April 29, 2019

FCA published a report that analyzes the effectiveness of the Innovate program, which was launched in 2014 to enable innovation in financial services markets. The report sheds light on the work of FCA through Innovate, the rationale behind this work, and the reasons it advances the FCA objectives effectively. The evidence from the analysis suggests that the work of FCA, through the Innovate project, gives firms the regulatory certainty they need to develop their innovations and deliver them at speed.

The report highlights that this work encourages positive innovation domestically and internationally with incumbents responding to compete harder and improve their own offerings deliver them at speed. The report highlights that Innovate is creating a supportive regulatory environment through policy publications such as guidance on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and cryptoassets and by increasing focus on areas in which it is believed that innovation can be particularly beneficial (for example, Green FinTech Challenge and themed events). Throught this project, FCA is promoting collaboration through the Global Financial Innovation Network, has signed 11 co‑operation agreements with international regulators, has involved international peers in its regtech work and TechSprints, and is working with international standard-setters to develop global standards.

The evaluation concludes that, although it is still early, clearer conclusions on Innovate's impact can be drawn as firms spend more time in the market and the evidence base grows. However, FCA has identified ways in which it can do more now to expand the assessment capabilities. FCA is going to broaden the information it collects from firms it supports and expand how it formally monitors their progress over time. This should allow clearer comparisons with similar firms that do not receive FCA support.

 

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Keywords: Europe, UK, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Regtech, Fintech, Project Innovate, FCA

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