Consumers and service providers should take note of some of the enhanced risks upon an e-money institution’s insolvency.
By Hongbei Li
Technology is rapidly changing the way customers and businesses interact with financial systems. Fintech companies are a driving force behind the disruption of traditional banking and payment services, with regulatory innovation close behind.
In the 12 months to June 2021, electronic money institutions (EMIs) in the UK processed more than £500 billion of transactions, according to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) data. In 2019, UK EMIs held £10 billion in customer funds, the UK government estimates. By 2025, more than seven in 10 smartphone owners will be mobile P2P payment users. As a major remittance source country, the UK has seen a 30% growth in its digital remittance market in 2021. According to Statista, this market is predicted to grow to more than $4.6 billion by 2025. These trends are fuelling the UK’s ambition to become a world leader in payments innovation.