What RegTech and Regulatory Sandboxes Can Learn From Entrepreneurs

The general perception of regulators is that they are slow and reactive. The Dodd-Frank Act illustrates this. It was passed in 2010, only two years after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), its full implementation remains a work in progress. And despite the effort, time and resources invested in it, Dodd-Frank represents a less significant shift than the ones effected in the early 1930s and the mid-to-late 1980s. Dodd-Frank is really only a reactive and incremental improvement that has had limited impact on financial markets and their structure.

In the (almost) 10 years that have passed since the GFC, what has emerged strongly is FinTech. While the regulators have been implementing post-crisis reforms, entrepreneurs have been busy. And now it seems that with their regulatory houses more in order, regulators are beginning to also embrace forward-looking innovation. The best illustration of this is the speed with which regulatory sandboxes have been announced. So far, over nine have been announced, of which six have emerged in the last four months and 60% of them have been establish ...

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