The Bank of England (BofE) published its 2017 UK bank stress test results on 28 November. The BofE found that incumbent institutions are probably underestimating the impact that increased FinTech competition could have on their profitability:
- Diminishing revenue from overdraft products. Currently, unarranged overdraft fees are one of the biggest contributors to UK banks’ annual pre-tax profits. FinTechs, like personal financial management services, should help people better manage their money to avoid becoming overdrawn, and aggregation platforms will increasingly redirect customers to cheaper credit options, diminishing their need for overdraft facilities and reducing banks’ returns on such products. Banks may be doubly hit if the UK Financial Conduct Authority decides to impose a strict price cap on the overdraft fees banks can charge customers.