As a result of the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak, The Bank of England (BoE) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have announced several measures seeking to reduce potential operational stresses on both PRA-regulated firms and Bank-regulated financial market infrastructures to allow them to continue providing crucial functions essential for the economy.
I delivered a training session on capital adequacy last week. The irony of delivering the session on the cusp of such a capital-stressful situation was clear to all in the room and many subsequent conversations focused on the steps that these payment and e-money institutions were, and would be, taking to deal with the crisis.
In a blog last week, our Managing Director, Jamie Cooke, commented on the business continuity measures that firms should take in light of the pandemic. In this post, I will set out what payment and e-money institutions are doing (and should be doing) as they brace for the pandemic.
In response to the Covid-19 situation, which saw many UK financial institutions enacting their contingency plans, the FCA issued a statement yesterday setting out their expectations on firms.
Crown Currency Exchange, a business based in Cornwall that sold currency mainly to consumers for holiday spending but was also a small payment institution, collapsed on 4 October 2010 owing £22 million to more than 12,000 customers. In the days and weeks that followed there were, naturally, many angry questions put to the government and the regulator, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), by those who lost money and their representatives as to why this was able to happen.
The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), which celebrates collaboration and innovation within new and existing finance companies, has published its first report to address the issues from the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).
The report, made up of six contributed articles from leading industry figures, also gives practical feedback for the next iteration of the directive. The paper has been launched in response to growing frustrations within the payments industry regarding Payment Service Providers’ (PSPs) inability to keep up with the ever-evolving legislation laid out by regulatory bodies.
Authorised push payment (APP) scams were a hot topic in 2019 with the authorities taking a series of three coordinated actions to push down on APP fraud. One measure, a change in the remit of the financial ombudsman, has been in place for a full year now but, in response to our freedom of information request, the Financial Ombudsman Service has told us that they do not capture data in such a way that enables them to tell us whether anyone has made use of the new right.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is taking every opportunity to warn payment and e-money institutions over “unacceptable” practices in safeguarding client funds, as well as around risk governance and financial management.