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A new year; a new payments landscape?

[fa icon='calendar'] 12-Jan-2018 23:40:13 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services

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To some, 13 January and the implementation of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will be a significant milestone in their business’s path. They will be joining the community of the regulated financial services sector, which means that their owners and managers take on significant additional liability and are subject to a new level of scrutiny. They will have to meet certain standards and requirements ranging from the information they must give their customers to the type of insurance they must hold (in the case of the payment initiation and account information service providers) to how they treat client money (for authorised payment and e-money institutions and small e-money institutions).

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PSD2 spells the end of surcharges

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Dec-2017 15:16:41 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, Compliance, Payment services

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When does a great deal turn out to be not such a great deal? When a credit card surcharge is added right at the end. Such hidden surcharges will be a thing of the past, mostly, come mid-January when the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is implemented.

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The RTGS game changer for payment and e-money institutions

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Dec-2017 16:58:42 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Payment services

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Following on from my previous blog post, where I looked at the UK’s current and future payments architecture, one of the most interesting developments identified at the Project Regulator event that could be a game changer for payment and e-money institutions concerns the UK’s interbank real time gross settlement (RTGS) system.

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Improving the UK's payment systems

[fa icon='calendar'] 20-Nov-2017 09:53:52 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Compliance, Payment services

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Last week, Project Regulator, which I lead on behalf of the Emerging Payments Association, hosted a special briefing on the new payments architecture organised by the inspirational and indefatigable, Anne Pieckielon, Director of Product and Strategy at bacs.

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PSD2 questions and answers

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Oct-2017 15:52:21 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, Payment services

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The gateway for PSD2 applications opens today. About 500 authorised payment institutions and e-money institutions and 150 payment initiation and account information service providers are expected to submit applications to the FCA over the next few months in order to be authorised by 13 January (in the case of payment initiation and account information service providers) or re-authorised by 12 July in the case of those firms already authorised.

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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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GDPR: business headache or business opportunity?

[fa icon='calendar'] 24-Sep-2017 19:51:47 / by James Donnelly posted in E-money, Payment services, GDPR

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If you are a CEO, board member or otherwise involved in delivering a business strategy or IT you probably feel like you are walking around with a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) gremlin hanging on your back. It’s whispering the words ‘consent’, ‘processing’, ‘big fines’ and lets no forget  ‘privacy statement’ into your ears day in, day out and as May 2018 approaches that soft whisper may start to feel like it’s becoming louder and more aggressive. The gremlin is feeding on continuous marketing emails, blogs (but hopefully not mine!) and newsletters arriving in your inbox with the nightmare scenarios for your company if you don’t get a move on and turn your business into a GDPR paradise. Employing their services to do so, of course.

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FCA focus on CF10 personal responsibility

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Sep-2017 11:28:28 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Compliance, Payment services

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The competence and capability expected of holders of the compliance function has been brought into sharp focus by two final notices issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this summer. One holder of the compliance function (the CF10), was fined £75,000 for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence in performing his compliance oversight role. The other, a would-be compliance officer, had his application for CF10 and the money laundering reporting function (CF11) refused on the grounds of ‘competence and capability’.

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PSD2 and MiFID II briefing events

[fa icon='calendar'] 01-Sep-2017 09:27:28 / by Rachel Stevenson posted in E-money, Payment services

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We will be explaining everything payment and e-money institutions need to know about getting re-authorised under PSD2 and the impact of MiFID II on fx forward business in two separate briefings on 12 September. 

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There's an ICAAP to fit everyone; so wear it!

[fa icon='calendar'] 16-Aug-2017 15:19:32 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, FCA, Compliance, Payment services, ICAAP, BIPRU, IFPRU

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Last year, the FCA sent a 'Dear CEO' letter about ICAAP. For those who don't know, the ICAAP is a process a firm follows to assess the risks it’s facing currently and in the foreseeable future and calculate an amount of capital it should hold as a buffer against those risks.

The letter was a warning that the exercise shouldn't be a quick totting up of sums without any real engagement in the process. It went only to IFPRU investment firms, though BIPRU firms also have to do ICAAPs. Payment and e-money institutions don't have to do an ICAAP but as those who are tackling their re-authorisation application know, PSD2 places strong emphasis on understanding and managing risks. 

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