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Ripple’s blockchain network going places with ten new faces

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Ten more financial institutions have jumped onboard Ripple’s blockchain network for cross-border payments. The new faces are MUFG, BBVA, SEB, Akbank, Axis Bank, YES Bank, SBI Remit, Cambridge Global Payments, Star One Credit Union and eZforex.com – representing a mix of banks and payment service providers (PSPs). “The world’s largest banks have been the first […]

Fintech funding round-up: 26 April 2017

Funding concept with smartphone

They said it. We read it. We edit. Hot on the heels of Monday’s (24 April) fintech funding round-up, we have more action. Featuring Quovo, Gnosis and Indian Angel Network. New York-based Quovo, a data platform providing insights and connectivity for financial accounts, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. F-Prime Capital and Napier […]

All go for Mizuho and IBM blockchain-powered trade finance

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Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM Japan have teamed up to build a blockchain-based trade financing platform – with commercialisation edging ever forward. With the platform, Mizuho is aiming to “make it easier” for parties involved in the supply chain, including exporters, importers, shippers, insurance companies, port operators and port authorities, to “share critical […]

Blockchain and Bitcoin round-up: 26 April 2017

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Here’s something brief to avoid wasting precious minutes on pernicious waffle. A blockchain and Bitcoin round-up, featuring Populous, Humaniq, BOScoin and the Winklevoss twins. In the UK, blockchain invoice and trade finance platform Populous will launch its initial coin offering (ICO) on 16 July. It is an Ethereum-based platform and uses smart contracts, XBRL data […]

Swift launches blockchain proof of concept

New addition to Swift's network

Swift has launched a proof of concept (PoC) to explore whether blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) can be used by banks to improve the reconciliation of their nostro databases in real time. Under the current correspondent banking model, Swift says banks need to monitor the funds in their overseas accounts via debit and credit updates and […]

2017: South Africa – blockchain fizzle or sizzle?

Tanya Knowles, Fractal Solutions

While the maturity of blockchain discussions and advances are at different stages of development around the world, blockchain is said to be at the height of the Gartner hype cycle. This implies that 2017 will be the year where disillusionment with the technology begins. However, 2017 may also see some real breakthroughs with its application and the emergence of pockets of the first concrete results.

BBVA and Ripple complete blockchain cross-border money transfer pilot

BBVA and Ripple in blockchain cross-border payments trial

BBVA has announced the completion of “the first real-life implementation of an international money transfer using Ripple’s new distributed ledger technology (DLT)”. The transaction, which ran on BBVA infrastructures with real money, resulted in money moved between Spain and Mexio “in a matter of seconds”.

SEC deals another blow to Bitcoin trading; ECB says “no” to blockchain

Regulators not keen on blockchain and Bitcoin

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) again has denied the listing and trading of Bitcoin, the decentralised digital currency. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) has determined that whilst distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, has its advantages, it is not an option for the Eurosystem’s financial framework.

Fund times with BNP Paribas blockchain-powered platform

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BNP Paribas Securities Services is partnering with AXA Investment Managers for the creation of a new digital fund distribution platform. Called BNP Paribas Fund Link, it aims to make the fund distribution process better by improving the flow of information between fund buyers and sellers via blockchain and smart contract technology. Jean Devambez, head of […]

Fintech in the US: where is regulation headed?

Di Florio will be responsible for protecting US investors

Aaron Cutler, partner, and Loyal Horsley, associate at Hogan Lovells, examine the state-level fintech regulation, proposed legislative solutions, and provides a brief overview of international regulation.

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