Included in this issue: UKRN final report on price comparison websites; Five million Brits cancelled credit cards following fraud last year; Disruption in payments facing finance industry and more...


UK

UKRN final report on price comparison websites

The UK Regulators Network (UKRN) has published a final report on price comparison websites. This report indentifies the benefits for consumers of price comparison websites, the potential risks that could undermine their effectiveness, reviews the regulatory approach to dealing with such risks and explores how price comparison websites may develop in the near future.

UKRN, 27 September 2016

FCA speech - Balancing regulatory objectives in consumer credit market

The FCA has published a speech made by Jonathan Davidson, FCA Director of Supervision - Retail and Authorisations, on the subject of balancing regulatory objectives in the consumer credit market.

FCA, 27 September 2016

PSR receives super-complaint from Which? on safeguards in the market for push payments

The Payment Systems Regulator has received a super-complaint from Which? on safeguards in the market for push payments. Which? is concerned that when consumers are tricked into transferring money to a fraudster via a ‘push’ payment (such as when the consumer instructs their bank to send money) there is not an appropriate level of protection compared to other types of payment.

Payment Systems Regulator, 23 September 2016

Speech on combating financial crime from FCA

The FCA has published a speech by Megan Butler, FCA Executive Director of Supervision – Investment, Wholesale and Specialists concerning: "What makes for an effective approach to combating financial crime". The speech was addressed to banks at the British Banker's Association Financial Crime and Sanctions Conference.

FCA, 22 September 2016

Five million Brits cancelled credit cards following fraud last year

A new survey has shown that one in ten adults had to replace their cards following a cyber attack or identify fraud last year, suggesting that the scale of fraud in the UK is higher than previously thought. The average loss in each case of fraud was £475. Some websites of the UK's largest companies have experienced data breaches in the last two years.

Daily Mail, 19 September 2016

WORLDWIDE

Disruption in payments facing finance industry

Once a backwater of finance, payments now faces a period of great disruption. Growth spurts have been created by the trend for people to increasingly pay for more things on mobile devices and also buy online, but at the same time there is uncertainty around the future of traditionally dominant players like banks and credit card companies. A growing number of "fintech" start up companies are offering the customer faster, cheaper and easier services, often using blockchain, and challenging traditional supremacy.

Financial Times, 26 September 2016

Currency markets could be reshaped by bitcoin technology

Companies providing payment systems to banks are unveiling distributed ledger products which could see bitcoin-inspired technology making its way into foreign-exchange markets and lowering the costs of cross-border transactions.

Wall Street Journal, 27 September 2016

ECB 2015 Payments statistics

The European Central Bank has published payment statistics for 2015 including volumes and values of transactions processed through payment systems.

ECB, September 2016

EBA consultation paper on fee terminology and disclosure documents under PAD

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published a consultation paper on draft technical standards on fee terminology and disclosure under the Payments Accounts Directive. The paper sets out the following three draft technical standards:

  • Draft Regulatory Technical Standards setting out the standardised terminology for services common to at least a majority of member states
  • Information Document and its common symbol
  • Draft Implementing Technical Standards relating to a standardised presentation format of the Statement of Fees and its common symbol

The consultation will close on 22 December 2016.Draft Implementing Technical Standards relating to a standardised presentation format on the Fee

EBA, 22 September 2016

Key contacts

Amanda Hulme

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Partner, Head of Financial Regulation
London

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Fiona Ghosh

Fiona Ghosh

Partner, Commercial
United Kingdom

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Bruce Kilpatrick

Bruce Kilpatrick

Partner, Head of Competition
London

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William James

William James

Partner, Corporate
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