ABA Statement on Treasury and OCC Fintech Announcements

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“America’s banks have been at the forefront of innovation since this country was founded, and today the financial technology offered by banks provides our customers unprecedented safety, security and convenience. To ensure that innovation continues, it’s imperative that the federal government support the development of new technologies that will allow financial institutions to better serve their customers and communities while maintaining the safety and soundness we all want and deserve.

“We are encouraged to see that the Treasury Department’s fintech report recognizes the innovative technologies banks have already deployed and will continue to develop, both on their own and in partnership with others. We continue to review the recommendations in the report, but we appreciate that many of the ideas are consistent with the principles set forth in the white paper ABA sent to Treasury earlier this year.

“In particular, we welcome the flexibility Treasury recommends in allowing banks to partner with financial start-ups to deliver new products through trusted channels and the need for sensitive customer financial data remain protected.  ABA will carefully review Treasury’s payments recommendations to ensure they reflect the market-based approaches that serve customers so well today. We also want to commend Treasury’s encouragement to regulators to keep pace with the impressive financial innovations reaching consumers every day.

“On the heels of the Treasury report, we are pleased to see the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency moving forward with their new fintech charter that maintains the strict safety and soundness requirements all banks face today. Today’s OCC announcement supports a dynamic banking industry where all players must meet the same high standards, face the same regulatory oversight and share the same affirmative responsibility to serve their communities.

“We look forward to working with Treasury, OCC and the other relevant regulatory agencies in charting a future that gives all Americans access to the financial products they want and need.”

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The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $10 trillion in loans.

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