Banking Technology October 2016 issue out now

Banking Technology October 2016

The latest edition of our flagship magazine – Banking Technology – is out now, packed with news, analysis and insights, case studies, research and expert commentary.

Top fintech stories this week – 14 October 2016

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! MasterCard to buy French payment firm Stet? EXCLUSIVE. Payments processor could be a target. Brooks Macdonald puts IT revamp with Third Financial on hold EXCLUSIVE. All freeze for wealth management firm. Banks behaving badly in Singapore Monetary Authority […]

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority fines Sonali Bank for AML fails

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The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Sonali Bank UK £3.25 million for “serious” anti-money laundering (AML) systems failings. It has imposed a restriction, preventing it from accepting deposits from new customers for 168 days, and fined the bank’s former money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Steven Smith, £17,900 and prohibited him from performing the […]

An unfiltered view of filters


With regulators placing ever greater demands on institutions in the area of sanctions, it is essential that institutions screen their customers and transactions against relevant sanctions lists. Regulators are showing less tolerance for errors than in the past. Not only have fines have been imposed on banks but also on payments companies and casinos. Specifically, […]

Banks behaving badly in Singapore

Singapore-listed stocks can now be traded in London

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is withdrawing the merchant bank status of Falcon Private Bank’s Singapore branch for “serious failures” in anti-money laundering (AML) controls and “improper conduct” by senior management at the head office in Switzerland as well as the Singapore branch. MAS is also imposing financial penalties on DBS Bank and UBS’s […]

BCEE selects SmartStream for custodian data and IRS regulations

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Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxembourg (BCEE) has implemented SmartStream’s Corona Universal Data solution to help complete audit trails and meet US regulatory requirements. SmartStream says in order to comply with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), banks “only have a few weeks to reconcile annual data before the legal cut off”. It says its […]

BGFI Bank picks Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX for regulatory reporting

Wolters Kluwer gains new client for OneSumX

BGFI Bank, the Gabon-based financial services conglomerate, has chosen Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX regulatory reporting software for its French and European banking authority reporting obligations. The bank is also using the firm’s Regulatory Update Service. This service is maintained by Wolters Kluwer experts who actively monitor regulation in approximately 50 countries, “helping to ensure the solution […]

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority suffers IT incident on regulatory data system


The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had an IT incident on its online system, Gabriel, for collecting and storing regulatory data from firms. Due to the “unexpected IT incident”, it was unable to implement Taxonomy, which came into effect on 1 October. Those firms who were required to comply with the Capital Requirements Directive […]

IBM Watson learns compliance in Promontory purchase

IBM working with Standard Life and ING Direct Australia

IBM plans to acquire Promontory Financial Group, a risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm, to boost IBM Watson’s cognitive technology. Upon close of the deal, Promontory’s employees will train Watson, which will learn by “continuously ingesting regulatory information as it is created and through interaction in real-world applications”. Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice-president, IBM […]

SEPA: lighting the blue touch paper

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The single euro payments area is up and running and has proved to be a catalyst for change in the payments industry. We look at the story so far.