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Financial products

At the end of last year, BaFin's Securities Supervision Directorate carried out extensive Internet research into possible violations of laws. Particular attention was given to the regulations which offerors of financial products must observe when advertising such products. More : Financial products

Payment Services

The new Directive on Payment Services further develops the European internal market for electronic payments. To this end, the provisions of the old Directive have been adapted for the innovative payment systems using the Internet and mobile technology, some of which are still in development. More : Payment Services


The UCITS V Implementation Act transposes the provisions of the European UCITS V Directive into German law. It also introduces some changes that are not conditional on the Directive, for instance rules regarding the granting of loans by alternative investment funds (AIFs). More : UCITS V

Distributed Ledger

Virtual currencies have attracted much public attention in recent years. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is also receiving more attention as the technological basis for virtual currencies. This article explains how DLT works, how it can be applied and what effect it may have on the financial market. More : Distributed Ledger


An internal BaFin project group started work on the topic of FinTechs at the end of November. Its objective is to observe the latest developments in the FinTech market, and to review whether BaFin needs to adjust its processes in view of new developments in the area of digitalisation. More : FinTechs



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