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SATOSHI GOES TO WASHINGTON : SENATOR TOOMEY ISSUES RFI TO INFORM DIGITAL ASSET LEGISLATION

As we have noted in the past, federal regulation of the digital asset/cryptocurrency/DeFi community is evolving and there are many perspectives on what direction it should take. For instance, earlier this week, the House Democratic leadership and a group of moderate House Democrats agreed to a compromise that would prevent the House of Representatives from amending the Senate-passed “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (H.R. 3684), thereby preserving the bill’s provisions expanding the definition of “broker” under the Internal Revenue Code to apply to various digital asset market participants.

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TAKING BITCOIN TO THE BANK: FDIC SEEKS COMMENTS ON BANK SERVICES FOR DIGITAL ASSETS

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a “Request for Information and Comment on Digital Assets” (RFI) to learn more about the “novel and unique considerations related to digital assets….[g]iven that banks are increasingly exploring the emerging digital asset ecosystem.” A key theme of the RFI is the development of a framework to promote “responsible innovation.”

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Global Open Finance Challenge

Apply today for the Global Open Finance Challenge – a first-of-its-kind virtual event taking place this October and November, which could give you the chance to present your ground-breaking ideas to bank CEOs and industry legends.

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Compliance meets digital

One of the most discussed subjects in the industry today is how digital has transformed banking and financial services. And of course this has been even further amplified by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Netcetera 3DS ACS is Discover Global Network certified

Discover Global Network, an international payment network, certified the Netcetera ACS for Diners Discover Network card transactions. Certified with all major card networks, the access control server improves user experience and promotes secure and frictionless transaction authentication worldwide.

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TrueLayer’s European expansion continues with new Dublin HQ

European HQ established in Dublin due to its position as a global centre for financial services innovation, thriving technology scene and access to skilled talent. HQ led by former WhatsApp and Facebook Executive, Joe Morley, TrueLayer’s Vice President and General Manager for Europe and new Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Leigh-Anne Cotter.

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Modulr Pulse Webinar: Fast-tracking financial technology innovation

Modulr has recently conducted the research  Laggards vs Leaders: Fast-tracking financial technology innovation from 280+ interviews and surveys of CEOs and leaders at financial institutions has brought to light how financial service innovators are responding to the post-pandemic world and how they give great customer experiences.

This upcoming digital event taking place on 16 September at 10 AM BST is on the same theme bringing together financial services leaders from EverUp, Crypterium and Paysafe to explore how to fast-track financial technology innovation.

During the 45-minute live webinar, we will share with you: 

-The 3 key challenges faced by today’s FinTechs and non-banks
-The tips and recommendations on how to overcome those challenges
-The 5-point plan to fast-track payments innovation to give great customer experiences

As an attendee, you can expect an exclusive access to valuable recommendations and a chance to ask the speakers any questions you might have.

Secure your place for the webinar here: https://landing.modulrfinance.com/fast-tracking-financial-technology-innovation-webinar

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Digital Payments Whitepaper: Is This Really Goodbye to Cash?

The fast, frictionless payment transactions experienced by consumers are influencing B2B customer expectations and driving payments digitisation. Find out about the main drivers and the unexpected benefits for businesses in this new whitepaper by Accuity, a LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Company.

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HMT confirms introduction of new financial promotions gateway

On 22 June 2021, HM Treasury (HMT) confirmed that it will take forward legislation to introduce a gateway for the approval of financial promotions of unauthorised persons. Once the gateway is in place, only firms which have successfully applied to the FCA to approve financial promotions will be permitted to approve the financial promotions of unauthorised persons.

Compliance with regulatory requirements regarding the approval of financial promotions has been a recent supervisory concern for the FCA, especially in circumstances where the products being marketed are complex and targeted at the retail market, and the FCA has issued a number of letters and publications setting out concerns and guidance for authorised firms approving financial promotions

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Dark Money Conference 2021: 15-17 September

Register today for your place at fscom’s ‘The Dark Money Conference 2021’, taking place over 3 half days from 15-17 September 2021, with 20% OFF exclusive to Payments Association members using the promo code DMCPayments Association20.

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Finally, a real alternative to cards

For e-commerce and contact centre payments, cards have been the only payment option but are costly to businesses and increasingly difficult to use for consumers. Open banking regulation and technologies has created new options for businesses

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Monzo Could Be Gonzo After Regulatory Investigation

Monzo Bank has been in financial danger for some time and now, in its latest annual report, has admitted that the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is investigating it for its compliance or otherwise with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.

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Currencycloud embedded finance research

Currencycloud is working with partners to research and write a report on the current state of embedded finance and the future trends of what to expect in the coming years. As you are an expert in the industry, we’d love to capture your thoughts. Please complete our survey, it should take no more than 3-5 minutes.

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Nearly £1m in additional revenue generated by fintechs who outsource to specialists

Moorwand, a payments solution provider, today launched a report that reveals fintechs who outsource to specialist partners generate nearly £1m in additional revenue.
The report ‘Specialists vs. generalists: How do fintechs fuel growth?’ explores why and how fintechs outsource to third parties, the importance of outsourcing for fintech growth, and the impact of working with specialists or generalists on fintech businesses.

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Monneo Launches First Multi-Currency Merchant Settlement Solution for Acquirers to Streamline International Payments

Monneo, a virtual IBAN and eCommerce bank account provider, has announced its new Multicurrency merchant settlement solution. This unique solution enables acquirers to receive and distribute settlements to their merchants through the Monneo platform. The service will help make transactions across borders and currencies easier and quicker, which is vital for acquirers that operate in different verticals.

Many acquirers, PSPs and Payment Facilitators face challenges when distributing funds to merchants across borders, and this unique service will help make settlements easier and quicker to send out. This is yet another example of how fintech innovation is helping to solve problems relating to cross border payments and underbanked eCommerce verticals.

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