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Bank of England Stress Tests Reveal FinTech Competition
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BritCoin vs BitCoin: Central banks stepping into the digital currency arena

Bank of England Stress Tests Reveal FinTech Competition

By Jonathan Lawrence

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.

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BritCoin vs BitCoin: Central banks stepping into the digital currency arena

By Jim Bulling and Michelle Chasser

Certain governments around the world are exploring the possibility of central bank issued digital currencies using distributed ledger technology (DLT) which could compete with private digital currency systems such as BitCoin.

Following the release of the Bank of England’s (BofE) paper on central bank issued digital currencies, the Deputy governor of monetary policy appeared before the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee to discuss the effect ‘BritCoin’ would have on the economy. The BofE has previously raised the possibilities of using BritCoin for retail transfers and issuing interest bearing accounts or ‘wallets’ to hold BritCoins.

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