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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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AI for good: Boosting payments compliance with technology

AI has been a hot topic in the financial services sector for some time and the topic keeps gathering momentum. It is clear, AI has many potential use cases, such as: helping firms scale up their business; making better informed strategic business decisions; and supporting the efficient and effective delivery of regulatory compliance to name just a few potential use cases.

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The real battle for the customer begins

In an era where customer focus, innovation, and the challenge of profitable growth take center stage, the payments industry faces a pivotal transformation, signalling the end of ‘easy growth’ for traditional giants

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How leaders are mastering the compliance-innovation tightrope

Leaders of companies operating in the payment technology landscape are well-accustomed to the challenges of complex regulations set by various governing bodies. Whether the companies are established financial institutions or agile fintech start-ups, navigating this terrain requires much effort.

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Big Tech

Is Big Tech a help or hindrance to the payments sector?

Since 2019, the UK’s banking sector has been refunding customers who become victims of authorised push payment (APP) scams, causing heated debate among industry professionals who believe the responsibility should lie elsewhere.
This year, rules laid out by the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) in 2023 will come into force. The rules stipulate that both the sending and receiving firms should hold equal liability when reimbursing fraud victims in most cases. The rules have received widespread criticism from insiders and industry bodies alike. UK Finance has hit out at the PSR’s rules, which avoid the mention of Big Tech in the conversation.

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HSBC Zing

Zing – An attack on payments or a subtle shift?

HSBC’s January launch of Zing, an e-money institution and standalone money transfer app, is something of a strategic departure for the global banking behemoth for a number of reasons.

What it may imply for the bank strategically and what it signals for the future of international money transfers, fees, and product development are all valid questions. The true motivations behind the launch are likely more nuanced than may seem likely at first glance or that the bank may have you believe.

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A new face in a $290 trillion marketplace

2024 will herald much innovation in the payments world, with digital currencies and digital wallets firmly entering the mainstream and grabbing the lion’s share of headlines. However, UNITE Global – a new entrant currently flying somewhat under the radar – could enjoy one of the most impactful debuts for many years to shape the future of a critical payments marketplace.

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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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Year-end 2023 payments quiz

A lot has gone on in the payments sector in the last 12 months, but have you been paying attention? There’s only one way to find out, we’ve devised a quiz to test your mettle below. 

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2023 Payments

Payments landscape 2023: A year in review

Plenty has happened in the payments space over the past 12 months. Landmark legislation has been passed and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) have integrated themselves further, irreversibly changing the way transactions will be made. As the year draws to a close, we take a look at other triumphs and challenges faced by the industry in the past 12 months.

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