Open letter to Project Financial Crime c/o The Payments Association

Fintech has been lionized by the government and financial authorities as a dynamic new sector of the UK economy, bringing new offerings and competition: next stop is cryptocurrency, the enabling legislation for which is going through Parliament.

The sector is ostensibly very concerned about financial crime, and its main trade body – The Payments Association – […]

Failures of Fintech – Open Banking and Authorised Push Payment Fraud

Our recent research paper on Britcoin examined several of the failures in the Fintech digital payments industry that have gone unresolved.

The paper is entitled ‘CAPTURE – BigTech and Digital Payment Giants dominate the committees evaluating the replacement of physical cash with ‘Britcoin’ – a UK ‘Central Bank Digital Currency’’.You can find a click-through to the full paper here:http://www.lyddonconsulting.com/capture-a-major-new-paper-on-the-committees-considering-a-uk-central-bank-digital-currency/

A major Fintech detriment for end-users comes […]

FTX could be ‘game over’ for Central Bank Digital Currency, and for other dominos: Fintech, Open Banking, the Great Re-set et al

As first published by IREF on www.irefeurope.org as an Online Article on 23rd November 2022:

Introduction

Up until recently the proponents of the cluster of financial developments around the Great Re-Set, Decentralized Finance, Central Bank Digital Currency, Financial Inclusion, Fintech, Open Banking et al have had things very much their own way: forming their own committees packed […]

‘CAPTURE’ – a major new paper on the committees considering a UK Central Bank Digital Currency

UK payments have, over the last ten years, become increasingly digital and become the domain of a technocratic elite, working in tandem with Big Tech and the major payment card brands.

The UK’s ‘digital payments journey’ thus far has left an amount of damaging debris on the road behind it: Authorized Push Payment Fraud, inflationary Deductions-from-face-value […]

The Payment Systems Regulator’s PS22/2 Card-acquiring market remedies: final decision = surrender

On 6th October 2022 the PSR published its Final Decisions on its major and multi-year ‘work’ on the costs of accepting card payments for merchants. Costs, in this case, focuses on the service fees paid by a merchant to its appointed merchant acquirer. The all-in costs include the deductions-from-face-value, which the PSR has elected to […]

Apparatus for UK’s financial management is dead in the water

A major change in the financial management of the UK is needed. The current upsurge in inflation may have been triggered by energy prices, but the seedbed for it has been in the creation since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2007/8. Policy formulation has receded into a […]