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Dubai takes on seven new firms into regulatory sandbox, including crypto firms

The latest cohort launched in November 2018 and many applicants offer a range of technology-driven solutions and products, including the digitisation of bond and sukuk issuances using smart contracts

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FCA proposes permanent ban on binary options and restrictions on CFDs for retail investors

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on a proposed ban on the sale, marketing and distribution of binary options and restrictions to the sale, marketing and distribution of contracts for difference and similar products to retail customers

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FinCEN and federal banking agencies call for private sector innovation to fight money laundering and terrorism financing

The statement encourages the private sector to innovate ways to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other illicit financial threats and makes clear that regulators are keen to engage with the private sector on this issue

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Switzerland introduces "relaxed" FinTech licence

The new licence allows institutions to accept public deposits of up to CHF 100 million, provided that these are not invested and no interest is paid on them

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Shanghai and Singapore to strengthen financial links

The Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Shanghai Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau have announced key areas for closer financial co-operation 

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Japan and France sign FinTech co-operation frameworks

Japan’s Financial Services Agency has signed agreements with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers and the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution of France to promote innovation in their respective markets

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UK FCA outlines steps to combat risks linked to cryptoassets

The UK Financial Conduct Authority is planning to take a series of steps to tackle potential risks linked to cryptoassets, including considering banning some cryptocurrency-based derivatives


Operational resilience: a PRA priority

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority has updated its approaches to banking and insurance supervision and all firms are expected to put plans in place to resume essential and systemically important functions in the event of major disruption