Colorado passed a law this week that could have a dramatic effect on the ability of fintech lenders to do business in the state.
In 2016 government regulators became more involved in the fintech industry in a variety of ways; while new regulations were discussed across the globe, governments also got more involved in the industry through sandbox and innovation programs; China's fintech market continued to grow in 2016 with both private market funding and fintech company growth; in 2016 robo advisors and blockchain emerged with new services; the market now offers a broader range of robo advisor services and the leading asset managers have introduced their own platforms; blockchain also reported unprecedented growth with distributed ledger being used for a wider variety of solutions across all industries; all of these industry developments are expected to remain in focus for 2017. Source
The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold an industry conference on financial innovation, titled, "Financial Innovation: Online Lending to Households and Small Businesses"; the event will take place on December 2 and will involve academics, industry participants and policymakers; discussions will focus on academic research and the evolving online lending industry. Source
The report found that more than half of banks reported challenges reducing cyberattacks, and nearly half of firms are concerned with safeguarding sensitive data and adapting to consumer privacy laws.
On June 13, the UK released its digital strategy paper looking at all growth areas such as intellectual property, leveling up, and talent.
Regulators have traditionally responded to bad actors in financial innovation by attacking the underlying technology versus those wielding it as a weapon.
I first wrote about the GAO report on p2p lending last year. The GAO have been doing an analysis of...
Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, gave more insight on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) plans for fintech regulation at a banking and innovation conference in London; Curry reported that regulation would be consistent with current banking standards, noting in his comments that, "if the OCC decides to grant a national charter in this area, the institution will be held to the same high standards of safety, soundness and fairness that other federally chartered institutions must meet"; the OCC is continuing with its plans for an Innovation Office and Curry said he would be releasing a white paper on fintech innovation. Source