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The digital pound: A critical analysis of its evolution and future

Conversations around a digital pound are growing louder as the weeks roll by. With use cases popping up around the globe, is it time Britain followed suit? In a similar fashion to the way coins largely made way for banknotes, digital currency is the next natural progression in the evolution of money, whether consumers like the idea of it or not.

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Stablecoins

Regulation spotlight: Future of UK stablecoin regulation

On 30 October 2023, HM Treasury (HMT) issued its long-awaited policy document on the regulation of fiat-backed stablecoins in the UK. Framed as “Phase 1” of the UK’s approach to cryptoasset regulation, HMT’s paper was quickly followed by discussion papers from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Bank of England (BOE) on the future regulatory approach to such stablecoins.

Although there are a number of steps to go before the stablecoin regime comes into effect (with implementation anticipated in 2025), the 2023 papers give helpful insights into the direction of the new regime.

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An Overview of Buy Now, Pay Later Regulation in the UK, EU, USA, Australia & Singapore

The exponential growth of the eCommerce sector in recent years has fueled demand for easily accessible consumer credit. One of the fastest growing trends in the online payment sphere has been that of Buy Now, Pay Later schemes, with transactions using this payment method growing by 292% between 2018 and 2020, and providers attracting $11bn in venture capital funding in 2021 alone.

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European Payments Initiative: Member Fallout May be Blessing in Disguise, Enabling to Focus on Strengthening Market Foundations, Expert Says

Not that long ago, over half of EPI’s member banks opted out, forcing the remaining members to give up on their efforts to rival Visa and Mastercard dominance in the European market. Local payments expert Frank Breuss argues this may turn out in Europe’s favor, enabling to fill in foundational gaps in the payments industry.

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Buy Now, Pay Later is now regulated in the UK. What does the future hold for the payment method?

Buy Now, Pay Later is a rapidly growing trend in a number of market sectors, including retail, entertainment and travel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, use of the payment scheme increased fourfold in the UK, to the tune of £2.7 billion in transactions.

In this article, I’ll give a brief overview of how BNPL works and the industries where it’s most prevalent, before discussing the recent regulatory changes that have been enacted and what they mean for the future of this popular payment method.

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Risk and cross-border payments: navigating a regulatory and compliance minefield

Tune in to hear our expert panel explore the risks of cross-border payments, discuss how to achieve more efficient and commercially viable compliance processes, and provide a ‘crystal ball’ forecast on regulatory and market opportunities.

Speakers include:
Nkosi Moyo, Head, Global Payments – Mobile Sales, Crown Agents Bank
Robert Wade, Global Head of Cross-Currency Solutions, J.P. Morgan
Livia Benisty, Global Head of AML, Banking Circle
Chryssi Chorafa, Founder & CEO, StarLiX
Kazım Rıfat Özyılmaz, Co-Founder, Arf

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SCA Standards & Regulations Across the Globe

SCA, or Strong Customer Authentication, is not a topic exclusive to the EU (or the PSD2, for that matter). Today, we can see it popping up in financial conversations across the globe. And even though global SCA regulations all share the same stigma of ‘expensive’ and ‘inconvenient’, the need to implement SCA and increase the security level of our authentication systems is as relevant and urgent as ever before. Read on to see what is brewing in the world of payment authentication across the US, Asia, Europe and the Nordics.

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