Category Payment Services

Faster Payments launches Trust Service that will potentially cut the cost for challenger banks and others of obtaining the services that are essential to securely access the UK’s payments systems

In order to be able to access customer-sensitive data needed to use Faster Payments, participants need to have the use of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Trust Service, which manages the digital certificates that are essential to keep customer information secure. Faster Payments created the service after it determined that the costs of the existing […]

ECB to develop a service for the settlement of instant payments by end of 2018

The Governing Council of the ECB has decided to develop a new service for the settlement of instant payments. The new service, TARGET instant payment settlement (TIPS), will enable citizens and firms to transfer money between each other in real time and will be available around the clock, 365 days a year. The ECB is […]

John Griffith – Jones leaving the FCA

John Griffith – Jones has confirmed that he will leave both the FCA and the PSR at the end of his term of office on 31 March 2018.

BOE speaks on effects of ring-fencing for customers

In a speech by James Proudman (Executive Director, UK Deposit Takers Supervision, Prudential Regulation Authority, Bank of England),  it was discussed that the key component of the ring-fence is to provide ‘efficient resilience’ for domestic banking services (critical functions of lending, deposit-taking and payment services for retail and small corporate customers) ‘on which UK households and companies […]

FCA updates on sandbox

FCA has updated information on its regulatory sandbox.  It says the sandbox’s popularity is increasing and larger numbers of firms both applied for and were accepted for testing in cohort 2.  FCA has named the 24 firms that are ready to begin testing shortly and describes the services they are testing. A wide range of […]

ESMA responds on Fintech

ESMA has responded to the Commission’s consultation on Fintech. It sees Fintech as a positive evolution so long as business models continue to aim to improve the customer experience and financial inclusion. It identifies some concerns that it thinks need to be addressed, including: the risks (from a market integrity and investor protection standpoint) and costs […]

ECON publishes draft retail FS plan

The EP has published a draft report on the Action Plan for retail financial services. The report: says the EU retail financial services market is still underdeveloped and fragmented, but recognises that such a market will work only if it delivers real customer value; welcomes the Commission’s action plan working towards a single technology-enabled market; […]

Commission to amend PSD2 RTS

The Commission has written to the EBA explaining why it plans to amend the draft RTS under PSD2 on customer authentication and standards of communication. The key areas of change are: to ensure statutory audit of the risk analysis methodology; a new exemption to the application of strong customer authentication for certain corporate payments which […]

BoE updates Fintech accelerator

BoE has updated its Fintech accelerator page, to reflect that its latest call for applications is now closed. The page also outlines the current proofs of concept that currently form part of the accelerator programme.

PSR publishes contactless mobile payments page

The PSR has published a new webpage explaining the work it is doing on contactless mobile payments. It says it has noted how the growth in this type of payment could affect its statutory objectives and will publish an update in the autumn to outline the work it has done better to understand the issues […]