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FCA: Short Term Lender Uncle Buck Enters Administration

Uncle Buck, a short term or payday lender, has gone into administration due to an action taken by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA posted a notice today that Uncle Buck was “failing to meet the adequate resources Threshold Condition.” The severity of the… Read More

European Authorities to Temporarily Relax MiFID II Financial Regulations for Recording Customer Phone Conversations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced large numbers of professionals to work from home. Europe’s regulatory authorities have decided to temporarily relax MiFID II rules, which may apply when recording telephone conversations. MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) is a legislative framework introduced by… Read More

Fintech Chip Receives FCA Authoritization

Fintech Chip has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as an authorized payment institution. In a release, Chip described the designation as a major milestone with the next step being the introduction of FSCS protected savings accounts. Chip is an app that automatically… Read More

Coronavirus: FCA Issues Guidance on Mortgage Providers, Small Business Lenders

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new guidance for mortgage lenders and administrators and small business lenders. The guidance is in support of programs outlined by the Chancellor earlier this week. Under the plan, borrowers will be able to receive certain relief during… Read More

Fintech: FCA Report Explains Regulatory Sandbox Techsprint Approach

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is widely recognized as the leading securities regulator when it comes to fostering Fintech innovation. The FCA has engendered an innovation-friendly ecosystem due to multiple operational characteristics but one of them, the Regulatory Sandbox, has been emulated widely around… Read More

UK’s FCA Issues Warning Against “Unauthorized” Services Being Offered By BitMEX, a Crypto Derivatives Exchange

The United Kingdom’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), recently warned local consumers about the operations of the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), a virtual currency derivatives exchange. According to a notice published by the FCA on March 3, 2020, the independent financial regulator noted… Read More

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Reports that Number of Suspicious Transactions and Order Reports Decreased for the First Time in 2019

The United Kingdom’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), reports that the number of suspicious or potentially fraudulent transactions and order reports (STORs) recorded by the agency have decreased for the first time since it began recording them in 2016 Last year, the FCA… Read More

London-based Meniga, a White-Label Digital Banking Solution Developer, Registers as Account Service Provider with the FCA

London-based Meniga, an established white-label digital banking solution provider, recently confirmed that it had managed to register as an Account Information Service Provider with the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Meniga has considerable experience working in the Nordic region with non-traditional financial… Read More

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Is Planning to Hire Professional with Background in Crypto and Blockchain

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is reportedly planning to recruit a specialist with a professional background in blockchain and cryptocurrency-related businesses. The FCA says it wants to hire an intelligence associate with experience working in the digital asset industry, in order… Read More

Crypto Focused BCB Group Announces Receipt of Authorized Payment Institution License from the UK Financial Conduct Authority

BCB Group, a global digital financial services firm, has announced that its operating subsidiary, BCB Payments Limited, has received an Authorised Payment Institution (API) license from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). BCB says this is the first and only crypto-focused Authorised Payment Institution. BCB… Read More

Austrlia’s Digital Banks Xinja, Judo Bank, 86 400 Attracting Millions in Savings After Launching High Interest Rate Accounts

Australia-based digital banks Xinja, Judo Bank and 86 400 have been attracting millions of dollars worth of savings from the nation’s banking clients after the introduction of their high interest rate accounts. Traditional industry players like ANZ, Westpac, NAB and Commonwealth Bank have reportedly lost… Read More

Competition Chief Christopher Woolard Selected as Interim Chief Executive of Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Conduct Authority’s Executive Director of Strategy and Competition, Christopher Woolard, has been selected as the Interim Chief Executive of the FCA. HM Treasury announced the appointment today as current FCA Chief Executive Andrew Bailey has been tapped to take over the role of… Read More

Bank of England and FCA to Introduce Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Forum

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Bank of England (BoE) will reportedly be running a public/private forum that will go into the relevant technical and public policy issues related to bank adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies and software…. Read More

As Bad as Payday Lenders: FCA Chastises Banks’ Overdraft Fees, Provides New Rules on Overdrafts

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is introducing new rules regarding overdraft fees that impact consumers. The new rules expect to benefit 70% of the population as banks will now be required to charge a simple annual interest rate, without any additional fees or charges beginning… Read More

SteadyPay, an FCA-Licensed Gig Economy App, Secures £2.9 Million via Seed Equity and Debt Funding Round

SteadyPay, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) licensed gig-economy app, has secured £2.9 million (appr. $3.8 million) through a seed equity and debt funding round. The firm’s equity investment was led by venture capital company Hambro Perks and Fair By Design, the social impact fund launched… Read More

UK-based Fintech Zeux Introduces Savings-like Account Offering 5% Interest Rate, Supports BTC and ETH

UK-based Fintech Zeux has introduced a safe, Easy Access Money Pot, which is a mobile-based platform that awards app users 5% interest (at the annual equivalent rate or AER). The Easy Access Money Pot, which aims to be an alternative to traditional savings accounts, has… Read More

Not Good Enough: UK FCA Says Competition for Savers Must be Better, Interest Rates More Transparent

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on the competition for savings and ISA accounts. The FCA has previously raised concerns regarding interest rates paid to consumers who tend to remain with a financial institution even though their money may generate a… Read More

Beginning Next Week, the FCA Expects “Cryptoasset Businesses” to Be Compliant Under AML/CFT Rules

Starting on Friday, January 10, 2020, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) expects all “cryptoasset businesses” (IE VASPs, Digital Asset firms etc.) to be compliant under Anti-money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) rules. The FCA is the main securities regulator in the UK… Read More

FCA CEO Andrew Bailey to Replace Mark Carney as New Governor of Bank of England

Earlier today, the UK government announced its selection Andrew Bailey to replace Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England. Carney’s departure has long been anticipated and, in fact, he extended his tenure at the Bank to help provide an element of stability in… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues “Call for Input” on “Open Finance”

We have all heard about Open Banking, a mandate to require proactive API access to financial services while migrating control of all data and access back to consumers, now we have a movement for “Open Finance.” According to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Open Finance… Read More

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