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FCA crackdown on high-risk retail investment products

7th May 2021

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is stepping up its efforts to protect retail investors by  encouraging caution around “inappropriate high-risk”. As a result, the FCA released a discussion paper seeking market views on the classification of high-risk investments, the segmentation of the high-risk investment...
Exclusive live interview with Ron Kalifa

6th May 2021

Don't miss this exciting behind the scenes look at the UK Fintech Strategic Kalifa Review. Ron Kalifa, OBE, was invited by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to lead this independent Fintech Strategic review for the UK. Join us on May 13 at 1.30pm BST for the livestream. Register for your complimentary spot here. Discussion points include: ...
SEC clampdown on SPACs to bring maturity to market

4th May 2021

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)’s latest accounting and reporting considerations for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) will improve the maturity of the market, according to Betsy Cohen, chairman at FinTech Masala. However, Cohen said fintech SPAC activity had slowed down following the regulator’s announcement...
Banking tech market updates: Microsoft and Mastercard in new strategic partnerships

23rd April 2021

On April 22, US Fintech Ally announced a partnership with Microsoft to advance quantum computing in the financial services industry. The strategic relationship will leverage the latest research on quantum-inspired algorithms to understand how it can be applied in a broader commercial use. On April 21, London-based financial services company...
A surge in payments trends: FIs forced to pivot quickly during pandemic

22nd April 2021

The increased demand for contactless payments during the pandemic meant financial institutions had to pivot quickly to asses market structures and what features and products to prioritise, according to Sajni Shah, co-head of product at Starling Bank. The first quarter of 2020 saw a larger shift towards digital payments in 10 weeks than in the...
Survey: Volatility in investment banking explored

22nd April 2021

While markets have broadly recovered from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty about the future and volatility has remained. At Bobsguide, we’re looking to hear from market participants to understand how volatility is affecting the outlook for investment banking in 2021. Your contribution to this survey will be crucial in...
Yellen, Sunak push for transparency around climate financing

22nd April 2021

As President Joe Biden is set to host a two-day climate summit starting today, the US treasury secretary and UK chancellor stressed the need for financial services to adopt and invest in sustainable finance. “The Biden administration is taking a whole of government approach to aggressively tackle climate change”, said Janet Yellen,...
Paytech market updates: Paypal, Afterpay and Stripe lead innovations

20th April 2021

On April 19, payments platform Stripe launched its Stripe Issuing service in 20 European countries allowing businesses to design, create and manage their own cards. The service is popular among US business customers and will give European business users more control in how and where their money is spent. On April 9, the Inter-American...
Finding the right technology partner for your innovation roadmap

20th April 2021

Consumers today are in the driving seat. Bolstered by the incoming waves of digital natives and growing digital confidence among boomers and Gen X consumers, the banking and commerce landscapes are changing fast – and all organisations need to evolve to remain relevant. Traditional financial institutions are mindful of the need to...
AIC: Regulators must act on Esma review

13th April 2021

Action must be taken following the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma)’s review into Ucits liquidity risk management and market practices which identified shortcomings in documentation, procedures and how methodologies are compiled. “Without effective regulation in the UK and Europe to ensure more realistic assessments...