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IBM and seven European banks team for SME trade finance blockchain project

SAP launches Blockchain-as-a-Service

A group of seven large European banks, Digital Trade Chain Consortium, have turned to IBM to build and host a new trade finance platform, based on IBM Blockchain powered by Hyperledger Fabric.

Mobile-only bank Pepper now live

Pepper – here to spice up your banking world. Image source: Pepper

Israel’s Bank Leumi has launched its new digital banking subsidiary, Pepper.

Wirecard’s new POS suite offers merchants power of data

Wirecard

Wirecard has launched a new POS service that integrates self-learning technology to help retailers increase customer conversion, reduce attrition rates, predict future consumer behavior and link points of sale with e-commerce.

UK regulator calls for more competition in payments

PSR calls for more competition in payments

The UK needs more competition in its retail payments infrastructure. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the country’s Payment Systems Regulator (PSR).

The rise of Islamic fintech, global opportunities for Bahrain

David Parker, Bahrain Economic Development Board

In its recent survey of the Islamic finance industry, S&P estimated that the sector’s total assets have now reached just over $2 trillion. Given that the modern version of Islamic finance is only decades old, this represents exceptional growth over a comparatively short period of time.

Analysis: MiFID II – the new transparency regime

Mifid

Having been a fixture on the regulatory agenda for years, the go-live date for MiFID II is now rapidly approaching. On 3 January 2018, the second iteration of Europe’s Market in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation will bring in sweeping changes to the financial markets on topics such as product governance and suitability, transaction reporting, commodities position limits and transparency.

Money20/20 Europe: let AI negotiate

Money20/20 Europe 2017: KAPOW!

Are trends eclectic for artificial intelligence (AI)? Perhaps not as the fintech world is getting more imaginative and calling for the machines to negotiate on behalf of less-than-objective humans. At this morning’s (26 June) sessions at Money20/20 in Copenhagen, the themes of AI use cases in financial services and fraud were discussed.

mBank moves into fintech vendor space with new digital banking system

mBank

Poland-based mBank has started to license its mobile and online banking system to other financial institutions outside Poland. The first taker is La Banque Postale (LBP) in France. The implementation will be carried out with the help of Accenture, mBank’s “strategic partner”. Alice Holzman, director of digital at LBP and lead of the bank’s New […]

The Monday mindset: 26 June 2017

Banca D’Alba

Fintech zeitgeist! Every Monday, we might look back at last week; look ahead to this week; share a few thoughts (our own or others); or discuss anything that catches our eye. This week, Banking Technology’s editor Tanya Andreasyan looks at one bank that has managed to successfully converge its digital and “brick and mortar” journeys […]

Insurtech firm Clark and N26 launch digital insurance service

N26 moves into insurance  market with Clark

Clark, a German insurance robo-advisor, has inked a deal with mobile bank N26. Clark says its Bancassurance-API will help customers of N26 “to better understand their current tariffs and improve their insurance situation”.

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