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The shape of things to come – Govt response to the Payments Landscape Review

Online Published Date : 09 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

In just ten years, we have transitioned from transacting mainly in cash to using cards for most payments, with an increasingly significant proportion of this business taking place with contactless cards as well as mobile and electronic wallets. Charlotte Hill and Ahmed Razzaq examine the latest output from the Government on the future of the UK payments regulatory landscape.

British Steel pension transfers – another mis-selling crucible

Online Published Date : 13 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

Some £2.8 billion in transfers out of the British Steel Pension Scheme has passed through the hands of advisers, leaving most of these clients worse off. Though the “greed” of advisers may be the most egregious factor here, the Government and the regulator have also played roles in this sorry saga. Neasa MacErlean sifts through the debris.

Value for money – the new regulatory focus

Online Published Date : 13 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

Financial services firms are having to do a great deal of work on assessing the value of their products, units in their funds, along with pension arrangements. Such assessments are inherently difficult and imprecise, but Adam Samuel hopes the FCA will hold its nerve and extend this approach across the entire regulatory landscape.

LIBOR’s last throes

Online Published Date : 13 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

The scandal-ridden interest rate benchmark ceases from much of its legal usage at the end of December 2021, but some interim arrangements as well as various litigation risks pertaining to the transition will linger a few more years. Johnny Shearman explains.

I’ll be watching you: themes from the FCA supervisory letters

Online Published Date : 13 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

In recent years, the Financial ConductAuthority has taken to publishing the letters it sends to CEOs of firms withinspecific supervision ‘buckets’, setting out where it sees the key risks of harmin their sector, where it expects firms to focus their efforts – and, in turn,what the FCA supervisors will be honing in on in their visits. The lettersshould not only serve as a useful overview of the regulator’s views, but alsoput firms on notice that any perceived breaches in circumstances where the FCAfeels its warnings have been ignored will be taken seriously. Emma Radmorelooks at themes from a selection of letters from the past year, addressed todifferent sectors of the market.

Plethora of red flags went unheeded by Credit Suisse in tuna-bond scandal

Online Published Date : 13 December 2021 | Appeared in issue: Vol 34 No 4 - 12 November 2021

The investment bank insufficiently prioritised its response to the very real threat of financial crime and focussed on individual factors rather than considering the risks in aggregate or holistically. Add to this inadequate staffing, poor systems, along with lack of challenge, and the bank is forfeiting many millions in fines again. Denis O’Connor scrutinises the final notice.