The FCA has, yesterday, told payment and e-money institutions that they must produce wind-down plans (WDP) as a condition of authorisation. The move is the latest in a chain of measures designed to reinforce the integrity of the UK’s financial system by protecting consumers from undue economic harm in the case of an institution’s collapse.
fscom will be hosting a webinar on what should be included in a regulated firm’s winddown plan to help clients with the complex task of drafting their own. The webinar will be free to join and of interest to clients in the payments and e-money, cryptocurrency, banking and investment sectors.
Payment and e-money institutions have long called for clearer guidance on the FCA’s expectations of how they meet their obligation to protect customers’ funds. Friday week ago, the FCA issued a consultation on temporary guidance they wish to put in place on safeguarding and capital adequacy ‘in light of the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic’.
Brexit talks, which had been postponed due to the pandemic, are to be reconvened today with European Union and British negotiators attempting to salvage the very tight schedule they had set themselves to agree a deal.
An estimated 301 EEA payment and e-money institutions operate in the UK. Below, we set out the key implications to these firms of the transitional period, the Temporary Permissions Regime and we have set out, in an easy to follow question and answer format, what the implications of the deal will be for those offering payment services to UK customers.
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.
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.
In a world where everything is becoming more complex, today's consumers are seeking financial services providers who can simplify their lives. Solutions that are seamless and personalised are the top choice for consumers. In fact, 63% of consumers expect personalisation as a standard of service. In this blog, Alison Donnelly talks about this expectation from our tech savvy consumers, and how credit unions can fulfil these expectations through Open Banking.
Around this time last year we published a blog on REP018, discussing the reporting obligation and who had to submit. Just to recap, REP018 is the name the FCA has given to the reporting return for the operational and security risk assessment that all payment service providers (PSPs) must submit to their regulator at least once a year, or more often as the regulator directs. Most other regulators, including the Central Bank of Ireland, simply refer to the return as the ‘operational and security risk assessment.’