On July 29, the FDIC issued an advisory to FDIC-insured financial institutions regarding deposit insurance and dealings with cryptocurrency companies. The FDIC also issued an accompanying fact sheet for consumers regarding FDIC deposit insurance and cryptocurrency companies.Read More
By Cameron Abbott and Ling Zhu
No great surprises arising from the EY FinTech Adoption Index 2017 which has revealed impressive growth in consumer uptake of FinTech products and services, with 33% of 22,000 digitally active consumers using FinTech firms – doubling from 16% in 2015. With less brand loyalty and reduced trust in traditional organisations, consumers are increasingly turning to FinTech firms as better alternatives.
Money transfer and payment services are the most popular FinTech category, with 50% of consumers using these services. This has been driven by the increasing popularity of mobile phone payments and online digital-only banks. Insurance is the second most popular service, with insurance premium comparative services simplifying the process of acquiring insurance.
FinTech has particularly excelled in emerging markets, with an adoption by digitally active consumers across China, India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico averaging 46%. The growing middle class have embraced FinTech to meet the growing demand for financial services, encouraged by cooperative regulators and policymakers.
EY anticipates that FinTech adoption will increase to 52% globally as consumers become more aware of the products and services on offer.
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By Sean Mahoney
Bank regulators are paying more attention to the role of banks in the prepaid card industry as evidenced by their new guidance on the applicability of know your customer requirements and proposed regulations on record-keeping with respect to master deposit accounts for prepaid cards and other products utilizing “pass-through” deposit insurance.
To learn more about the Interagency Guidance to Issuing Banks on Applying Customer Identification Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Cards, which provides a framework to determine whether or not a bank must apply its customer information program to holders of prepaid products for which the bank is the issuer, please visit our Consumer Financial Services Watch Blog at Prepaid Access Garners Regulatory Attention.