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Challenger bank BFC edges towards 2018 launch

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BFC Bank, a subsidiary of the Bahrain Financing Company money transfer group, has completed its mobilisation process and is preparing for a launch in early 2018. As reported last year, BFC received authorisation from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). After an initial “soft launch” for selected companies (such as SMEs […]

Deutsche Bank unveils first paperless import payment solution in India

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Deutsche Bank has launched the “first” paperless import payment solution in India with its TradePay system. TradePay uses the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Import Data Processing and Monitoring System (IDPMS) to verify import payments by checking them against details made available by the client on the system, “eliminating the need for clients to share […]

Alastria blockchain consortium springs up in Spain

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A variety of Spanish banking, energy and telecommunications companies have established Alastria, the “world’s first regulated national network based on blockchain”. The non-profit consortium will develop distributed ledger technology (DLT), which it believes is “set to become the new data exchange ecosystem”. As reported in May, the group created Red Lyra, the “first multisector technology […]

Standard Chartered gets personalised for investment ideas in Asia

Standard Chartered on a major cost- and job-cutting spree

This time it’s personal. Standard Chartered has launched a digital wealth management tool that can customise investment ideas in a lively and rapid manner. Called Personalised Investment Ideas (PII), the idea is to help “priority banking” clients respond faster to market opportunities with automated investment ideas based on considerations such as their risk profile and […]

ATB Financial live on Murex treasury and capital markets tech

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Canada’s ATB Financial has gone live with a new treasury and capital markets (TCM) solution, MX.3, supplied by Murex. The solution is delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis.

BMB Investment Bank in treasury tech revamp with TCS Bancs

New treasury tech project for TCS in Bahrain

Bahrain-based BMB Investment Bank has opted to modernise its treasury operations with the TCS Bancs system from TCS Financial Solutions.

ECB targets new RTGS platform

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The European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) governing council will decide by the end of this year whether to greenlight a new real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system to replace the decade-old Target2 platform.

NSD makes it possible to maintain financial privacy in blockchain use

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It took just half a year for the team of National Settlement Depository (NSD), Russia’s central securities depository, to find a solution for the challenge of maintaining confidentiality when verifying distributed ledger transactions.

Instant payments in Europe: moving from theory to practice

Carlo Palmers, Swift

We live in impatient times – everyone wants to be able to pay who they want when they want, instantly and regardless of location. The UK has had instant payments since 2008; Faster Payments volumes have exceeded all predictions and now exceed 135 million per month.

The race to meaningfully engage with customers is on

Bragi Fjalldal, Meniga

The disruptive threats that banks face today are well documented: fintechs, decentralised cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology and now the tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Apple, to name a few. These players are all now placing themselves between retail banks and their customers, meaning that banks are not just competing with other banks anymore.

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