Tagged: financial conduct authority

Amigo Shares Sink as Judge Rejects Sub-Prime Lender’s Plan to Address Mis-selling Loans

A UK court has rejected a plan to address mis-selling by sub-prime lender Amigo (AMGO.L) causing shares to sink by 50%. Amigo offers loans to individuals from £2,000 – £10,000 over terms between 12 and 60 months, with a maximum APR of 49.9%. In 2020,… Read More

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Postpones Implementation of Strong Customer Authentication by Another 6 Months

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be postponing the implementation of strong customer authentication (SCA) rules by another 6 months in order to minimize disruption for individual consumers and merchants. First scheduled for release in September 2019, the SCA guidelines – which require a… Read More

Dear CEO: FCA Cautions Fintechs on Clarity in Consumer Protection

Earlier this week, the UK Financial Conduct Authority issued a “Dear Chief Executive” letter to payment and e-money firms warning about adequate disclosure when it comes to affiliated risk and consumer money. Some Fintechs provide similar services as banks while not being fully regulated as… Read More

Buy Now Pay Later Services Pose Serious Risks to Consumers, May have Unclear Terms and Conditions: Report

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services are becoming increasingly popular across the globe. The BNPL market is valued at around £2.7 billion in the United Kingdom. Although postponing payments might appear to be useful for security and in many instances provides other benefits depending on… Read More

UK FCA Shares Plans for New Consumer Duty, Will Aim to Offer Greater Consumer Protection for Retail Financial Markets

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has shared plans for a new Consumer Duty, which will aim to provide a greater level of consumer protection for retail financial markets for companies to follow. UK companies are currently required to adhere to FCA guidelines and various… Read More

Major UK Retailers and Business Organizations Commit to Cash-Friendly Pledge from Which?

Thousands of UK supermarkets and other retail outlets have reportedly committed to a “cash-friendly” pledge from Which?, an expert testing, reviewing, and advice service. According to the terms of the pledge, retailers are guaranteeing that they will keep taking physical currency notes and coins as… Read More

Cash Still King? UK FCA Says 5 Million Still Count on Cash for Majority of Transactions

In a digital world, physical cash still counts. A lot, according to UK regulators. A speech delivered today by Sheldon Mills, Executive Director for Consumers and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), he revealed that 5 million individuals still count on the pound sterling… Read More

UK Fintech Lanistar, a Much-Hyped and Controversial New Venture, Acquires FCA Approval

UK-based Fintech firm Lanistar, the much-hyped and controversial business venture that has previously claimed it’s owned by some of the “world’s most influential people,” has revealed that it’s managed to acquire the FCA’s approval to serve as an Electronic Money Directive (EMD) agent of payments… Read More

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Recommends that Pension Providers “Nudge” Consumers to Pension Wise for Guidance before Accessing Savings

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed (on May 4, 2021) updated rules that will require pension providers to “nudge” consumers to Pension Wise so they can benefit from guidance prior to accessing their defined contribution pension savings. This reportedly includes booking an appointment… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Discussion Paper on Financial Promotion. Crowdfunding, Crypto, P2P Lending Addressed

Following a Call for Input (CFI) that sought feedback on the promotion of consumer investments, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its proposal designed to safeguard retail investors.  The proposals in the Discussion Paper (DP) may impact new asset classes such as investment… Read More

UK Bank NatWest Says No to Businesses that Accept Crypto: Report

UK bank NatWest is saying no to crypto. According to a report, business users that accept crypto, like Bitcoin, may be refused access to the bank’s services. As reported by the Guardian, NatWest BoardMember Morten Friis, who is head of the Risk Committee, explained during… Read More

UK’s FCA Appoints Sacha Sadan as Director ESG, Ian Alderton as CIO, Ian Phoenix as Director, Intelligence and Digital

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed Sacha Sadan to serve as its Director of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). Ian Alderton has been appointed by the financial regulator as Chief Information Officer while Ian Phoenix will work as Director, Intelligence and Digital. Nikhil… Read More

FCA Chief Executive, Nikhil Rathi, Updates on UK Fintech

Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), delivered a speech yesterday during a presentation at UK Fintech Week. Entitled, Levelling the playing field – Rathi provided perspective on innovation in financial services. He said that in 2019, Fintech revenue rose to… Read More

Gavin Waddell from Modulr Shares Insights on How Fintech Helps Firms “Harness the Power” of Cryptocurrency

Modulr, a Payments as a Service API Platform for digital businesses, has shared insights on how Fintech firms can “harness the power” of cryptocurrency. Gavin Waddell from Modulr writes in a blog post that digital currencies have “shaken up” the financial world. Innovation is “the… Read More

Digital Payments Platform Wirex Temporarily Pauses New UK Customer Recruiting

      Digital payments platform Wirex announced on Wednesday it is temporarily pausing to recruit new UK customers. According to Wirex, the temporary pause follows constructive dialogue with UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Wirex further revealed that as part of the pause, it… Read More

Cryptoassets: Hey Teachers, Don’t Leave Us Kids Alone

CryptoUK issued a clarion call to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK financial and anti-money laundering (AML) regulator, demanding that FCA grant licenses as prescribed by AML rules.  Too many applications have gone unanswered since those rules came into effect over one year ago. … Read More

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Platform Bybit Set to Suspend Services to UK Customers

Bybit, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, announced on Friday it is set to suspend its services to UK customers in order to comply with the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) ban on cryptocurrency derivatives. Last summer, the FCA published its final rules banning the sale of derivatives… Read More

Currencycloud Says the Days of Unrestricted EU Market Access for UK Firms are Over, Explains how to Approach New Business Environment

Currencycloud, a cross-border payment platform, notes in a blog post that UK businesses have been struggling to deal with various issues ever since the country voted in 2016 to leave the European Union (EU). While the agreement reached between the United Kingdom and European Union… Read More

Overfunding: UK P2P Lender JustUs Secures Over £1.3M in Capital to Disrupt Lending with Better Crowdfunded Financial Products

UK-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lender JustUs says it aims to “disrupt” the lending landscape and become an established provider of crowdfunded financial products for consumers with the JustUs ISA. To undertake Peoples Mortgages, JustUs noted that it will be “required to gain regulatory approval which is… Read More

FCA Returns £3.42 Million from Digital Wealth Limited Scam

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has obtained High Court Approval to return £3.42 million to victims of an unauthorized deposit-taking and collective investment schemes. The FCA states that Digital Wealth Limited, aka Digital Wealth Society (DWS), and Outsourcing Express Limited (OEL)… Read More

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