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UK forges ahead with digital banking agenda

UK forges ahead with digital banking agenda

The Banking Competition Remedies holds first event to help applicants understand RBS £775 million State Aid Alternatives Remedies Package.

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Today the Banking Competition Remedies is holding its first event to help applicants understand how the RBS £775m State Aid Alternatives Remedies Package will work. Our head of Fintech comments on what this means for UK banking.

Anton Ruddenklau, global co-head of fintech, KPMG:

“Whatever the process, the £775 million State Aid Alternatives Remedies Package has the potential to revolutionise the UK banking market. However, though a hefty sum, neither firms nor the public should be fixated on the sums of money involved, instead we should be entirely focused on the almost unimaginable impact of its potential outcome. 

“Marcus, Goldman Sachs’ digital retail bank, today launches its highly competitive UK savings product - a small indication of what’s to come.  We estimate that by 2020, UK banks will be spending more on data related technologies than their legacy systems in pursuit of digital banking.

“Building entirely new banks untethered to any existing systems will help the sector bring its technological capabilities up to scratch, especially as greenfield banks are well placed to work with and utilise the abundance of start-up fintechs in the UK.

 “We are all only too aware of the challenges incumbent banks face - cumbersome technology, high operating costs and a weighty cocktail of compliance challenges - so when there is the funding, innovation and skills to invest in greenfield approaches, why continue with sticking plasters?“

The remedy fund provides one crucial ingredient to ensuring UK fintech maintains its global dominance and supports the creation of a competitive, customer focussed UK financial system. I’m excited to see what comes out the other side of this process.”

 -ENDS- 

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