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International RMB usage powers ahead beyond Hong Kong
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Hong Kong’s share of the international Renminbi market has fallen over the past two years as other countries increase their share, which now stands at 25% compared to 17% in February 2013

CBI/PwC survey sees rising optimism in UK financial services

Optimism in financial services rose strongly in the three months to March and profitability improved in most sectors, according to the quarterly CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey, which tracks business revenues and investment in financial services. However, despite overall business volumes continuing to increase, the pace of growth was the slowest in a year.

Banks scramble to keep up with digital race for pace

Despite rapid increases in innovation spending in financial services, many banks are still worried that it is taking too long to roll out new technologies – and that their own fragmented organisation is getting in the way, according to a new report by Accenture.

Buy-side lacks confidence in US and EU regulators as fear of HFT grows

Long-term investors are deeply concerned about their ability to find liquidity, with nearly nine out of ten afraid that predatory high-frequency traders are preying on their flows, according to a new survey by block-trading network Liquidnet.

Standard Chartered names Daimler man as CIO

Standard Chartered has named Michael Gorriz as group chief information officer, replacing Jan Verplancke, whose departure was announced earlier this year. Gorriz is currently vice president and CIO at Daimler.

Banking Technology Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 – Multifonds

Oded Weiss, chief executive of Multifonds – winner of the Best Post-Trade Processing Product category in the recent Banking Technology Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 – talks to editor David Bannister about the advent of the AIFMD and the quest for growth in the funds management industry.

SGGTB: corporates and transaction banking

Pascal Auge, head of global transaction and payment services, Societe Generale Global Transaction Banking discusses why transaction banking has become important for corporates and what services and solutions they are looking for.

Cross-border payments: the final mile in the developing world
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There are two major trends in the cross-border payments world: an explosive growth in the number of payments between developed and developing countries, and the fact that governments, regulators and commercial actors increasingly favour payments being executed in local currency and discourage the use of US dollars to settle local.

What is the role of social media in the financial services realm?
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Social media has taken the world by storm over the past decade. Facebook, which is generally considered to be the “grandfather” of social media, was only founded 11 years ago, YouTube the next year and Twitter two years later

For The Record
New Canadian exchange Aequitas goes live on MillenniumIT platform

New Canadian exchange Aequitas NEO has gone live for the first time, using the MillenniumIT trading platform built by the London Stock Exchange’s Sri Lanka-based subsidiary.

Bell ID supports ANZ New Zealand mobile app

Host card emulation specialist Bell ID is enabling the launch of ANZ New Zealand’s upgraded goMoney mobile app, which is set to feature a cloud-based HCE NFC mobile wallet. The project, for the New Zealand division of ANZ Bank, will bring contactless mobile payments to the smartphones of more than 120,000 ANZ customers. The ANZ [...]

BCS boosts cross sales with IBM Commerce campaigns

Russian investment banking firm BCS Financial Group says using IBM Commerce to create and manage personalised marketing campaigns has increased cross sales of its online trading, brokerage, and investment strategy consulting services have increased by 20% in six months.

Santander launches ISA mobile app

Santander has launched the UK’s first standalone ISA mobile app , which was designed and developed with mobile specialist company Monitise.

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