From Innovation to Execution
The fire for innovation in financial services has long been raging, and regulators, having transformed their modus operandi to keep pace with the force of technological change, are carefully approaching their role in the great rewiring of the financial system.
The fear once invoked by terms like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, or data sharing, has been relegated to the past, and the role of technology in the future of financial services is now accepted as being intrinsic to its success.
With Open Banking reaching new realms of maturity, players have begun questioning how best to measure its success in a post-pandemic world. While Open Finance edges ever closer to pulling all focus away from the original Open Banking objectives, innovators are looking for ways to unbridle all pretence tied to our traditional view of what finance should achieve. Instead, they are placing impeccable user experience at the centre of their offering.
This unbridling is also becoming apparent in the burgeoning appetite for decentralised finance offerings by retail and institutional investors. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) inject another layer into this mix, as central banks and governments carefully weigh up the advantages and risks of diving straight into the opportunity they present.
Regulators are caught in the middle of these rapidly evolving trends and forces, attempting to stay the regulatory course by ensuring stability and security, while also motivated to remain at the forefront of this technology. Resilience has never been a more important focus for regulators, who are shifting responsibility directly onto market players to ensure strength across intertwined systems.
Selecting a handful of areas tied to fintech that are either ripe for, or undergoing seismic regulatory evolution, we’ve compiled a wealth of insights from industry experts who have shared their views on the changes we can expect in 2022.
This new Finextra report features commentary from industry experts across a breadth of financial, technology and regulatory firms, which include contributions from Accenture; A&O Consulting; Bird & Bird; Change Gap; Coutts; Herbert Smith Freehills; Hogan Lovells; Plaid; Proskauer; P2 Consulting; McDermott, Will & Emery; Noll Historical Consulting LLC; Société Générale; State Street; and The DPO Centre.
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