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Banks scramble to keep up with digital race for pace
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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
Amusing infographic from Liquidnet

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.

Innovative technology key to transaction banking growth in Middle East

Adoption of innovative technology will be central to the fulfilment of bullish growth predictions of 25% or more for transaction banks in the Middle East, according to a survey of market participants during a recent conference in Dubai.

‘Right to a bank account’ poses challenge for EU banks

The European Parliament’s Payment Accounts Directive creates a right to a basic bank account, which must be enshrined in national law across Europe by September 2016. But the rules represent a challenge to banks’ ability to manage their business – one that speaks to the heart of the current regulatory debate, according to delegates at the Payments International conference in London this week.

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.

Collaborating to fast-track the benefits of a real–time ecosystem

Immediate payments have been available for some time now. The UK led the way with the launch of the Faster Payments Service in 2008 and other countries have followed, including Sweden, Singapore and Mexico. Real-time technology is fundamental to any mobile payments initiative and immediacy is the new norm of the digital age. Other countries can learn from the UK experience to avoid pitfalls and realise the benefits sooner.

What is the role of social media in the financial services realm?
Phil Male is

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

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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.

Türk Ekonomi Bankası to deploy HCE for contactless payments

Türk Ekonomi Bankası is to launch a mobile contactless payment application using Visa Europe’s host card emulation functionality to provide secure contactless payments.

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