July 31, 2018: Statement by DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo on Treasury’s Endorsement of Regulatory Sandboxes for Fintech Companies and the OCC’s Decision to Accept Fintech Charter Applications

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July 31, 2018

STATEMENT BY DFS SUPERINTENDENT MARIA T. VULLO ON TREASURY’S ENDORSEMENT OF REGULATORY SANDBOXES FOR FINTECH COMPANIES AND THE OCC’S DECISION TO ACCEPT FINTECH CHARTER APPLICATIONS

“The New York State Department of Financial Services fiercely opposes the Department of Treasury’s endorsement of regulatory ‘sandboxes’ for financial technology companies. The idea that innovation will flourish only by allowing companies to evade laws that protect consumers, and which also safeguard markets and mitigate risk for the financial services industry, is preposterous. Toddlers play in sandboxes. Adults play by the rules. Companies that truly want to create change and thrive over the long-term appreciate the importance of developing their ideas and protecting their customers within a strong state regulatory framework.

DFS also strongly opposes today’s decision by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to begin accepting applications for national bank charters from nondepository financial technology (fintech) companies. DFS believes that this endeavor, which is also wrongly supported by the Treasury Department, is clearly not authorized under the National Bank Act. As DFS has noted since the OCC’s proposal, a national fintech charter will impose an entirely unjustified federal regulatory scheme on an already fully functional and deeply rooted state regulatory landscape.”

 

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