August 2021: New BIS Bulletin – Regulating big techs in finance

By  Agustín Carstens, Stijn Claessens, Fernando Restoy and Hyun Song Shin

Key Takeaways:

  • Big tech firms entering financial services can scale up rapidly with user data from their existing business lines in e-commerce and social media, and by harnessing the inherent network effects in digital services.
  • In addition to traditional policy concerns such as financial risks, consumer protection and operational resilience, the entry of big techs into financial services gives rise to new challenges surrounding the concentration of market power and data governance.
  • The current framework for regulating financial services follows an activities-based approach where providers must hold licences for specific business lines. There is scope to address the new policy challenges by developing specific entity-based rules, as proposed in several key jurisdictions – notably the European Union, China and the United States.

Regulating big techs in finance