Tagged: financial conduct authority

FCA Helps Take Bitcoin Mainstream – While Admitting It Does Not Understand It

Appearing on the BBC’s news flagship Newsnight the head of the UK’s regulator, the  FCA’s  Andrew Bailey, has drawn mainstream attention to Bitcoin and the world of cryptocurrencies while admitting that they have yet to understand what he called an ‘odd commodity’. While  the BBC’s… Read More

Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Regulatory Considerations for ICOs

Buried within the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Distributed Ledger Technology (IE Blockchain) Feedback Statement on an earlier discussion paper was a section dedicated to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and regulatory requirements. The FCA, like much of the rest of the world, is seeking to enable… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Feedback Statement on Blockchain

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a feedback statement on distributed ledger technology (DLT) or Blockchain.  The document comes following an earlier discussion paper published in April designed to commence a dialogue between interested parties and the regulator. The FCA has now responded to received… Read More

CCAF: Startups & SMEs are Big Beneficiaries of UK Alternative Finance as Market Grows by 43% Year over Year

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), the leading global research institute for all things Fintech, has published its fourth annual survey on UK alternative finance. According to the report, entitled Entrenching Innovation: The 4th UK Alternative Finance Industry Report, the sector of emerging financial… Read More

Fintech Sandbox: Financial Conduct Authority Provides Update on Participants

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has just released an update on their regulatory Sandbox created to help aspiring Fintech firms to navigate the labyrinth of financial services rules. The trailblazing project, which has been replicated around the world, kicked off in 2014 and the… Read More

Following FCA Approval: RateSetter Announces ISA Update

Following the announced it was granted full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), online lending platform RateSetter announced more details about its upcoming Innovation Finance ISA (IFISA). As previously reported, RateSetter, which was launched in 2010, stated it is opening access for everyday investors to… Read More

Lessons Learned: UK FCA Shares Insight into Fintech Sandbox Operation After First Year

Following the first full year of operations of the Fintech Sandbox, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a report outlining lessons learned. The UK has been the trailblazer in the concept of creating a regulatory sandbox to allow innovative financial firms to work… Read More

RateSetter Receives Full Regulatory Authorization From FCA

On Tuesday, peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter announced it received full regulatory authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). While sharing details about the new milestone, Rhydian Lewis, RateSetter CEO and founder, stated: “We are proud to receive full regulatory authorisation from the FCA. We have always aspired to… Read More

The UK Plows Ahead in Implementing PSD2 Compliant Open Banking

On Monday, October 9, Lendit Europe, the event gathering 1000+ representatives of the international fintech and lending scene on the banks of the River Thames, opened with a presentation by Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE, Global Head of FinTech at consultancy firm EY, who spoke about “The… Read More

Insurtech: FCA & Hong Kong Insurance Authority to Cooperate on Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) designed to enhance collaboration in supporting Fintech innovation.  The FCA explains the agreement includes information sharing and mutual referrals of Fintech firms looking to enter into either… Read More

FCA Publishes PSD2 Approach

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published their approach to the EU directive known as PSD2.  This directive defines the requirements for firms that provide payment services and impacts a wide range of financial service firms including Fintechs. PSD2 ostensibly aims to improve consumer… Read More

JustUs Receives Full Authorization From the Financial Conduct Authority

Peer-to-peer lending platform JustUs announced this week it has received full authorization by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The online lender revealed that the full authorization is a pre-requisite to offer the JustUs Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) and registration forms have been submitted to HMRC… Read More

Assetz Capital Receives Full FCA Authorization, Now Second Largest UK P2P Lender

Assetz Capital, one of the largest peer-to-peer lending platforms in the UK, has announced it has received full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  Additionally, Assetz Capital has claimed second place in the ranking of UK’s largest P2P lenders as it reports lending in excess… Read More

ThinCats Receives Full Authorization By the Financial Conduct Authority

ThinCats, an alternative lending industry leader, announced on Tuesday it has received full authorization by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). According to the online lender, the approval highlights its commitment to protecting consumers and also developing the alternative finance industry as a vital source of capital… Read More

FCA Survey: 25% of Regulated Firms Believe FCA is Facilitating Innovation in the UK

In the financial services sector clear and transparent regulation is vital to a healthy marketplace. There is no financial services firm that will take issue with this statement. Yet regulation that balances on the tightrope of an efficient market and investor protection is quite hard…. Read More

FCA Chairman John Griffith-Jones Confirms Departure in 2018

The Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) John Griffith-Jones has confirmed his intent to depart both agencies at the end of his term in March 2018.  Griffith-Jones was appointed as the first FCA Chair in 2013, He became Chair… Read More

FCA Inks Fintech Cooperation Agreement with Hong Kong

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has signed a co-operation agreement with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong. The intent of the agreement is to encourage collaboration that supports Fintech innovation. According to the document, the FCA and SFC will co-operate on information… Read More

Zopa Finally Receives Full FCA Authorisation for Peer to Peer Lending

The first peer to peer lender to launch in the UK back in 2005 has finally received full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Zopa, a trailblazer in the global online lending sector, announced that it has been granted full authorisation for peer-to-peer lending… Read More

On a Mission: FCA Updates Mission & Business Plan, Shares Challenges of Fintech

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released an update this week on both their mission and an accompanying business plan. The lead securities and market regulator, posted its broad strategic objectives, as determined by Parliament; To ensure that relevant markets function well – and three operational… Read More

FCA Publishes Discussion Paper on Blockchain Utilization

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a discussion paper on distributed ledger technology (DLT) also commonly called Blockchain. The document was released today amidst of a flurry of Fintech related news as the Innovate Finance Global Summit kicked off in London.  The FCA… Read More