This week has seen the Chancellor deliver his Autumn Statement, focussing on several items relevant to financial services. In other news, the FCA has published a financial crime guide for consumer credit firms.

UK

Competition and savings: the regulator’s perspective

Director of Strategy and Competition at the FCA, Christopher Woolard, has delivered a speech at the TISA Annual Conference.

FCA, 25 November 2016

CMA publishes details of enforcement and advocacy outcomes

The CMA has compiled and published the outcomes of its work in Competition Act, consumer enforcement and advocacy cases, the outcomes now being published cover 3 areas:

CMA, 25 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: financial services

The Chancellor Philip Hammond, delivered the Autumn Statement on 23 November which included a number of items relevant to financial services as follows:

  • Insurance linked securities
  • FinTech
  • Pensions scams
  • Consumer insurance markets
  • Credit unions
  • Bank levy reforms

HM Treasury, 23 November 2016

PSR board meeting minutes for September 2016

Minutes of the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) board meeting on 14 September 2016 have been published. Key items of interest include:

  • BoE's real-time gross settlement consultation
  • Future role of the Payments Strategy Forum and the PSR
  • Changes to the PSR Enforcement Governance Committee
  • Competition Decision Committee enforcement

PSR, 23 November 2016

FCA financial crime guide for consumer credit firms

The FCA has published a guide for consumer credit firms that provides high-level guidance on steps to be taken to reduce financial crime risk. The FCA has also published a webcast on financial crime requirements that consumer credit firms can register for on their webpage.

FCA, 21 November 2016

Increasing deposit protection limit, PRA consults

The PRA has published a consultation paper that contains proposals to reset the limit of protection provided by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) to depositors of PRA-authorised firms from £75,000 to £85,000, on 30 January 2017.
PRA, 21 November 2016

Building societies maintain share of lending in slowing mortgage market

The Building Societies Association (BSA) has published a press release announcing the mortgage lending and saving figure for all 44 building societies for the third quarter of 2016.

BSA, 21 November 2016

EU

Second impact assessment of IFRS 9 on EU banks launched by EBA

The EBA has published a press release announcing it has launched a second impact assessment of IFRS 9 on EU banks. This is based on experience gained from the first impact assessment and will build on initial objectives. The sample taken is likely to be of circa 50 institutions across the EU.

EBA, 24 November 2016

Terms of reference of retail banking of the Remedy Implementation Programme Board published

The Competition and Markets Authority has published the terms of reference of the Remedy Implementation Programme Board (RIPB) which was established to assist in the implementation of the remedies resulting from the retail banking market investigation.  The RIPB will meet every four to six weeks, following on from the first meeting which took place on 17 October 2016. The minutes of the first meeting which discussed the terms of reference and progress made have also been published.

CMA, 24 November 2016

Consultation on regulatory fees for 2017/18 from PSR

The Payment Systems Regulator has published a consultation paper on PSR regulatory fees for 2017/18. CP16/53 closes for responses on 16 January 2017 and the FCA has also published a related webpage.

PSR, 24 November 2016

SEPA rulebooks, rules and guidelines updated for November 2016

The European Payments Council has published new version of its SEPA scheme rulebooks. In a press release the EPC explains these will take effect from 19 November 2017 so that participants have a year to adapt their systems to ensure compliance. Existing rulebooks have also been updated to make administrative changes only, which take effect from 24 December 2016.

EPC, 24 November 2016

Consultation on revised guidelines on correspondent banking

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has issued a consultation document on a revised version of its guidelines on correspondent banking. This draft aims to ensure that banks conduct corresponding banking business with the best possible understanding of AML and CTF rules. The consultation closes on 22 February 2017.

BCBS, 23 November 2016

Green Paper on retail financial services adopted

The European Parliament has announced the adopted provisional text of its resolution on the European Commission's Green Paper on retail financial services.

European Parliament, 22 November 2016

FSB updates list of G-SIBs for 2016

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published an updated list of banks recognised as global systemically important banks (G-SIBs)

FSB, 21 November 2016