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The Oligopoly That Controls India’s Credit Cards And E-Wallets May Be Soon Shattered

“This concentration of power is making India’s banking regulator increasingly uncomfortable, especially as the country’s retail payments ecosystem expands rapidly. Not only does the situation put a large number of users at risk if even one company goes under, a select few firms also end up with the personal data, like spending and preferences, of a […]
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Companies

Ant Financial Shifts Focus Away From Finance To Tech Amid Beijing Crackdown

“Ant Financial Services Group, the dominant Chinese fintech company, is shifting its main focus to technology services and away from payments and consumer finance as Beijing’s crackdown on financial risk deepens, four sources with knowledge of the matter said. The company, which is controlled by the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, plans to accelerate the shift […]
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Providers

New York State Will Regulate Online Lenders To ‘Level Playing Field’ For Banks

“Online lenders may own more than half of the personal lending market, but they face serious headwinds. For one thing, rising interest rates will increase their cost of funds, and perhaps make their offerings less attractive, and for another, regulations may arrive that make operating their businesses more expensive. In New York State, perhaps anticipating a vacuum of […]
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Global

How Canada’s Banking Protections Stifle Innovation At Home, But Give Big Six Free Rein To Expand Abroad

“Canada has a reputation for having a relatively steady banking sector and the high degree of regulation is intended to keep the financial system safe. Yet the same rules keeping everything on an even keel could also have the unintended consequences of limiting competition and consumers’ choices. Current rules include restrictions around ownership and anti-money […]
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Regulation

U.S. Proposes a National Framework for the Regulation of Fintech

“The Treasury Report and OCC Policy Statement lay out an expansive framework to improve the national regulation of the Fintech sector. In particular, the issuance of special purpose charters for Fintech companies, the codification of guidance for sponsorship arrangements between banks and Fintech companies (and proposed legislative fixes to shore-up the sponsorship model), the push […]
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Providers

Online Lenders And Payment Companies Get A Way To Act More Like Banks

“Online lenders and other so-called fintech firms — including the payment processor Square, the online lender Lending Club and the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase — have pressed for regulatory routes that would let them cut through the thicket of state and federal laws that govern financial businesses. Heeding those requests, the Treasury Department released a 222-page report laying […]
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Global

Hungarian national m-payment system struck down by EU court

“The EU Court of Justice has struck down Hungary’s national mobile payments system, saying the monopoly violates the EU’s Services Directive. The European Commission brought the case against the country. The company Nemzeti Mobilfizetesi operates the national mobile payment system since 2014, and use of its services is mandatory for mobile payments of public parking charges, road […]