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Fintech Week in Review: Week of August 9, 2019

U.S. Developments Federal Reserve to Build Real-Time Payments System After years of speculation, the Federal Reserve announced this week it will create a real-time payments system, which it expects to be live by 2023 or 2024. The system, the FedNow Service, was announced by Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard during a speech at the Federal … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of August 2, 2019

U.S. Developments FinCEN and Others Issue Joint Statement on BSA/AML Examinations The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and several other federal banking regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, issued a joint statement on … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of July 26, 2019

U.S. Developments Regulatory Developments House Task Force Looks to Allow Alternative Data for Credit Scoring A newly formed U.S. House of Representatives task force, the Financial Technology Task Force, held a hearing this week to discuss a proposed bill that would allow new types of data to appear on consumer credit reports, including items like … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of May 6–10, 2019

CFPB Proposes Changes to Debt Collector Rules On May 7, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) detailed a plan to update the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The proposed rule would reduce the number of phone calls collectors can make to debtors, while providing clarity as to how collectors can use other communication methods, … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of April 29 – May 3, 2019

U.S. Developments Regulatory Updates OCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Innovation Pilot Program The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) is soliciting public comment on its proposed Innovation Pilot Program. Similar to state-level regulatory sandbox models, the proposed program would allow OCC-supervised financial institutions, including those working with third-party vendors, to apply to test … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of April 8-12, 2019

FinTech Issues Discussed at SEC Speaks Conference At Practicing Law Institute’s annual SEC Speaks conference, SEC leadership and staff showcased the agency’s 2018 successes and outlined upcoming initiatives. Highlights in the cryptocurrency and FinTech industries included the SEC’s analytical framework for digital assets, published last week by the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of April 1 – 5

U.S. Developments Regulatory Updates New Rules for Prepaid Cards, Digital Wallets, and P2P Transfer Apps Become Effective As reported in this blog last year, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) created a final rule implementing the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“Regulation E”) and the Truth in Lending Act (“Regulation Z”). Originally released in October … Continue Reading

ISDA Publishes Guidelines for Smart Derivatives Contracts

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published the first in a series of guidelines for what it colloquially refers to as “smart derivatives contracts” (the Guidelines).* A smart derivatives contract is a derivative that incorporates software code to automate aspects of the derivative transaction and operates on a distributed ledger, such as a … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of October 29 – November 2

U.S. Developments Regulatory Updates  FinCEN Issues Advisory on FATF’s Updated Recommendations On October 31, FinCEN published an advisory on the international Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) updated list of jurisdictions with serious regulatory deficiencies in anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). The advisory focused on North Korea (DPRK) and Iran, and FinCEN … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review – Week of October 8-12

International Developments Policy Updates IMF and World Bank Launch Bali FinTech Agenda On October 11, 2018, the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) and the World Bank Group launched the Bali FinTech Agenda, “a set of 12 policy elements aimed at helping member countries to harness the benefits and opportunities of rapid advances in financial technology that … Continue Reading

Federal Bank Regulators Issue Joint Statement on Collaborative BSA/AML Compliance

On October 3, 2018, a group of federal bank regulators and FinCEN announced in a joint statement that banks and credit unions could collaborate and share resources to manage their Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and anti-money laundering (“AML”) obligations.  A collaborative arrangement does not modify or abrogate any of the bank’s BSA/AML obligations, and the … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review – Week of September 24-28

The following is a summary of Fintech specific related topics, for the Blockchain Week in Review, please visit our sister blog post at the Virtual Currency Report. Roundup of CFTC Resources The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on September 20, 2018 that it would hold an open meeting on September 27, 2018 to discuss fintech cooperation agreements, … Continue Reading

Fintech Week in Review: Week of September 10-17, 2018

The following is a summary of Fintech specific related topics, for the Blockchain Week in Review, please visit our sister blog post at the Virtual Currency Report. State Bank Regulators and NYDFS to renew litigation against OCC On September 12, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) announced that it would renew litigation efforts in opposition to the … Continue Reading

Fintech in Review – Week of August 20 – 24, 2018

The following is a summary of Fintech specific related topics, for the Blockchain Week in Review, please visit our sister blog post at the Virtual Currency Report. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces FinTech Innovation Initiative The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released “FinTech Innovation Initiative: Bridging the Gap Between Tech and D.C.”  The document includes a number of guiding … Continue Reading
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