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How the “challenger banks” have become the ‘challenged’ banks

[fa icon='calendar'] 28-Jan-2019 10:30:00 / by Jamie Cooke posted in PSD2, FINTECH, challengerbanks

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Better customer service, cleaner user interfaces, simpler language, spending insights and even gambling blocks…digital banks or ‘challenger banks’ as they are commonly referred to, have taken the UK banking market by storm and with features like these, no wonder they are signing up thousands of new customers every day. However, as the large incumbents awaken from their slumber, are they starting to realise they must fight back no matter how much they make light of these new players?

Jamie Cooke, Managing Director of fscom, gives his opinion...

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Cryptoassets and FinCrime: Building for the Future

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Jan-2019 07:45:00 / by Stephen Stewart posted in FINTECH, cryptocurrency, fincrime

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Whether you call them cryptocurrencies, cryptoassets or virtual assets, these tokens and their underlying technology, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), remain at the forefront of regulators thoughts, often operating in an unregulated or semi-regulated world which sits somewhere between a land of opportunity and the wild wild west.

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“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest (regulator) of them all?”

[fa icon='calendar'] 06-Aug-2018 11:53:11 / by James Borley posted in PSD2, E-money, Payment services, FINTECH, BREXIT

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For some, Brexit may still seem like something out of a fairy tale but, whether you are for or against, it will become a reality next March 2019.

(Download our Brexit Planning E-book here for an overview of different EU jurisdictions)

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Introducing the New Payment Systems Operator

[fa icon='calendar'] 23-May-2018 16:24:01 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Payment services, FINTECH

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In a previous blog post, I took a look at the upcoming access changes to the UK’s RTGS system (the Clearing House Automated Payment System) and, in the blog post before that, the UK’s new payment architecture. In the latter, you might remember, we touched on the consolidation of three separate payment service operators (PSOs) – Bacs, Faster Payments Service and the Cheque & Credit Clearing Company – under a New Payments Service Operator (NPSO).

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PSD2 - further inside the regulator

[fa icon='calendar'] 19-Mar-2018 17:40:38 / by James Borley posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services, FINTECH, cryptocurrency

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Drawing on my experience of heading up the Payment Services Authorisations Team at the FCA for many years, I spoke last week (http://blog.fscom.co.uk/psd2-a-glimpse-inside-the-regulator) about the FCA’s expectations for authorisations and re-authorisations, and offered some insight into how they might approach the challenges brought about by PSD2. I now explore the risks inherent in firms wishing to ‘upgrade’ their licences, the new entrants under PSD2 and the FCA’s approach to supervision.

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fscom Appoints New Head of Financial Crime

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Feb-2018 10:13:06 / by fscom Team posted in FINTECH

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We're delighted to welcome Karen Vickers as our new Head of Financial Crime. 

In her new role, Karen will be responsible for managing our rapidly growing client base, advising them on how to meet their legal and regulatory obligations in respect of financial crime, including anti-money laundering, sanctions terrorist financing and anti-bribery and corruption.

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Comply or Die: How compliance audits can help FinTechs survive

[fa icon='calendar'] 08-Feb-2018 16:37:51 / by James Borley posted in 4MLD, PSR Audit, EMR Audit, Payment services, FINTECH

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‘Compliance’ is the watchword in financial services, perhaps more now than ever. With new rules and regulations being introduced across Europe, most notably 4MLD, MiFID II, PSD2 and GDPR, Heads of Compliance across multiple industry verticals are now under major pressure to ensure their processes and procedures are up to date, adequate and compliant.

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Meeting the InfoSec demands of PSD2 and GDPR

[fa icon='calendar'] 31-Jan-2018 10:00:00 / by Greg James posted in PSD2, E-money, Compliance, Payment services, GDPR, FINTECH

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3 Approaches FinTechs Are Using to Create a Competitive Advantage

[fa icon='calendar'] 04-Oct-2017 12:59:16 / by Jamie Cooke posted in Payment services, FINTECH

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Emerging Payment Awards Demonstrate Maturing Fintech Market

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Aug-2017 10:22:10 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Payment services, FINTECH

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Last week the Emerging Payments Association announced the finalists for this year’s Emerging Payments Awards. With more than 200 entries from payments related businesses around the world, the awards are testimony to the amazing growth this area of FinTech is experiencing.

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