Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) News

UK Regulator Warns Insurers, Banks About Responsible Use of Customers’ Big Data

Britain’s banks and insurers must take the lead in spelling out how they will use data collected from customers or they could face new rules, Financial Conduct Authority Chair Charles Randell said on Wednesday. Financial firms have been using Big …

Schwarzenegger’s UK Ad Campaign Drives Hike in Claims for Mis-Sold Insurance

Complaints about financial services firms rose by 13 percent in the second half of last year, driven by an increase in grievances about the mis-selling of payment protection insurance after an ad campaign featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Complaints to the Financial …

UK Regulator FCA Calls for Coordination with EU to Assure Smooth Brexit

Britain’s financial watchdog called on Monday for immediate coordination with European Union counterparts to ensure that Brexit is as smooth and stable as possible for markets. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said financial firms should feel comfortable about relying …

Schwarzenegger Is Back – in UK Awareness Campaign About Mis-Sold Insurance

U.K. banks may face more claims for wrongly sold insurance as the country’s markets cop steps up an informational campaign featuring an animatronic head of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Misleading some customers in selling as many as 64 million payment protection insurance …

Bank of England Will Soon Update Insurers, Banks on Latest Brexit Approach

The Bank of England said it would update banks and insurers next week on its approach to Brexit given that Britain and the European Union have now adopted a transition deal. “The Bank of England welcomes the EU Council’s conclusion …

UK Government, Regulators to Examine Potential Risks from Cryptocurrencies

Britain’s government and regulators will look in detail at the potential risks from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, British junior finance minister John Glen said on Monday. Glen said there had been an “explosion of growth” in crypto assets like bitcoin, which …

London’s Future as Financial Center Uncertain Due to Brexit: UK Regulator

London’s future as a global financial center is uncertain because of Brexit and Britain faces a tough task to secure European Union market access for its banks and insurers, a top UK regulator said on Wednesday as he steps down. …

Brexit Transitional Deal Needed by End of March, Says FCA’s Bailey

The head of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority added urgency to Brexit negotiations by saying European governments must reach a transitional agreement for financial services by the end of March to avoid the risks presented by EU departure. Financial contracts …

UK Banks Under-Reporting Successful Cyber Attacks: Regulator

UK banks still aren’t telling regulators about all the cyber attacks on the financial services industry despite a ten-fold increase in reports to the Financial Conduct Authority over the last four years. “Our suspicion is that there’s currently a material …

Update: Messy Brexit Could Lead to ‘Contract Continuity’ Disruption for Insurers, Banks

As far as Brexit headaches go, Barclays Plc’s John McFarlane says that while his bank is on top of job relocations, he’s more concerned about rewriting “hundreds of thousands” of contracts. He’s not alone. Andrew Bailey, head of the U.K. …