfortable with using it, more contactless pay-points are available and...