RegTech: Crucial Pillar of Financial Technology
The financial sector adheres to strict regulations, including the FinTech companies changing the world of finance, but the technology handling regulatory compliance is also adapting.
Better known as RegTech, regulation technology is emerging as a means to handle the data and security that make dealing with finances so sensitive in the digital era. Organizing data through analytics with identification and authority is important for any financial entity, and FinTech companies are no exception.
By managing more and more data, FinTech companies require tools to ensure compliance with greater agility and credibility. As they evolve their own technologies, RegTech has done the same, forging an unlikely situation where various sides of the equation are working closer together.
“RegTech brings together unlikely partners — banks, regulators, and technology firms — to create solutions that will benefit the financial services industry as a whole,” says Jon Jones, president at Trulioo. “It’s only through collaboration that financial institutions can achieve reliable, cost-effective compliance while regulators can ensure that regulatory control is being managed effectively.”
This does mark a significant shift for all involved, because legacy systems have long managed compliance from a distance. RegTech can have a more immediate impact, with basic tasks that reduce operational risks in meeting compliance and reporting obligations.
It could also help FinTech reorient more resources and focus on security and risk mitigation, which is critical when identification and authority need to be protected from being compromised.
“RegTech offers an opportunity to repurpose compliance teams, offering the opportunity to automate typically mundane but burdensome tasks and allowing them instead to establish a renewed focus on risk mitigation,” he says. “The goal is to continue to remove hurdles that would hinder FinTech’s contribution to creating an enhanced, fair, and resilient financial system — from this perspective RegTech is an innovation enabler.”
This article originally published in The National Post.
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By leveraging the advantages offered by RegTech solutions, fintech companies can decisively address concerns that banks might have about risk in the sector. Companies that adopt RegTech make a strong statement by showing their commitment to innovation in regulatory compliance.
“Businesses are only as strong as their weakest link, which is often outside of their direct sphere of influence,” said Jon Jones, President at Trulioo. “Any RegTech solution needs to be fully transparent and trusted in regards to data flow, data retention, data use – all elements that we take to heart.
By 2020, the demand for governance, regulatory, and compliance (GRC) software worldwide is expected to be just under $120 billion. Although RegTech solutions could lead to a 600 percent return on investment with a payback period of under three years , most financial service providers are still slow to invest in RegTech.
As it becomes more feasible to use RegTech solutions to automate the compliance process, many gains can be expected. Some of these gains include better customer experience, greater financial inclusion, improved Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance, increased profitability, and lower operating costs.
The Institute of International Finance reported that a major U.S. bank said in a 2014 letter to its shareholders that it spent $2 billion to hire 13,000 new employees between 2012 and 2014 to support its regulatory compliance function. During that same period, this bank spent $600 million on regulatory and control technology.