Bank of England publishes a Policy Statement to enable innovative payments systems
London, 19 April 2021: Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer made an announcement as part of Fintech week, welcoming the Bank of England’s new omnibus account model, devised to allow new and innovative financial market infrastructures to access central bank settlement money. The Bank of England also issued a press release on the publication of this policy. Fnality International, a private sector initiative supported by 15 major financial institutions, is delighted to announce that it has already made an application and notes this major milestone on its journey to launch innovative DLT based payment systems, Fnality Global Payments.
Fnality started as the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project in 2016. It is now in its fourth phase of launching an initial live payment system – the first Fnality Payment System – after establishing its design goal, confirming feasibility through R&D, and creating an investable proposition. Since the initiative’s initial phase, the goal has been to drive the global payments paradigm shift necessary to support a world of tokenised asset settlement. This has been collaboratively driven by the Fnality team and the investor institutions, encompassing cutting edge technology combined with innovative legal and policy thinking. The result being a new design of distributed financial market infrastructure (dFMI) offering superior efficiency and market resilience.
Fnality sees this latest step by the Bank of England as an acknowledgement of the market need to respond to evolving technology, the need for greater efficiency, and to support growing industry adoption of tokenised cash and marketplaces. Fnality expects to fully comply with the BoE policy in supporting extensive use cases in peer to peer settlement with a new Sterling Fnality Payment System 100% backed by fiat currency funds held with the central bank.
Rhomaios Ram, Fnality CEO stated “We are delighted that the Bank of England has published a formal policy statement outlining the eligibility criteria for reserves backed digital currency arrangements like Fnality. This policy is a key enabler in delivering game changing use cases on our new payment system”.
Hyder Jaffrey, MD – Head of Principal Investments, UBS Investment Bank: “Having been involved from the start of the Fnality journey, it’s great to see the publication of this policy. It highlights the progressive and forward thinking approach taken by the Bank of England to support innovation in global payments. This approach will enable us to develop new settlement models bringing significant market benefits to all stakeholders”.
John Whelan, MD – Digital Investment Bank & Innovation, Banco Santander: ” It is exciting to see this development from the Bank of England supporting the opportunity to use tokenised cash assets on next generation payment systems enabling on-chain wholesale exchange of value.”
Andrea Melville, MD, Commercialisation & Propositions, Lloyds Banking Group: “As a British bank, we are pleased to see that the Bank of England is providing the markets with opportunities to deliver a new payment supported by the latest technologies. This is an important milestone in the evolution of the financial services industry.”
Fnality is building regulated payment systems to enable new post-trade processes which will lead to significant reductions in risk and cost, remove many inefficiencies of fragmented liquidity, as well as enabling new ways of settling financial obligations.