Securefact Round Ups are published once a month and feature summaries and opinions from our in-house experts on select handpicked articles that caught their eyes in the areas of Fintech, RegTech, Compliance, Know Your Customer, Secured Lending, AML, and Fraud.

Are Google and Amazon a Competitive Threat to Banks?

Millennials in the United States may end up doing their banking with Amazon, Google, Facebook or Apple when given the opportunity. In a recent study by Accenture over 34,000 generation Y adults/millennials (aged 22 to 34) were asked if they’d bank, buy insurance and get investment advice from these tech companies. The chart below illustrates the competitive threat tech companies represent to traditional banks, credit unions and insurance companies.

The report “Financial Providers: Transforming Distribution Models for the Evolving Consumer” [pdf download] identifies five key trends that consumers want the financial services sector to deliver.

Download the report here.

OSC Announces Fintech Advisory Committee (FAC) Members

On January 26, 2017 the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the members of their new Fintech Advisory Committee (FAC). The committee members will serve a one year term and will be chaired by Pat Chaukos, Chief of OSC Launchpad. OSC Launchpad provides direct support to Fintech companies helping them navigate Canada’s regulatory environment.

In November, the OSC and Launchpad held a RegTech Hackathon bringing together key stakeholders in the finance, fintech and regtech space. The goal being to discuss and develop more efficient regtech solutions for the financial services industry. Learn more about the Ontario Securities Commission Hackathon and watch the video below.


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Read the full announcement here.

Payments Great With Trump?

President Donald Trump has promised to reduce regulations and this post by Adam Atlas [LinkedIn | Twitter]  provides some key areas to consider as the administration settles in.

According to Adam the administration may target the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau who have increased regulations in lending, banking and money transmissions. He suggests that Fintech regulations may be fast tracked, that a national MSB regime may become a reality and a way that Mexico could pay for “the wall”.


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Mr. Atlas suggests that Canada’s payment businesses success stories could be seen as exemplary regulatory example to follow. Finally, if parts of Dodd-Frank are rolled back, it could have implications for lending, cash advances and consumer credit.

Read full article here.

From Trump to technology: Canadian bank CEOs weigh in on what’s to come

CEOs from Canada’s top banks provided their thoughts on the economy, the Trump administration and innovation in this CBC news article. From an innovation perspective most executives concede that payment processing is being disrupted and that younger Canadians prefer to bank online. They’re also looking for value add services such as robo-advisors, digital ways to borrow and make payments to friends from their smartphones. Artificial intelligence is being used for stock trading and there are plans to roll it out for customer service. The expectation is that digital channels will become increasingly important, and in some cases the primary service channel, for banks. In part, this is leading banks to re-think how many physical branches they will need in the future and the role they will play in delivering value to customers.

Read full article here.


Various members of the Securefact team contributed to this post.

The Payments Canada Summit 2017

Securefact is proud to be a silver sponsor at The Payments Canada Summit 2017 taking place this Tuesday through to Friday in Toronto. Come visit us in booth #34 and discuss the five ways you can turn compliance obligations into your competitive advantage. 5 Ways to...